Samsung Chairman Named as Suspect by Prosecutors in Political Probe

After a tough 2016, Samsung was likely looking for a little relief in 2017. They’ll have to keep looking because, as the old saying goes, “When it rains, it pours.” Reuters is reporting that prosecutors in South Korea have summoned … Continue reading

Sharp Hit With Pushback; Hisense Refuses to Rescind Licensing Deal

Hisense is Said to be ‘Defiant’ News sources in Japan are reporting that Hisense has fired back at newly aggressive Sharp negotiating tactics, saying firmly it will not relinquish the licensing rights to the Sharp brand name in North & … Continue reading

LG Display Signs Deal to Supply Sony with OLED Panels

This Could Mean War with Samsung’s Quantum Dot Tech Korea’s ETNews network is reporting this week that, after weeks of negotiation, LG Display and Sony have signed a comprehensive deal for the supply of OLED panels to be used in … Continue reading

Not Again! Another Big, Bad Surprise from Toshiba

Loses Almost a Third of Its Total Market Value in 2 Days Toshiba Corps. stock price plunged 30% this week as the company announced it is facing the prospect of booking a potentially multi-billion dollar writedown related to an acquisition made … Continue reading

Sharp Strikes Again – Terminates LCD Panel Supply to China’s Hisense

Sharp Parent Foxconn Appears to be Playing Global Hard Ball Just days after we told you about Sharp’s decision to stop supplying LCD panels to global TV leader Samsung – a decision that shocked many in Japan – apparently, they’ve done … Continue reading

Power Move: Sharp to Terminate LCD Panel Supply to Samsung

‘Samsung Scrambling to Find New Sources’ – Looks to LG The media in Japan positively exploded this week with the shocking news that Sharp has notified Samsung it will no longer supply the world’s top seller of LCD TVs with the … Continue reading

After Years of Cutbacks, Sony Says It’s Time to Drive Sales

Sony Marketing Discusses Growth Plans with Japanese Media Sony told the Nikkei this week that – to paraphrase – after years of painful dieting, the company has reached its fighting weight and is ready to go to battle to grow its sales … Continue reading

A Tale of Two Japans – Toshiba & Japan Display

Two stories out of Japan caught our attention and, to our thinking, combine to show that Japan’s tech industry is still not yet out of the woods. The first story, by the Japan Times, says that troubled Toshiba’s half-year fiscal … Continue reading

OLED Universe is Expanding, Chinese Makers Plan Multiple Factories

In news coming out of Asia, multiple Chinese panel makers are planning to build large production factories making OLED panels – mostly for the smartphone market. Motivated in part, by Apple’s commitment to the technology, companies like BOE Technologies – China’s … Continue reading