) Incorporated, a global provider of specialty glass and ceramics, revealed today that during the first five months of the year, the sales of liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs in the U.S. were very strong. This reinforces the company's belief that the 2008 global LCD glass market will grow at the upper end of its original 25 percent to 30 percent year-over-year estimate.
"So far this year, we are not seeing evidence of the economic downturn impacting our forecasted growth," said James Flaws, vice chairman and chief financial officer.
"In fact, the evidence we have shows that May LCD TV sales in the U.S. increased nearly 50 percent over a year ago. This view is consistent with outside, third-party sources such as The NPD, an independent consumer market research firm. We cannot guarantee that retail sales will remain resistant to economic pressures. However, the strength of TV sales to date is consistent with consumers' behavior during the last three recessions,” Flaws explained.
"We have seen LCD TV sales grow significantly year over year every month this year. The strength of reported LCD TV sales through the first five months of this year leads us to believe that the worldwide market will reach the 105 million units that we originally forecasted," Flaws added.
Regarding supply chain concerns, Flaws said, "Our conversations with our customers, the panel manufacturers, indicate that their inventories are at very reasonable levels as the supply chain prepares for seasonally robust second-half demand."
Flaws added that Corning's display facilities continue to operate at full capacity, “and our customers are also running at high utilization rates.”
Corning Incorporated is among the world leaders in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences.
The company’s products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware and equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.
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