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Workers in the division will be reassigned

In previous years, plasma technology was very popular with consumers that demanded large-screen televisions. However, as LCD technology became cheaper and image quality improved, the demand for plasma TVs has dwindled dramatically.

A rumor surfaced in March of this year that Panasonic would be exiting the plasma television market. That exit has now been confirmed according to sources that claim to be familiar with the company’s plans. The sources claim that Panasonic will leave the plasma television panel market by the end of March 2014.

Panasonic has continued to eliminate areas of its business that have performed poorly (as witnessed by its recent exit from the consumer smartphone market). Plasma televisions accounted for less than 6% of global shipments in 2012 compared to 87% for LCD TVs.

Sony, Panasonic, and Sharp combined for less than 20% of the worldwide flat-panel TV market by revenue. Samsung has 27.7% of the overall market while LG has 15%.

Reuters’ sources also tipped that the several hundred workers that are currently employed at Panasonic in the plasma television operation will be moved to other divisions within the company. 

Source: Reuters

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RE: Plasma
By superflex on 10/9/2013 1:59:55 PM , Rating: 2
The annual power consumption difference between a plasma and LCD amounts to one fill up at the gas station.
Let me guess. Your doing it for Mother Earth?

RE: Plasma
By Monkey's Uncle on 10/9/2013 3:04:44 PM , Rating: 1
Well, I'm doing my part and not using that $50 worth of electricity every year? What about you?

If you aren't part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

RE: Plasma
By superstition on 10/9/2013 3:09:01 PM , Rating: 2
I take it you don't watch TV. And, if you do you got a free second-hand set rather than pollute the Earth and waste energy by promoting the manufacture of new ones.

RE: Plasma
By TakinYourPoints on 10/9/2013 3:31:29 PM , Rating: 2
The difference isn't even that much. We're talking about a $15 difference per year on a 60" screen, and that's if you watch a lot of TV. For most people the difference is closer to $5-$10

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