The small display panel joint venture by Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi, with $2.5B in federal funding is underway: http://bit.ly/Hz5qLu
Here’s a great overview of the project by Osawa-san from WSJ.. noting the challenges and opportunities for this group: “…Japan Display immediately became one of the world’s largest makers of small displays for the booming market for smartphones..” [Eds]
Analysts say Japan Display can succeed, but the stakes are high for the entire Japanese electronics sector. The company must tackle South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co., which has extensive resources to invest in new technology, as well as other Asian rivals that offer less-expensive, if generic, products.
The combined value of the market for small liquid-crystal-display and organic-light-emitting-diode panels was $27.2 billion last year, according to DisplaySearch. But its growth is spreading like wildfire: Mr. Hayase estimates the market will more than double in size to $56.5 billion in 2015… Continue >>