Samsung hit another milestone in October, clocking up sales of over 4m LCD TV display panels in just one month – a new record for a single manufacturer.
The Seoul-based company shipped 4.09m LCD panels last month, setting another milestone in its expansion. It first sold more than a million panels in a month in June 2006, doubling that in August last year and hitting 3.30m display sales in May this year.
Sales slumped around the turn of the year: the company 'only' sold 1.65m displays in January this year, and you may remember our reports of visiting the company's Cheonan plasma factory, at a virtual standstill back in December last year.
However, sales recovered to 2.79m units a month by March this year, and since then have just kept on growing.
So far this year the company has sold a fairly staggering 30m LCD TV displays, and at this rate should be knocking on the door of 40m sales by the end of 2009.
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The company attributes its success to its timely investment in seventh- and eighth-generation LCD panel production lines, which we saw under construction during our visit last year, and an extra eighth-generation line it was able to run at its S-LCD joint venture with Sony, part of its massive Tianjeong complex.