Sharp Developing State-of-the-Art LCD, Solar Plants
Sharp Electronics said this week that it will build a pair of new plants in Japan aimed at building LCD panels and solar cells in a state-of-the-art, energy-saving manner. Sharp calls the new plants, to be built in Sakai City in Osaka, a “manufacturing complex for the 21st century.”
Building on the business model of the company’s Kameyama 2 plant, which opened last August in Japan, the LCD plant will use “10th-generation” glass substrates, the largest in the world, while the solar plant will produce 1 million kW of cells per year. Sharp will also attempt to get material and production companies to build plants of their own nearby.
Construction of the plants is scheduled to begin in November, with an opening set for November 2010.