THE CONSUMER electronics market in the Asia-Pacific region will show substantial growth this year, according to a Gartner report. 'Production revenue for the Asia-Pacific consumer electronics industry will reach US$134billion in 2005. Revenue from semiconductor consumption in consumer electronics will total US$22billion,' said the report by Tina Tang, Forecast: Consumer Electronics and Semiconductors - Asia-Pacific 1Q05. 'Led by China, the region's industry will register a 5.9 per cent compound annual growth rate through 2010,' it added. Gartner sees liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and plasma screens continuing to gain on the old cathode-ray tube (CRT). The report also predicts that prices will continue to drop. Flat screens, however, are not replacing all TVs. Marco Kam Si-kei, senior production manager at Skyworth Overseas Development, an exhibitor at the fair, said: 'If you look at the growth curve of CRT manufacturing, it is pretty much a flat line. 'There are still many places in the world that can only afford traditional TV sets. But whatever growth there is in TV set manufacturing, it is in flat screens.' Wealthy regions such as Hong Kong, Japan, Europe and the US are where many of these TV sets end up, but some of the high-quality ones go to big cities in China. Mr Kam said: 'We are doing big business on the mainland. Of course you have poorer places in the country still buying low-end products, but in Shanghai and Guangzhou people want the best. With China's GDP continuing to rise and the world's economy generally growing, Mr Kam is optimistic about the future.