31 Aug '11, 9pm

Sony, Toshiba, Hitachi to combine LCD operations, plan IPO - TODAYonline

TOKYO - Japanese electronics makers Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi will merge their liquid-crystal display (LCD) operations into a venture to be called Japan Display KK, using about S$3.1 billion of government-backed funds to fend off growing competition from rivals in South Korea and Taiwan. They aim to complete the merger by the spring of next year and have forecast sales of ¥750 billion (S$11.8 billion) for the fiscal year ending March 2016. The three partners are also planning an initial public offering by March 2016, according to the venture's biggest shareholder. "We set up this entity to ensure that Japanese companies can maintain their competitive edge in the LCD panel space going forward," said Mr Kimikazu Noumi, president and CEO of Innovation Network Corp of Japan (INCJ), a government-backed investment fund which will hold a 70-per-cent stake in the new company. INCJ...

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