Vendor View: Behind the Panel
In our recent "Behind the Panel" series with top television manufacturers, we asked executives about the flat-panel shortages that have plagued the channel since late last year. Here's what they had to say:
Bob Scaglione, senior vice president and group manager, Sharp: The only area where we're experiencing shortages is the 32-inch screen size, and I've heard we're not the only ones in the industry; it's across the board. We're hearing that should clear up by the fourth quarter. With the economy, 40-inch aspiring purchasers settled for 32-inch. Also, it's the 'natural' screen size for the 27-inch tube consumer looking to replace that set - folks getting around to buying a digital TV.
Tim Alessi, Product Development Director, LG: Panel supply has been a challenge since Christmastime for everyone in the industry. Demand is still strong but there have been some missed opportunities because of shortages. The situation has been steadily improving, and is not going to last forever. I think we've seen the worst of it. We should start seeing normalized supply levels to take advantage of the demand that's out there.