This excerpt taken from the LPL 6-K filed Nov 6, 2009.
Our ability to compete successfully depends on factors both within and outside our control, including product pricing, our relationship with our
customers, successful and timely investment and product development, cost competitiveness, success in marketing to our end-brand customers, component and raw material supply costs, foreign exchange rate and general economic and industry conditions.
Most importantly, it is critical to have cost leadership and stable and long-term relationships with customers that can lead to profitability even in a
A substantial portion of our sales is attributable to a limited number of end-brand customers and their designated system integrators. The loss of
these end-brand customers, as a result of customers entering into strategic supplier arrangements with our competitors or otherwise, would thus result in reduced sales.
Developing new products and technologies that can be differentiated from those of our competitors is critical to the success of our business. It is
important that we take active measures to protect our intellectual property internationally by obtaining patents and undertaking monitoring activities in our major markets. It is also necessary to recruit and retain experienced key managerial
personnel and skilled line operators.
We reinforced our position as a leader in LCD technology by developing an ultra slim LCD module for 47-inch LCD televisions that is sturdy and provides
high-quality images, a large three-dimensional multi-vision LCD panel capable of producing more than two times the brightness of conventional models, one of the worlds most energy efficient LCD panels for 32-inch LCD televisions that uses less
than 1 watt per inch, a 47-inch digital photo television which can utilize its standby power to display digital pictures and the worlds first Trumotion 480Hz LCD panel which refreshes 480 frames per second to substantially decrease afterimage
and provide viewers with high-quality images that cause less eye fatigue.
Moreover, we formed strategic alliances or entered into long-term sales contracts with major global firms such as Dell, Hewlett Packard and Kodak of
the United States and Japans Toshiba, among others, to secure customers and expand partnerships for technology development. In January 2009, we entered into a long term supply agreement with Apple Inc. to supply display panels to Apple Inc.
for five years.
Bet you've never seen portfolio analytics like these.