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April 8, 2009

New LCD Panel Plant under Construction in Sakai City to Start Operations in October 2009

Sharp Corporation will bring its LCD panel plant at the “Manufacturing Complex for the 21st Century” into operation in October 2009. The plant is currently under construction in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.

Though the worldwide demand for LCD TVs has slowed temporarily due to the global economic recession, it is expected to further expand, notably in emerging economies such as China. While full-capacity operation is underway at Kameyama Plant No. 2, Sharp has decided to start operations this October at the new LCD panel plant in Sakai City, where the evaluation of technology for mass production has been completed, to meet this growing demand.

The Sakai LCD panel plant employs a number of innovative LCD technologies in conjunction with adopting the world’s first 10th-generation glass substrates. Through cooperation with related companies set to locate on the same vast site, Sharp will establish the “Manufacturing Complex for the 21st Century” and implement a new type of vertical integration.

Sharp will work towards achieving further innovations in LCD panel performance and cost competitiveness at this state-of-the-art production facility.

Overview of the LCD Panel Plant at the “Manufacturing Complex for the 21st Century”
• Start of operations:   October 2009 (plan)
• Start of construction:   November, 2007
• Input capacity:   72,000 substrates per month
(36,000 substrates at start of operations)
• Amount of investment:   Approx. 380 billion yen (including land acquisition costs)
• Glass substrate size:   2,880 x 3,130 mm (10th-generation)
• Main products:   LCD panels for large-screen LCD TVs in the 40-, 50-, and 60-inch class
• Location:   1 Takumi-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

The above information is true and accurate at the time of publication. Manufacture, sale, price and specifications of products may be subject to change.

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