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Sharp Sees Sufficient U.S. TV Inventory

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.