Sharp will start mass production of blue LED chips for its
liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions at its Fukuyama
Plant in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan within
This means that Sharp will have the control of the entire
manufacturing process of LCD TVs -- from production of all
key components to assembly.
Growth in demand for LED backlights for LCD TVs and LED
lighting fixtures has led to a rapid increase in the demand
for blue LED chips. Sharp started blue LED chip production
at its Mihara Plant in Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture in
January 2010. To meet positive market demand in the mid to
long term, Sharp has decided to start production at the
Fukuyama Plant as well and to expand materials procurement.
This will boost Sharp?s production capacity of blue LED
chips to approximately five billion units a year in fiscal