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Fujitsu Exits PDP business

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Anonymous
February 2, 2005 4:55:15 PM

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Take a look:

<http://www.eetimes.com/sys/news/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=YN4PSJSCWDJTWQSNDBGCKHSCJUMEKJVN?articleID=59300415>

"Fujitsu expects an operating loss of about ¥12 billion (about $116
million) in its display business for the fiscal year ending March. Most
of the loss stems from its PDP business. "The panel price eroded more
than 30 percent per year. We cannot expect the market situation to
improve in the foreseeable future," said Masamichi Ogura, corporate
executive vice president of Fujitsu.

"By contrast, Hitachi is "ramping up output and cost reduction will
improve the business," said Kazuhiro Tachibana, president and CEO of
Hitachi Ubiquitous Platform Systems. "To realize it, we are going to
expand the PDP TV business."

"According to Hitachi, the PDP TV market in 2004 totaled about 2.7
million units, just 2 percent of the world total TV market of 130
million units. "We are optimistic about the growth," Tachibana said".

Matthew
Anonymous
February 2, 2005 10:41:25 PM

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Matt, my understanding of this is that Fujitsu is not exiting the plasma
business, but rather selling off their joint venture with Hitachi. This I
believe affects only the ALIS displays (42" HD and 55" HD) and not their 50"
HD, 63" HD or 42" ED displays. The joint venture panels were never
particularly highly regarded among many plasma enthusiasts.
Anonymous
February 2, 2005 10:41:26 PM

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Vidguy7 wrote:
> Matt, my understanding of this is that Fujitsu is not exiting the plasma
> business, but rather selling off their joint venture with Hitachi. This I
> believe affects only the ALIS displays (42" HD and 55" HD) and not their 50"
> HD, 63" HD or 42" ED displays. The joint venture panels were never
> particularly highly regarded among many plasma enthusiasts.

All I know is what is written in that article. It would be useful to the
readers of the ng if you could cite some other published information
about Fujitsu's plans.

Matthew
Anonymous
February 2, 2005 11:09:37 PM

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>All I know is what is written in that article. It would be useful to the
>readers of the ng if you could cite some other published information
>about Fujitsu's plans.

The reason I said that is that the business arrangement that is being discussed
always refer to the JOINT venture between Hitachi and Fujitsu. This venture
only included ALIS panels which was the minority of the panels that Fujitsu
produced. Fujtisu's other panels had no relationship or partnership with
Hitachi.
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