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November 3, 1999

Sharp to Boost Production of Plastic LCDs

By CBR Staff Writer

Sharp Corp has announced plans to sharply increase output of plastic substrate liquid crystal displays. Output of the light, shock-resistant LCDs which are used in cellphones will be boosted by 250% to 3.5 million units a month by April, a company statement said. It said that robust demand from telecommunications equipment makers abroad and in Japan may force Sharp to expand output to 5 million a month by the end of next year.

Sharp will raise production of monochrome supertwisted nematic (STN)-type plastic liquid crystal displays. STN LCDs have a simple design and can be produced at relatively low cost. Plastic LCD screens are approximately half as thick as glass products and only weigh a third as much while being 10 times more shock resistant.

Sharp began producing plastic LCDs in the second half of last year and has been making about 1 million a month. The increased output it expected to bring in revenues of 10bn yen ($95m) in the current financial year ending next March 31.

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