Sharp’s 70-inch LED LCD TV Hits Retail
SEMCA vice president of sales John Homlish added that the 70-inch-class screens are being targeted for availability in 7,000 outlets and that 1,300 outlets have been added in the last 90 days alone. “It will be wider distribution than we’ve ever had before,” he stated. “There’s an overwhelming response. Retailers are investing in giving the product prominent placement. There is pent-up demand for this product.”
Comment was offered by Sharp Electronics Corp. chairman and CEO Kozo Takahashi about the impact of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster of mid-March on Sharp’s LCD panel production. He said that no employees were lost, but that minor damage had been sustained at the company’s Tochigi factory that had already been repaired. Reduced production was in effect at the company’s Sakai City and Kameyama LCD factories, but he added that that move would have no impact on U.S. market supply, and that those plants were expected to resume normal operations in early May.
Takahashi added that Sharp had donated $1.2 million to the Red Cross and was providing solar charging stations to areas without utility power and rice cookers, other small appliances and LCD TV to disaster victims so that they could keep abreast of news developments.