There's nothing flat about the TFT LCD field. Shipments of large flat screens are expected to soar nearly 90% in LCD TVs by 2007. Notebooks will jump by 25% this year. DisplaySearch (www.displaysearch.com) notes that this boom has created a bit of a shortage, which led to an 87% increase in average selling prices during the second quarter of 2003. Overall, DisplaySearch expects large TFT shipments, defined as notebook-size and greater, to rise 42% this year to 97.2 million units. That makes it a shopper of an industry, with $23 million in sales. LG Philips LCD is the largest supplier with 21% of the market, followed by Samsung.
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
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