Sharp to Reduce Production at Gen 10 LCD Fab in Sakai

Reuters:

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.