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Sharp to reorganize LCD production operations

Posted: 22 Dec 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LCD? Sharp plant panel? reorganization production?

In preparation for the start of operations at its new LCD panel plant now under construction in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Sharp Corp. will reorganize its Kameyama Plant (Kameyama City, Mie Prefecture), which currently produces large LCD panels for TVs, and its Mie Plant (Taki-cho, Mie Prefecture) and Tenri Plant (Tenri City, Nara Prefecture), which produce small- and medium-size LCD panels, starting January 2009.

The exterior of the new LCD panel plant in Sakai, which will employ the world's largest 10th-generation glass substrates, is nearly complete. Production equipment is now being installed. The start of operations originally planned for March 2010 is indeed on the horizon.

Meanwhile, Sharp has been exploring a reorganization of its existing LCD panel plants to strengthen competitiveness in production. The reorganization includes parts of the Tenri and Mie Plants that have almost fully depreciated, and Kameyama Plant No. 1, which employs 6th-generation glass substrates.

In this light and given the excess supply of LCD panels in the current market environment, Sharp has decided that it's time to initiate a reorganization of existing plants.

Sharp will concentrate production of large LCD panels for TVs at Kameyama Plant No. 2, which uses 8th-generation glass substrates. This shift, along with output from the new plant in Sakai, will allow Sharp to further strengthen its competitive edge in production of large LCD TV panels.

At present, Sharp is manufacturing small- and medium-size LCD panels at Mie (Plants Nos. 1, 2 and 3) and at its Tenri Plant. Under this reorganization, production of some LCD panels from these plants will be shifted to Kameyama Plant No. 1. And because Kameyama Plant No. 1 uses larger 6th-generation glass substrates, Sharp will be able to boost production efficiency for small- and medium-size LCD panels and thus strengthen its competitiveness regarding these LCDs.

Meanwhile, production items and panel sizes at the Mie and Tenri Plants will be reviewed. Production lines at Mie Plant No. 1 and at the Tenri Plant that have fully depreciated will be terminated.

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