Plasma shipments grew year-over-year in every quarter of 2010.
Plasma seemed all but finished just a few years ago and manufacturers quickly pulled out of the business. It looks like the retreat came too soon though, as plasma shipments are up.
According to Display Search analysts, plasma is set to make a strong rebound, going as far as saying that the limiting factor for plasma sales is supply-limited. That's a very good sign for companies still bringing plasma sets to the market.
Part of the reason for the success of plasma displays is the relative cheapness when compared to LED LCD sets. When customers can pick up a decent looking 50 inch plasma for under $1,000 all those old plasma preconceptions seem to fade away.
Panasonic, Samsung and LG all enjoyed tremendous plasma sales growth averaging nearly 30 percent. Much of that was in sizes of 50 inches and higher.