Jul 25, 2014

Sharp to pull out of last overseas solar panel venture

In a further reorganization of its solar business, Sharp Corp. is pulling out of its Italian solar venture, its last overseas panel manufacturing plant. The Osaka-based company agreed to transfer its one-third stake in 3Sun Srl to partner Enel Green Power SpA, Sharp said ...

Sharp looks to acquire Apple facility for iPhone LCDs

Jul 12, 2014

Sharp looks to acquire Apple facility for iPhone LCDs

Struggling electronics maker Sharp Corp. is in talks to buy specialized equipment from Apple Inc. for producing the liquid crystal displays used in iPhones, industry sources said Saturday. Through the purchase, possibly for ¥30 billion to ¥40 billion, Sharp would equip its Kameyama No. ...

Jun 18, 2014

Sharp plans elliptical smartphone screens

Sharp Corp. is developing flat-panel displays in different shapes as it wins orders from Chinese smartphone makers. The new technology reduces the size requirements for a screen’s outer edge, allowing for non-rectangular designs, including elliptical shapes, the company said in a statement Wednesday. Sharp ...

Panasonic, Sharp pull up as Sony lags

May 15, 2014

Panasonic, Sharp pull up as Sony lags

by Kazuaki Nagata

Vigorous streamlining efforts paid off for Panasonic Corp. and Sharp Corp., two of Japan’s three major electronics firms, in fiscal 2013, but Sony Corp. struggled to rebuild as its mainstay businesses continued to lose money. Thanks to drastic cost-cutting efforts and a restructuring of ...

New hires welcomed on first day

Apr 1, 2014

New hires welcomed on first day

Some 860,000 new recruits at companies across the country marked their first day of work Tuesday, the first day of fiscal 2014. Central and local governments as well as many private-sector companies held welcome ceremonies for their newest employees. At the Tokyo Metropolitan Government ...

Feb 4, 2014

Sharp logs April-December profit

Sharp Corp. said Tuesday it swung back to profit for the nine months to December, thanks to stronger sales and cost-cutting. The Osaka-based company booked a ¥17.7 billion net profit in the April-December period, reversing a whopping net loss of ¥424.3 billion a year ...

Jan 23, 2014

Sharp to end U.S. solar panel output

Sharp Corp. is set to terminate solar panel production in the United States at the end of March because global competition is making the business unprofitable, company sources said Thursday. The move is aimed at strengthening its domestic operations, the sources said. The struggling ...

Sharp seeks exit from Foxconn cellphone venture

Nov 22, 2013

Sharp seeks exit from Foxconn cellphone venture

Sharp Corp. is considering ending a contract with Foxconn Technology Group under which the Taiwanese manufacturer makes Sharp-branded phones for sale in China, according to a source. Sharp has logged disappointing sales since the contract started last year and is focusing on the domestic ...

Sharp eyes tie-up deal with HP on copiers

Nov 20, 2013

Sharp eyes tie-up deal with HP on copiers

Sharp Corp. is planning to join hands with Hewlett-Packard Co. over the copier business, providing some of its digital copiers to the U.S. computer giant for sale under its name, sources said Wednesday. Sharp will also consider working with HP on toners and other ...

Oct 31, 2013

Glory days fade from memory at Japan's ailing electronics firms

Japan’s top electronics firms on Thursday reported mixed earnings, with Sony slashing its full-year profit outlook while hard-hit Panasonic turned in strong earnings and boosted its annual forecast. The firms have undergone painful restructuring to stem years of losses as they struggle to keep ...