NEWS is emerging of a potential shortage of 17-inch LCD monitors.
Though a number of resellers, distributors and vendors report they are not experiencing any problems obtaining units, others say they are aware of issues. One Hewlett-Pac-kard distributor says it is definitely experiencing a shortage.
“There is definitely a reaso-nably serious shortage of 17-inch LCD monitors,” says Andrew Bain, managing director of distributor Exeed.
“It is impacting customers in a real way, and there is very little we can do.”
The shortage began around four weeks ago and is resulting in delivery times of between six to eight weeks for monitors — two to three times longer than usual, says Bain.
While resellers have countered the issue by recommending 15- or 19-inch monitors instead, the shortage is beginning to have a flow-on effect on 19-inch models, says Bain.
Bain believes the shortage is due to a componentry issue, which is not limited to HP or New Zealand.
However, other monitor vendors surveyed report no problems and neither do a number of resellers or fellow HP distributor Tech Pacific.
Acer country manager Rod Bassi says the company is having no supply issues, but adds he is cautious as in the past supplies of monitors have fluctuated.
Bassi is also not aware of any other vendors experiencing shortages.
Philips channels manager Richard Burton has heard of issues with other vendors, but says apart from the usual challenges around the introduction of its new 6-Series range of monitors, Philips is not short on supplies.
“With the introduction of the new range we had some supply issues, but have not had a panel shortage,” he says.
Staff at distributor and reseller SamCor Computers say they have heard talk about possible shortages due to delayed shipments but have not experienced any difficulties themselves.
Along with Tech Pacific, staff at IT Wholesale and Think IT say there are currently no supply problems anticipated.
IDC hardware analyst Liam Gunson says he is aware of rumours surrounding shortages from some vendors but points out that shortages can be created with relative ease.
“There was a significant decline in sales between December and January so if vendors haven’t predicted the demand accurately then they run into supply strife. Usually it’s resolved itself within three months,” he says.
But Bain says he does not foresee an end to the shortage at Exeed in the near future.
“They are not forecasting an end to it soon — there is no end in sight.”
The current reports of a shortage come after a severe global drought of 15-inch LCD screens struck the industry in 2003, only easing last year.
HP New Zealand did not provide comment by deadline.