TV brands to increase dependence on Chinese OEMs
According to the latest report from IHS Inc., TVs made by outsourcing specialists are forecast to hit an industry record of 43 per cent of LCD TVs shipped globally this year. Outsourcing manufacturing has become one of the most important business strategies for TV brands, because it can improve supply chain cost management and increase time-to-market business opportunities, noted the market research company.
“A major driving force behind TV outsourcing is the constraint on TV panel supply, which can cause TV brands to increase their outsourcing from vendors who are able to secure a stable and competitive panel supply,” said Deborah Yang, director of display supply-chain analysis at IHS.
LCD TV panel supply was tight in 2014, particularly for the mainstream 32in size, so top TV brands used TV subcontract manufacturers in China. BOE and TCL were chosen for their semi-set outsourcing and original equipment manufacturing (OEM) TV production in 1Q15. “Both BOE and TCL have direct access to 32in panel supplies from their captive panel makers, which is welcome news to Chinese TV makers looking to not only grow their branded TV businesses, but also to expand their businesses with TV brands globally,” Yang said.
According to the IHS Quarterly LCD TV Value Chain & Insight Report, leading South Korean TV brands plan to maintain or lower their in-house backlight-module-system (BMS) capacity and production in overseas factories, as they use their captive capacity for more mainstream products and for the production of 4K resolution, curved screens, wide-colour gamut (WCG) and other high-end product features.
“Most TV brands selling low-cost entry-level products plan to increase their outsourcing from vendors in Taiwan and China,” Yang said. “Japanese TV brand business models are more complex, as they also license their brands to subcontract manufacturers. It is likely that other struggling TV brands may copy Japanese business models, in order to survive in the market.”