Global LED Display Demand Up 18.5% Year On Year; All In One LEDs Up More Than 57% YoY: Omdia

December 8, 2023 by Dave Haynes

Shipments of LED displays are growing rapidly around the globe, but revenues are not growing at the same pace as specifiers and end-users are opting for finished products that are cheaper or have wider pixel pitches, according to new data from research firm Omdia.

The company, promoting its latest LED video display market tracker for 3Q23, says global shipments for direct view LED grew by 23.1% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) in Q3 2023, and by 18.5% year-over-year (YoY).

From the report summary:

“… inflation has hindered revenue results, with global revenue reporting an increase of only 13.9% QoQ and 7.7% YoY from 3Q23. “End-users and system integrators affected by inflationary pressures downgraded their choices to cheaper products in their class, or chose wider pixel pitch products at a lower price, while compromising on achieving higher resolution,” says Tay Kim, Senior Principal Analyst at Omdia.

“In fact, fine pixel pitch products of 2mm or less only grew by 18% YoY for third quarter results in 2023, while the wider indoor product line of 2~4.99mm showed a higher growth rate of 29% YoY,” adds Kim.

The Chinese market was slowed in 2022 by COVID, but has rebounded nicely – up 23.6% YoY in the third quarter of 2023.

In other regions, high inflation levels have slowed the growth rate considerably. Europe’s impact from inflation was relatively high, and suffered a decline of 2.1% YoY, in addition to low price competitiveness compared to LCD. 

On the other hand, North America maintained a stable industry despite inflation due to the advantage of its base currency and showed relatively high growth of 15.7% YoY. In Asia & Oceania, increased demand in India helped boost the region’s overall shipments, with relatively high growth of 20.5% YoY.

Initially, the barrier to entry for producing and selling COB products was relatively high because initial costs and design technology on a PCB board were required to set up the production process in the past. However, technology and production capacity improvements of Chinese OEM brands such as MTC and HCP expanded within the past year, allowing major brands to enter the market and offer COB type direct view LED video products in their display portfolio. COB technology can achieve improved quality compared to SMD technology in terms of screen uniformity, durability, heat generation, and power consumption management.

COB is Chip On Board – a newer manufacturing method that refers to the mounting a bare LED chip right on the substrate, versus the older and widely used SMD – which involves LED light emitters that are “packaged” and then attached to  substrate.

Additionally, the price gap has narrowed as well compared to SMD technology, attracting more brands and end-users. In fact, according to Omdia’s latest LED video display market tracker 3Q23, COB technology grew 31.2% YoY in the third quarter of 2023, while SMD technology grew only 17.9% YoY.

Omdia also notes a big demand spike for all-in-one (AIO) LED displays – essentially big-ass TVs made from LED.

 Demand for AIO dvLEDs are rapidly growing as these displays monopolize the 110-inch and larger area, with LCD offerings limited in this size range. Currently, the largest shipment in the AIO dvLED display market is the 1.5~1.7mm pixel pitch product line that forms FHD in the 130~140-inch range. A 110-inch UHD product that can compete directly with LCD in terms of resolution has been commercialized, but shipments are still minimal due to the high price. Shipments of AIO dvLED product lines increased rapidly since the second half of 2021, growing at a rate of 57.4% YoY in the third quarter of 2023 according to Omdia’s LED video display market tracker 3Q23.

As price competitiveness of the overall dvLED product line improves in the future, direct rivalry with LCD based on resolution is expected to intensify, especially in the corporate and conference room market. Therefore, dvLED is expected to drive further growth of the entire digital signage display market with a high growth rate in the future. 

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