Flat Screen Monitors
Back in 2004 the industry of computer monitors are slowing changing the technology of their computer screens. The once ubiquitous cathode ray tube (CRT) computer screens
were being phase out and new liquid crystal (LC) displays were slowly becoming the industry’s standard monitor. It was estimated that the booming Flat Panel Display (FPD) industry were generating more than 60 billion dollars in 2004 alone.
The growing demand for flat screen monitors were becoming obvious and consumers can’t get enough of them because these liquid crystal computer screens provides higher quality resolution than computer monitors equipped with cathode ray tube technology. Many people today also like to use the flat screen monitor with liquid crystal display technology not only for surfing the internet but also to watch online videos and movies.
The only major drawback that these liquid crystal flat screen monitors have is that their high quality screen resolution has a life span of only about four years. With this in mind, environmentalists are weary of the impact that these monitors will create in the environment when many of them are improperly discarded by their owners. Many used computer monitors that are still in working order are thrown away simply because no one is using them or its taking up unnecessary space in the room. It is also worrisome that new models are increasingly being manufactured and introduced to the consumers every year and disregarding the main importance of recycling of barely used and old computer monitors.
It is estimated that ninety percent of all computer desktop in most household and office settings today use a computer screen that utilizes the liquid crystal display technology.
Yet again, the never-ending changes in the computer technology sectors just keep getting better and more complex. Today’s latest top of the line flat screen monitors are equipped with a technology called active matrix (AM) or better known as thin film transistor (TFT) LCD. But you might not be aware that the active matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD) as well as the glass substrates of the computer screens are mostly manufacture in different Asian countries today. More specifically, the assembly lines of these flat screen monitors are concentrated mainly Eastern Asian countries.
Because of cheaper labor that are offered in many Asian countries, a number of low capacity assembly lines from Europe such as from Germany relocated their production line in Asian countries such as in Korea and Thailand.
As the flat screen monitor industry matured, one German company called Merck AG became a leading supplier for liquid crystal monitors. Today this German company alone holds about 60 percent of the liquid crystal market share and it provide its service for many computer industries throughout the world.
As more complex technologies gets integrated into flat screen monitors the display quality of these computer screens gets better and better every year. As a result the demand for these items today just keep growing.
It was projected by one of the computer screen market experts that about 137 Million desktop liquid crystal and cathode ray tubes (CRT) computer monitors will be sold in 2005 alone. At the same year, it was estimated that about 97 million units of AMLCD monitors were sold and its market share is expected to exceed the 70 percent threshold.
But unfortunately, as new monitors are being moved and injected into the market, the old ones become unused and collecting dust in the corner. Many old and second hand monitors are left unused and end up in the dumpster because of low demand and low market penetration.