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Quake shuts down Taiwan LCD plants

Quake shuts down Taiwan LCD plants

With CMO and HannStar responsible for over 16 percent of the worlds' LCD panels, the recent quake could cost the industry dearly.

An earthquake which hit Taiwan yesterday has forced two major LCD panel manufacturers to shut down their production lines temporarily - potentially restricting the supply of screens to OEMs.

As reported over on VentureBeat, the 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit an area near the southern city of Kaohsuing, causing five fires and twelve injuries - mostly contained in the southern part of Taiwan. Thankfully, there are no reports of any deaths.

However, the earthquake was powerful enough to cause buildings to shake in Taipei - and to make Chi Mei Optoelectroics and HannStar Display Corporation suspend manufacturing in their Tainan Science Park plants pending a full damage report and any aftershocks that could further damage their facilities.

The two companies are believed to be responsible for the manufacture of over 16 percent of LCD panels worldwide according to industry watcher iSuppli - and with a shutdown typically taking at least a full day to reverse even without any damage being caused, that's a big chunk of panels out of circulation. With larger OEMs often relying on rapid procurement of parts, this could potentially lead to a shortage of panels in the near future - and the delay or unavailability of certain product lines.

Thankfully, with the worst of the earthquake contained to a largely uninhabited mountain region, it shouldn't be too long before Taiwan - and its manufacturing facilities - get back on their feet.

Are you amazed that a 6.4 magnitude earthquake could result in so little damage, or are you concerned about the knock-on effects an LCD panel shortage could have on prices? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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RichCreedy 5th March 2010, 14:52 Quote
there goes up the price of tft's
scawp 5th March 2010, 14:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by RichCreedy
there goes up the price of tft's

agreed
Matticus 5th March 2010, 14:56 Quote
I thought this was about the game Quake at first glance lol.

What is with all these Earthquakes and natural disasters recently.
proxess 5th March 2010, 15:04 Quote
It's the end of the world. The Mayans predicted it.
tonyd223 5th March 2010, 15:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Matticus
I thought this was about the game Quake at first glance lol.

What is with all these Earthquakes and natural disasters recently.

+1
MitchBomcanhao 5th March 2010, 15:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Matticus

What is with all these Earthquakes and natural disasters recently.

its business as usual, but the press is focusing on them more then they usually did.

there are on average more than 10 earthquakes of this magnitude per MONTH.
andrew8200m 5th March 2010, 15:57 Quote
There best not be any Quakes when I get to go... Im sleeping in a tent to make sure im safe :D

Andy
Furymouse 5th March 2010, 16:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
It's the end of the world. The Mayans predicted it.

You'd think a people who can predict the future would foresee their downfall and do something about it
Sheiken 5th March 2010, 16:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
It's the end of the world. The Mayans predicted it.

Its just a taste of whats to come in 2012....

And I thought it was something regarding a new Quake game...
Unknownsock 5th March 2010, 17:14 Quote
I can't imagine this will have a massive effect on pricesm unless manufacturers really use this an an excuse.
16% may be a tad alot but im sure we have a helluva lot just sitting in stock.
xrain 5th March 2010, 19:34 Quote
I've been in a 6.2 earthquake, they aren't all that exciting, although it did worry me that my TV was going to tip over, other than that just rattled the dishes, nothing broken. :P
Star*Dagger 5th March 2010, 21:09 Quote
If you think the world is going to end in 2012 you need to educate yourself on what the Mayan calendar is and the fact that there is no "prophecy" just the changing of one clock system to another.
The Judeo-Xian penchant for death and destruction is being overlaid on a very accurate time keeping system. Fire and brimstone is a Xian thing not a Mayan one.

Note to BT, everyone thought you were talking about the plant closing due to high numbers of people playing Quake, use the word "Earthquake" to denote the difference.
SMIFFYDUDE 5th March 2010, 21:54 Quote
Thanks for insulting everyones intelligence Star*Dagger.
cheeriokilla 5th March 2010, 23:19 Quote
JOHN CARMACK, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!!!!?

does this have anything to do with the preference to use CRT monitors?
wuyanxu 5th March 2010, 23:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by andrew8200m
There best not be any Quakes when I get to go... Im sleeping in a tent to make sure im safe :D

Andy
no there won't, you'll bring fortune to that island :)

also thought it was to do with the game, really need to use normal letters if it's not to do with the game Quake.

there goes my plan for a 27inch IPS panel...... 900 Dell is already too expensive.
confusis 6th March 2010, 03:23 Quote
CHI MEI? good riddance. had two of their LCD's and both failed within 12 months. never again
Yoy0YO 6th March 2010, 10:18 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Matticus
I thought this was about the game Quake at first glance lol.

+1
Farfalho 6th March 2010, 14:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Furymouse
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Originally Posted by proxess
It's the end of the world. The Mayans predicted it.

You'd think a people who can predict the future would foresee their downfall and do something about it

Agreed!

As many other people, I also thought this was about Quake the game, people going on rampage with blazing guns destroying everything in their path.

It's also true that earthquakes like these happens many times a month but media only "cares" for them when they inflict some sort of damage or scariness to the human being... So what? The planed had this phenomeni even before the human race, deal it with! Even in here, in Portugal, there was a mini-typhoon on Sesimbra which is totally uncommon but it happened!
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