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Touch Screens May Get Pricier Due to Shortage in Supply

By - Source: Digitimes | B 14 comments

Demand and supply of touch screens could be severely out of balance for the remainder of the year as significant new product releases meet a reduced production capacity.

According to Digitimes, an explosion at a chemical plant in Japan has caused vendors to more fiercely compete for the available supply of thin-film type touch screen materials. The publication stated that Samsung is especially aggressive and is "putting in twice the amount of orders it normally does".

The constrained environment is amplified by new product releases such as the iPad mini, as well as Microsoft's Surface tablet. The report suggests that supply is currently running 30 percent short of actual demand, which is more than likely resulting in a notable price increase of touch screens.

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    Anonymous , November 1, 2012 3:44 AM
    That's going to hurt Windows 8. That OS depends on touchscreens too much.
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    chewy1963 , November 1, 2012 4:49 AM
    Ha ha Micro$oft, another reason you're going to take a bath from Win 8! :lol: 
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    echondo , November 1, 2012 5:55 AM
    chewy1963Ha ha Micro$oft, another reason you're going to take a bath from Win 8!

    Forest_GSThat's going to hurt Windows 8. That OS depends on touchscreens too much.


    All tablets, albeit Apple, Android and Windows, will ALL take a hit from this if they use the same material film, which 2 of them do as stated in the article.

    This doesn't just affect Windows 8, so ignorant.
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    acerace , November 1, 2012 5:58 AM
    echondoAll tablets, albeit Apple, Android and Windows, will ALL take a hit from this if they use the same material film, which 2 of them do as stated in the article.This doesn't just affect Windows 8, so ignorant.


    No s h i t. Don't get so butthurt, they're the usual trolls.
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    mad tech , November 1, 2012 6:25 AM
    is it that time of the year again? Where shortage = Us paying the price x99999999999 it's getting old guys try another lame excuse to drive prices up
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    vaughn2k , November 1, 2012 8:51 AM
    Another excuse to sell products with higher price tag. No wonder it happens every same time of every year.
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    murzar , November 1, 2012 9:02 AM
    WHAT?! NO WAY! This is daylight robbery!
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    Onus , November 1, 2012 9:32 AM
    How about "falling demand as people realize they simply don't need [another] one drives touchscreen prices down."
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    drwho1 , November 1, 2012 12:36 PM
    as long as my keyboard and mouse work... why should I care?
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    xpeh , November 1, 2012 12:54 PM
    So... Samsung ordered so much touch screens from its factory that it exploded? I probably misunderstood the article.
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    DRosencraft , November 1, 2012 1:45 PM
    So much tin-foil-hat wearing here today...

    Anyway, this is the same problem that happens again and again; too few places making something that too many want/need. Not sure if @xpeh is joking or not, but a very similar thing likely is the problem - they had a lot of people making orders, tried to hurry up production, and there was an accident. There are a lot of volatile chemicals used in the manufacturing process for these screens. A messup can easily make a bad situation.
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    eddieroolz , November 1, 2012 11:13 PM
    Time for another plant in Japan to swoop down and snap up the demand!
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , November 2, 2012 2:44 PM
    Touch my screen, you know you want to.
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    cats_Paw , November 5, 2012 7:54 AM
    Lucky for me, i hate touchscreen.