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Sharp to produce Igzo LCD panels at western Japan plant.

TOKYO, Oct. 17 Kyodo

Sharp Corp. said Thursday it will start producing small-sized "Igzo" power-saving liquid crystal display panels for smartphones by the end of this year at its plant in Mie Prefecture, western Japan.

At its Kameyama No. 2 plant, Sharp, a supplier of LCD panels for Apple Inc.'s iPhones, is currently producing medium-sized LCDs for tablet computers and notebook personal computers, as well as larger ones for high-resolution monitors.

So far, Igzo panels for smartphones have only been produced at its plant in Nara Prefecture, also western Japan. At the Kameyama factory, the struggling manufacturer will use large glass substrates, which will enable it to churn out LCDs for smartphones more efficiently, according to Sharp.

Sharp has been making efforts to boost the operating rate at the Kameyama No. 2 plant, which has dwindled due to flagging sales of LCD televisions amid fierce price competition.
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Publication:Japan Consumer Electronics Scan
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Date:Oct 21, 2013
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