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2021 Materials Shortages

2021 Materials Shortages

Nov 12th 2021


When demand for a product exceeds supply, a shortage occurs. There are issues on both sides of the equation when it comes to LCD chips, glass, wiring, and even display housings. LCD prices are rising as supplies aren’t nearly as plentiful as they were last year. Highly anticipated consumer electronics are almost consistently sold out, and this shortage impacts the manufacturing of digital watches, mobile devices, and even automotive displays. Experts anticipate that LCD, chipset, and wire shortages will worsen this year and last until the following year.

COVID-19 surged in 2019. Many sectors were preparing to pull back in early March 2020 due to what was projected to be a severe blow to global and national economies. Many automobiles and electronics firms, including semiconductor manufacturers, have opted to put orders on hold. When industries discovered that demand for their products had only briefly slowed and was suddenly speeding up, they needed to rethink their strategy. They were getting ready to go all out on fresh orders. However, there was one minor snag: semiconductors.

What is a Semiconductor?

A computer chip, also known as a semiconductor or integrated circuit, is a collection of electrical circuits printed on a conducting substrate, most often silicon. They are the physical components that go into making computers and running software. Chip designers have succeeded in cramming more and more circuits into smaller places throughout time, resulting in computers that are exponentially quicker and cheaper. However, the small size and complicated design set a stage for the current scarcity. In addition, chips must be manufactured in carefully controlled conditions. Dust specks, temperature surges, and even static electricity may harm semiconductors' delicate workings.

Affects on LCD Industry

The display industry is no stranger to supply constraints and has spent much of the past year ramping production on LCDs to keep up with overwhelming demand from consumer and industrial buyers. This is being done amidst a global supply shortage due to legislation and viral spread from the pandemic hitting manufacturing centers. In addition, the shift to working at home has ultimately had a severe impact on component manufacturers. While the semiconductor industry suffers from a supply shortage, display-bound integrated circuits have their own set of issues. Because the circuits are highly specialized, they are typically created by niche chip makers. This has made it difficult for them to invest in manufacturing capacity adequately.

An unusual scenario arose due to the rapid demand for components such as processors, silicon boards, glass, plastic, and wiring. As a result, component makers are having to turn business away or postpone it for months deliberately. Furthermore, each manufacturer has different screen requirements. Thus, display technology must be highly customized to fit its use case. As a result, mass manufacturing is challenging. Focus LCDs has fortunately served its clients during this difficult time due to its expertise and experience in the display manufacturing industry, leveraging its partners to manufacture and deliver on tight schedules.

Of course, scarcity isn't only attributable to the epidemic. The introduction of new technologies and the launch of significant consumer products have already increased the demand for several component makers. The fact that the epidemic struck during a period of considerable technical development further added to the already high demand. Manufacturers aren't the only ones affected by component shortages. The issue is that none of these elements of modern display devices are used separately. Microchips, LCD components, touchscreen elements, and even screen glass are all used in a wide range of technologies for use cases such in healthcare, entertainment, marketing, and communication, creating further strain on availability and pricing.

Final Thoughts

There is only so much that can be done to alleviate the worldwide chip shortage. According to analysts, the present chip scarcity will only become worse. Many businesses are already pressing the federal government to support state-level manufacturing. To improve chip output, most semiconductor manufacturing businesses have opted to raise their investment capital and budget. As a result, there's a strong probability that prices and lead times will continue to vary for a long time.

In an effort to keep up with ever growing demand, it is recommended that customers place orders before their inventory is depleted to secure a stable supply of LCDs. 


Contact Focus LCDs to learn more about the current availability and lead time of your LCD. 

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