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New company will start in spring 2012

Many of the companies in the LCD panel manufacturing realm are looking for ways to help them improve the bottom line, including selling out and restructuring. Sony announced that it was breaking off its struggling TV arm a few weeks ago.
Sony's Ayano Iguchi said when the break up was announced, "By dividing into three divisions, we will make clearer the mission and responsibilities of these."
Hitachi, Sony, and Toshiba have all agreed to the integration of their small and medium size LCD panel businesses in conjunction with the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ). The merged businesses will be known as Japan Display. Sony, Hitachi, and Toshiba will each retain about 10% of the merged venture and INCJ will hold a much larger portion.

The new company will be partly public.
INCJ will invest 200 billion yen into Japan Display in exchange for newly issued shared in the company. The new entity is expected to start operating in the spring of 2012.
Panasonic has also announced in a separate deal that it has agreed to sell a LCD panel factory to Japan Display. The factory sale will be complete in April 2012. 

Sources: PC World, Business Wire

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RE: Sony
By augiem on 11/15/2011 1:14:10 PM , Rating: 2
No, Sony's problem is Americans are too cheap. Whatever the cheapest prices is on the shelves, that's what will sell, no matter the quality or how irresponsibly its manufactured.

RE: Sony
By AssBall on 11/15/2011 1:27:44 PM , Rating: 5
That holds true until you start talking about Apple products... Expensive AND irresponsibly manufactured. And yet they sell like hotcakes.

RE: Sony
By Smartless on 11/15/2011 2:37:53 PM , Rating: 2
I always thought it was funny how Sony tried Apple's business model and failed at it. Like making proprietary everything and not allowing generic brands to further the market spread. Failed Betamax for that, almost failed on their cameras until they allowed generic flash media, UMDs, Minidiscs.. etcs. They tried to sell everything on their successes like walkman and cd players and early TVs.

Unfortunately Sony quality isn't as awe-inspiring anymore. I loved my Wega TV because there really wasn't anything better. Now, put a Vizio, Sony, Sharp, Samsung, LG, and a Panasonic side by side (without in-store video signal tampering) and quality becomes a matter of preference.

RE: Sony
By spread on 11/15/2011 2:45:07 PM , Rating: 2
Now, put a Vizio, Sony, Sharp, Samsung, LG, and a Panasonic side by side (without in-store video signal tampering) and quality becomes a matter of preference.

No because LG, Panasonic and Samsung also make plasma TVs which have superior image quality when put in a darker environment so you can see how vivid the colors are and how dark the black levels are.

RE: Sony
By AssBall on 11/15/2011 3:01:07 PM , Rating: 4
You can see how awesome the burnt in headline news/syfi/fx logo is too.

RE: Sony
By bigboxes on 11/15/2011 4:21:07 PM , Rating: 4
Modern plasma TVs don't suffer from these issues, but keep on spreading your FUD if it makes you feel better about your LCD purchase.

RE: Sony
By someguy123 on 11/15/2011 4:40:58 PM , Rating: 2
Plasmas have never fixed the burn-in problem. It's not as immediate as it used to be, but if you leave the TV on a channel with a constant logo or play a video game with a static gui it can cause burn in.

RE: Sony
By AssBall on 11/15/2011 4:46:30 PM , Rating: 1
If you have the money to buy a new plasma every 2 years, more power to you. The rest of us that would expect ours to last for 5-10 will keep buying cheaper and more energy efficient lcds.

RE: Sony
By Ralos on 11/15/2011 5:42:46 PM , Rating: 2
It's certainly not FUD.

I have bought an high end Panasonic model 2 years ago (V Series, 54"). Assured by the vendor that the burn in problems were problem of the "old" plasmas, and I believed him.


While not technically a burn-in, you can still have image retention that will last for many minutes, hours and days. If that is not a problem with you, then great, but to most people, it certainly is.

If I played for 2-3 hours of Stardust, the hyperspace logo and the big X multiplier on both bottom corners would then stay on the screen for days and was quite annoying when watching a movie.

Plasmas certainly have their advantages, but image retention is certainly a problem too.

RE: Sony
By T2k on 11/15/2011 8:38:39 PM , Rating: 1
Ouch. Apple LEARNED FROM SONY, kid, you got it backward.

SOny's biggest problem was they did not understand the whole open/internet-based new world until few years ago and kept failing with their old, proprietary-based business model.

Apple sales are still shit when it comes to PC sales so let's not forget all Apple is now is iCrap-based gadget company, nothing else.

RE: Sony
By The Raven on 11/15/2011 2:11:52 PM , Rating: 2
Americans are too cheap

As opposed to what other country? Keep in mind also that the US is comprised largely of people from other lands (Mexico/China/India/etc.)

I think the problem is what you have with any prosperous country... 'affluenza'

"Why should I fold this inflatable kiddie pool up and store it until next summer, when I can just toss it and buy another next year for $5?"

You can also see this where people toss aluminum cans in the garbage and you see immigrants (could be legal or not ;-) climbing in the dumpsters searching for them. "Why bother with the 3 cent cost of the can?"

I saw it in Japan where people would put perfectly good stereo equipment, futons, or books out to be picked up on garbage collection day. (I happened to 'recycle' several items on occasion lol.)

I actually think that is illegal in Japan and the same goes for much of the US if I am not mistaken (privacy issues) and then there are the regulations like the one that says you can't sell or give away a used carseat.

Anyway, it seems the only way to get rid of this behavior is to let the consumers see the effects of their decisions. Unfortunately the focus of this country and others like it is to focus on spreading this affluenza instead of letting it only affect the "1%".

Money doesn't make people happy and it certainly does a number on the environment when everyone can suddenly afford 40" flat screens. This is why I don't understand why democrats are considered the 'green' party (not to be confused with 'The Green Party'). Give Warren Buffet a $1000 and he invests in Solar Power. Give Billy Ray Valentine $1000 and he throws away his working 26" Trinitron and buys a 40" Sammy LCD. Sure it uses less power, but he watches it twice as much since it rocks lol.

And unfortunately the republican party wants to give out just as much money and run the country like a business. No thanks, I'd prefer things work themselves out given our individual liberties. Quit d*cking with what we have left of the free market.

RE: Sony
By rudy on 11/16/2011 1:31:54 AM , Rating: 2
Sony's problem is they are old hat.

Here is how it works if you are not old enough to know. A country outsources to another country IE USA outsources to Japan. That country eventually has everything it needs to make its own companies and says screw off to the original company. They start to make cheap products and make tons of money off of them. Then they start making better products hoping to get better profits and climb up the ladder. Eventually they become sony or toyota and are known to make the best products. All the while their own economy grows and becomes expensive so they start outsourcing and they(Japan) did this with Tiawan and Korea. The problem is Japan does not understand they are no old hat like the USA. They have an old population that is too expensive and not innovative. Now we are seeing companies like Samsung and other Korean and Tiawan based companies start to take over the top of the game. Samsung phones, TVs, are amount the best and most purchased.

So what does all this mean? Means what is happening in Japan cannot be solved by making some silly co-op. The best value for the shareholders would be to sell the entire company before it continues to lose value. USA based companies have mostly figured this out. Why have the Japanese missed it? Watch China they are on the way up. But for a bit here we will see Hyundia/KIA explode onto the scene and samsung already sells the most phones world wide. But their time is coming and the Chinese companies will be the ones to put them in their place.

Cool thing about the USA is we no longer care who we outsource too, we have nothing left anyway.

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