Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) is enhancing its deployment in the automotive panel sector and expects shipments of automotive panels to top 14 million units in 2018, up from 12 million units in 2017, according to company president Lin Sheng-chang.
Focusing on standard 8-inch automotive panel previously, the company is now shipping 10-25 inch CID products and 12.3-inch dashboards to Mercedes-PBenz and BMW, according to industry sources.
The company also unveiled an array of new automotive panels at the ongoing Taiwan Touch 2018, featuring integrated design, in-cell touch and mini LED-backlighting technologies, Lin said.
Lin continued that CPT has delivered its new 25-inch local dimming mini-LED-backlit dashboards to clients for verifications, and the chance is high for these products to enter commercial production soon, adding that the large-size dashboard will only cost US$50 more than their conventional LCD counterparts.
Shipments of smartphone panels will stay flat in the third quarter before a pick-up in the fourth quarter, as the company is shifting some of its capacity for the production of notch-type displays, Lin said.
CPT will begin shipping its free-form 6.26-inch "waterdrop" smartphone panels at the end of September or in early October, Lin noted.
Smartphone panel shipments are expected to reach 14-15 million units in 2018 and in 2019 as well, Lin estimated.