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October 1, 2009

Operations Begin at World’s First LCD Panel Plant
Employing 10th-Generation Glass Substrates

“Sharp Green Front Sakai”*1 Manufacturing Complex Brings the World
Cutting-Edge Large LCD Panels

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On October 1, 2009, Sharp Corporation started operations at its new LCD panel plant (SDP*2) in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Construction began in November 2007 on Sharp’s state-of-the-art manufacturing complex— Sharp Green Front Sakai*1— which includes this LCD panel plant as well as another plant for thin-film solar cells.*3

The LCD panel plant is the first facility in the world to adopt 10th-generation glass substrates. Using Sharp’s proprietary UV2A*4 photo-alignment technology, the plant is capable of producing high-contrast, energy-efficient panels of 40 inches and larger, marking a new era in large displays.

Sharp Green Front Sakai*1 will bring the world two environmentally friendly products: energy-saving LCD panels and energy-creating solar panels. Sharp aims to make this complex an environmentally advanced production base through such environmental measures as adopting LEDs for all indoor and outdoor lighting (approximately 100,000 LED lights) throughout the complex. In addition, Sharp will install solar panels on all factory roofs to provide some of the needed electricity.

Sharp Green Front Sakai*1 is the new driving force behind Sharp’s efforts to make environmentally friendly products at an environmentally conscious plant, thus helping to realize a greener society.

Overview of Sharp Green Front Sakai*1
Location: 1 Takumi-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Land area: Approx. 1.27 million m2
LCD Panel Plant
Production capacity: 72,000 substrates per month (36,000 substrates per month at start of operations)
Glass substrate size: 2,880 x 3,130 mm (10th-generation glass substrate)

*1 Sharp Green Front Sakai is a name used in Japan.
*2 Sharp Display Products Corporation
*3 The thin-film solar cell plant is scheduled to start by March 2010.
*4 Abbreviation of Ultraviolet-induced multi-domain Vertical Alignment.

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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