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Black day for Pioneer as it pulls the plug on plasma

March 4th, 2008 · No Comments

Pioneer is to pull out of plasma panel production. That’s the news from Tokyo today, as the company has put its PDP business on ‘review’. The likely upshot is that the brand’s highly regarded Kuro screens will be junked and the super-black screen prototype shown at the last CES will never come to market. The move is being forced by worsening worldwide trading conditions for flatpanel vendors.
Pioneer is apparently considering a deal to buy plasma panels from Panasonic to keep its branding alive. Recently, Pioneer Australia confirmed that it will introduce a range of LCD screens sourced from Sharp, however it was expected some Kuro screens would remain in production.

Tags: Corporate · LCD TV · Plasma · Trade

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