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May 29, 2013

Apple having to go Cap-in-Hand to Samsung for Display Panels

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After telling the world that they were reducing their orders for glass display’s, memory etc. Apple have now had to go back to Samsung, Cap-in-Hand to get the glass display’s to meet its production deadlines.

In business there is no room for sentiment even if your rival is dragging you through courts all over the world. According to South Korean ET News, Samsung will be supplying Apple with thin glass panels for its iPads and iPhones.

Samsung controlling access to a large number of smaller glass display suppliers. As ET News happily notes, there are few Japanese or Taiwanese competitors in the thin glass market.

The arrangement would be a huge boost to South Korean industry. As ET news says:

“The thin glass companies showed a clear sign of turnaround in the second quarter. The thin glass sales of four major companies, Soulbrain, Chemtronics, Global Display, and Avatec, this year is expected to reach 534 billion South Korean won [about £300m], which is about 34 percent greater, year on year. When compared to the sales in 2011, the year when the thin glass process was introduced in full force, the sales grew by a whopping 134 percent.”

It should be mentioned  that the partnership has not yet been confirmed by either party, but if it is, this would represent a considerable thawing in the relationship between two of the biggest companies in the world.

Source: ET News

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini