Sharp has begun construction work on what it claims will be the world’s largest LCD TV factory. The company says it will invest 380 billion yen in the project, which is due to begin operations in 2010. The state of the art facility, based in Sakai, Osaka, is attracting other component suppliers to operate in the same area. It will be the first LCD plant to produce 10th generation glass substrates, designed to make the production of super-large LCD TVs more cost effective. Sharp says that when its new Osaka facility is working at full capacity, it will be producing the equivalent of 13 million 42inch TVs per year.