Array processing equipment for TFT-LCD to drop 10.2% in 2006

The worldwide market for array processing equipment for TFT-LCDs will drop 10.2% in 2006 and increase only 1.8% in 2007, according to The Information Network. AUO, with a current market share of approximately 20.9% of Taiwan?s TFT-LCD products, will emerge as the world?s largest maker of notebook TFT-LCD panels with over 25% of the market share. In addition, the merger will lift the company as the second largest maker of LCD Monitor TFT-LCD panels and the third largest producer of LCD TV TFT-LCD panels globally. Lithography tools from Canon and Nikon led the equipment market with sales of $1.4 bln in 2005, which will drop to $1.3 bln in 2006.