Samsung Halting All Display Panel Purchasing
With concerns about excess inventory in a deteriorating economy, Samsung has notified all business groups to suspend purchases and control their inventory status. Samsung has informed flat panel display makers in smartphone and TV markets that panel purchases will be halted. Samsung is the world’s largest supplier of both smartphones and TVs. The news may be a coincidence, but at the end of this month Samsung will end LCD TV production at its last remaining production site, the L8-2 Gen 8.5 fab in Korea. The closure will mark the end of more than 25 years of LCD production by Samsung Display.