OSAKA (Kyodo) Panasonic Corp. is considering postponing the opening of a semiconductor plant in Tonami, Toyama Prefecture, for several months because of anemic demand for home electronics products using semiconductors, sources said Thursday.

The major electronics manufacturer is investing ¥94 billion in the plant currently scheduled to go onstream in August. It will produce image sensor semiconductors for digital cameras, camcorders and other products.

Poor business prospects are forcing Panasonic to backpedal on production of consumer electronics products.

The company has already put off the opening of a new plasma panel plant in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, from May until November, and a liquid crystal display panel factory in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, from next January to July 2010.

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