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<div class="billede"><img src="pictures/mini-sonynx810.jpg" alt="Sony to exit S-LCD"></div>Sony to exit LCD joint-venture with Samsung

31 Oct 2011 | Rasmus Larsen |

Samsung and Sony have been engaged in the S-LCD LCD panel production joint venture for seven years but after massive losses in the TV division, Sony now looks to end the relationship.<br /><br /><h3>Sony to exit LCD joint-venture with Samsung</h3>The S-LCD partnership provided Sony with access to Samsung’s PVA LCD panel technology and a reliable shipment of LCD panels for Sony’s flat panel TVs.<br /><br /><p align=center><a id="thumb" href="pictures/sonyhx800_large1.jpg" class="highslide" rel="highslide"><img class="imgresponsive" src="pictures/sonyhx800_small1.jpg" alt="Sony is planning to exit their S-LCD joint venture with Samsung" title="Click to enlarge" /></a><br><i>Sony is planning to exit their S-LCD joint venture with Samsung</i></p><br />Sony has struggled to make their TV business profitable and like most Japanese electronics manufacturers Sony is looking to change course. Sony announced in August that they are planning <a href=http://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1312448219 target=_blank><b>major changes for the TV business</b></a> and the split with Samsung seems to be the first major step in that process.<br /><br />Sony is believed to have invested more than 1.6 billion US dollars in the S-LCD partnership in which Samsung owns 50.1 % shares because they own the rights and patents for the LCD technology. Now Samsung is either forced to buy Sony’s share or to find a new buyer.<br /><br />Sony recently formed an alliance with <a href=http://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1315224390 target=_blank><b>Toshiba and Hitachi</b></a> for production of small/medium-size LCD panels for handheld devices. Sony has also invested in <a href=http://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1238147308 target=_blank><b>Sharp's latest LCD-TV plant</b></a>. We are still waiting for Sony to announce a new TV division strategy for the future. We will keep you updated in the coming months.<br /><br />- <i>Source: Nikkei</i>



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