Touch Screens May Get Pricier Due to Shortage in Supply
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.