Sharp Adopts Global Production Model

Faced with its first ever loss, Sharp will take a cue from Japan's carmakers and find partners to help it shift more TV production overseas

For decades, Japan's automakers have built factories overseas, producing many of their cars close to local markets instead of shipping models from Japan. The benefits were clear: Companies skirted import duties, insulated themselves from sudden foreign currency swings, and kept labor costs lower than they would have been if the factories were in Japan.

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