Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Fujitsu to cease Plasma production

The Japanese manufacturer Fujitsu has announced that it will stop producing Plasma screens after nearly fifteen years of commercial involvement with the technology.

In 1992 the Japanese electronics giant was the the first manufacturer to make a Plasma TV available to the general buying public. Surprisingly, their first screen was a 21in plasma monitor for PC's. The company scored another first in 1996 with the introduction of the first 42in widescreen plasma.

Fujitsu has cited the erosion of profit margins along with intense competition from LCD as the reasons why they are leaving the market. In fact, Fujitsu has long since stopped producing Plasma screens in large number, providing high end niche products for boutique electronic stores in the US and UK.

The plasma sector of the flat panel market seems to be having a tough time at the moment with Pioneer announcing recently that it had shelved plans to open a new production facility after falling demand for plasma screens. LCD certainly seems to be in the ascendancy with Sony announcing recently that it is pulling out of the rear projection market.

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