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2018 review and 2019 outlook: Challenges and opportunities for flat panel industry
Rebecca Kuo, Taipei; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES
The global flat panel industry got off to a bumpy start in 2018 amid growing concerns of oversupply resulting from continued capacity ramps by Chinese firms. In fact, the year ended up with the highest capacity growth since 2013, due largely to BOE...
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