Sharp Corporation, through its subsidiaries, manufactures electronic devices. The company operates primarily in Japan, North America, Europe, and China. Segments The company operates in two segments: Consumer/Information Products, and Electronic Components. Consumer/Information Products segment The Consumer/Information Products segment offers audio-visual and communication equipment, home appliances, and information equipment. The company’s audio-visual and communication equipment offerings include LCD color televisions, color televisions, projectors, DVD recorders, DVD players, Blu-ray Disc recorders, Blu-ray Disc players, mobile communications handsets, mobile phones, and PHS (personal handy-phone system) terminals. The company’s health and environment equipment includes refrigerators, superheated steam ovens, microwave ovens, air conditioners, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, air purifiers, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, electric heaters, small cooking appliances, plasmacluster ion generators, LED lights, and solar-powered LED lights. The company’s information equipment include personal computers, electronic dictionaries, calculators, facsimiles, telephones, POS systems, handy data terminals, electronic cash registers, LCD color monitors, information displays, digital MFPs(multifunction printers), options and consumables, software, FA equipment, and ultrasonic cleaners. Electronic Components The Electronic Components segment provides LCDs, solar cells, and other electronic devices. LCDs: The company offers TFT LCD modules, Duty LCD modules, and System LCD modules. Solar Cells: The company offers crystalline solar cells and thin-film solar cells. Other Electronic Devices: The company offers CCD/CMOS imagers, LSIs for LCDs, microprocessors, flash memory, combination memory, analog ICs, components for satellite broadcasting, terrestrial digital tuners, RF modules, network components, laser diodes, LEDs, optical pickups, optical sensors, components for optical communications, regulators, and switching power supplies. Strategic Alliances Sharp Corporation, Nanjing-city, a city in China, and Nanjing China Electronics Panda Group Corporation have agreed to form a joint venture to produce LCD panels using 6th generation glass substrates. Sharp would collaborate with the new company, Nanjing CEC-PANDA LCD Technology Co., Ltd., on construction of the LCD panel plant in Nanjing-city and production of LCD panels, by providing its LCD production technology and know-how as well as the sales of 6th generation production equipment of Kameyama Plant No.1. In November 2009, Pioneer Corp. and Sharp Corporation have launched their optical disk joint venture. On January 4, 2010, Enel Green Power S.p.A, Sharp Corporation and STMicroelectronics NV signed an agreement for the manufacture of triple-junction thin-film photovoltaic panels in Italy. At the same time Enel Green Power and Sharp signed a further agreement to jointly develop solar farms. On January 06, 2010, STMicroelectronics NV has signed a contract with Enel Green Power and Sharp Corporation. The deal has been signed to produce photovoltaic panels in Italy. In January 2010, Sharp Corporation, Enel Green Power, and STMicroelectronics announced that the establishment of a joint venture for production of thin-film solar cells and for IPP business mainly in Europe. History Sharp Corporation was founded in 1912.
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