Sharp Sees Sufficient U.S. TV Inventory

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Mahwah, N.J. - Sharp's recent decision to temporarily suspend production at two of its largest LCD panel plants in Japan due to shortages of materials from the recent earthquake there, is unlikely to have any impact on supplies of Sharp-branded TVs in the U.S., a company spokesman confirmed Monday.

"We do not expect the reduction to affect product availability for the U.S. market," Christopher Loncto, a spokesman for Sharp's U.S. sales and marketing operations told TWICE Monday. "We have appropriate inventory of LCD panel for TVs now and we expect to resume operations after the May Golden Week holidays."

According to reports from Japan, Sharp is suspending operations until May 6 at its LCD factories in Osaka and Mie prefectures because of a shortage certain materials needed for production including gas, which is hard to come by in the wake of the recent crippling disaster.

According to reports, Sharp is directing limited remaining material supplies for LCD production to plants that make smaller-sized LCDs, which draw greater unit volume demand.


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