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Emerging markets shift to flat panel TVs

Worldwide TV shipments declined for the first time in six years – down a third of a percent in 2011 according to DisplaySearch.


All categories of TVs saw year-over-year declines in 2011, with the exception of LCD televisions, which increased just one percent versus 2010. Predictably, CRT televisions continued their decline, with shipments down 43 percent worldwide in 2011. More importantly, however, was the overall share of LCD flat panel televisions. Even in a stagnant year, LCD televisions made up 205 million out of 248 million units shipped, with plasma televisions accounting for over 17 million units of the difference.


Like computers, consumer electronics, packaging and other items, shipments of TVs were propped up by growth in emerging markets. TV shipments declined 21 percent in developed countries last year, while growing 12 percent in emerging markets, such as China, India, Central and South America, the Middle East and Africa.


The growth of the flat panel television market in emerging markets comes at the expense of CRT displays, and further complicates the ability of e-scrap processors to find end markets for recovered CRT glass.


By Henry Leineweber, Resource Recycling

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