Your browser is not Javascript enable or you have turn it off. We recommend you to activate for better security reason<div class="billede"><img src="pictures/mini-sonyhx900-3.jpg" alt="S-LCD partnership over"></div>Samsung and Sony end LCD partnership - FlatpanelsHD

<div class="billede"><img src="pictures/mini-sonyhx900-3.jpg" alt="S-LCD partnership over"></div>Samsung and Sony end LCD partnership

27 Dec 2011 | Rasmus Larsen |

In 2004 Samsung and Sony forged a strong LCD production partnership under the name S-LCD. The two companies have now ended S-LCD and Samsung has bought Sony’s stake for $939 million. Sony and Samsung will instead enter into a “strategic agreement”.<br /><br /><h3>Sony leaves S-LCD</h3>In 2004 the two electronics giants invested in a new joint venture company called S-LCD. Samsung owned the PVA LCD technology and now received an investment partner, and Sony was able to secure a steady supply of LCD panels.<br /><br /><p align=center><img class="imgresponsive" src=pictures/slcdended.jpg><br><i>Sony and Samsung’s S-LCD partnership is over</i></p><br />Sony has already said that they were <a href=http://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1320058161><b>looking to leave the LCD partnership</b></a> and now it is official. Samsung has bought Sony’s 50% stake in the S-LCD company for 939 million US dollars, leaving Samsung with 100 % ownership.<br /><br />Instead the two companies enter into a “strategic agreement for supply and purchase of LCD panels”, which is interpreted as a deal to sell and supply LCD panels from Samsung’s LCD factories to Sony’s future LCD-TVs.<br /><br />Sony hopes to secure a more flexible and steady supply of LCD panels in the future, with lower market risk and without the responsibility of operating a manufacturing facility. The sale will be closed by the end of January 2012.<br /><br />Sony’s TV division is currently going through a phase of major changes. The first step was to <a href=http://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1320659256><b>split the TV division into three</b></a> and Sony’s exit from the S-LCD partnership is part of the transition.



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