Sharp to Reduce Production at Gen 10 LCD Fab in Sakai


Sharp Corp will halve its LCD panel output at its Sakai facility in Osaka in Japan, marking its second deep production cut in a year, hurt by slumping television demand, the Nikkei business daily said.

The Sharp Gen 10 LCD fab is the world’s largest and according to Reuters can manufacture 1.3 million 40-inch LCD TV panels per month. The reason for the 50% cut in production is increasing inventory due to weak LCD TV sales in Q4’11. On the bright side, the Gen 6 Kameyama fab might be running at full steam building 2048×1536 9.7-inch IGZO-based LCDs for the next iPad.