Founded in 1912, Sharp Electronics is the world’s pre-eminent
LCD TV brand. With a key focus on TVs, solar systems and copier/printer solutions, the Corporation employs 47,750 people, of which nearly half are employed outside Japan. It operates in 30 countries and its products are distributed to 164 countries worldwide. As of March 2005, annual turnover is in excess of Yen 2,500 billion.
Sharp has long been a pioneer in the development of Liquid Crystal
Display technologies, since the conception of the LCD calculator in the
early 1970s. This commitment has helped Sharp become the world’s number
one LCD TV manufacturer, much to the annoyance of its competitors
Massive investment in LCD production resulted in the opening of the
world’s first 6th generation LCD plant at Kameyama, Japan, in January
2004, which has now been named a ‘Super-Green Factory’, due to its high
environmental performance. This will be joined by the world’s first 8th
generation facility in October 2006, allowing Sharp to develop the
market for 40″-plus LCD TVs, and again reinforcing the Company’s market
leading position in the flat-screen TV market.
…and what’s the point of Sharp UK?
Sharp Electronics has been researching and producing in the UK for more
than 30 years. The Company’s manufacturing base, located in Wrexham, and
its UK Research & Development function (Sharp Laboratories of Europe aka
SLE) based in Oxford, support and develop new products and technologies
under Sharp’s ‘one-of-a-kind’ business philosophy.
The Wrexham operation produces microwave ovens and photovoltaic solar
panels for the UK and European markets.
Ongoing research into optoelectronics, information technology and LCDs
is undertaken at SLE in Oxford, which was formed in 1990.
Annual UK turnover in 2004/5 was £182m.