Panasonic denies reports it will end plasma production in 2014
Panasonic has denied that it will pull out of the plasma TV panel business by March 2014, as reported by Reuters.
In a statement issued to whathifi.com, Panasonic says:
• The content of the [Reuters] report is not something that was announced by Panasonic.
• The company is looking into a variety of options regarding the strategy for the PDP [plasma display] business, but nothing has been decided at this stage.
• The company is looking into a variety of options regarding the utilization of the Amagasaki Factory, but nothing has been decided at this stage.
Reuters based its story on "sources familiar with the situation," it says.
Like rivals such as Sony, Toshiba and Sharp, Panasonic has suffered from over-capacity in the TV manufacturing business, a strong yen and the seemingly unstoppable success of Korean companies Samsung and LG.
According to Reuters, Panasonic's TV division was a major contributor to the company's combined £9bn loss in the last two financial years. Its TV business posted an operating loss of £573m in the last financial year.
This year's Panasonic plasmas have been better than ever, with models such as the 42in GT60 receiving glowing five-star reviews.
By Andy Clough