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Sharp Ratchets Up 10th-Gen LCD Panel Production

4/16/2010 11:02:27 AM Eastern
Osaka, Japan - Sharp said here Friday that unexpectedly high global demand for LCD TVs has prompted it to double current production capacity to 72,000 substrates per month at its LCD panel plant in Green Front Sakai, Sakai City, here.

The 10th-generation plant, which came on line last year, uses proprietary UV2A photo-alignment technology and produces high-contrast panels that are said to be higher in energy efficiency in screen sizes of 40 inches and larger, the company said.

The plant is currently in full operation, running at an input capacity of 36,000 substrates per month.

"To accommodate brisk order inquiries, Sharp will double this capacity to 72,000 substrates per month in July of this year," Sharp said.

Sharp uses the plant to produce LCD panels based on its UV2A and four-primary-color technologies.

The company said it will also work to make further enhancements in cost competitiveness, and will continue to expand the market for large-screen displays, including LCD TVs and digital signage.

Under a joint venture agreement reached with Sony in 2008, Sonyshoulders 34 percent of the cost of the factory and gets one-third of the panels it produces. Sharp gets the other two-thirds.
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