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Sony and Toshiba in talks to merge LCD units

Sony and Toshiba are considering merging their small and mid-size LCD manufacturing units, which make displays for smartphones and tablet devices, to form a new joint entity, according to reports.The rumoured deal could also include selling a stake in the venture to the Japanese government and would catapult the new unit ahead of Sharp as the leading manufacturer of small LCD displays, a Reuters report on Tuesday said.
Written by Ben Woods, Contributor on

Sony and Toshiba are considering merging their small and mid-size LCD manufacturing units, which make displays for smartphones and tablet devices, to form a new joint entity, according to reports.

The rumoured deal could also include selling a stake in the venture to the Japanese government and would catapult the new unit ahead of Sharp as the leading manufacturer of small LCD displays, a Reuters report on Tuesday said.

According to unnamed sources in the report, the government-funded Innovation Network Corporation is in discussions to invest around 100bn Yen (£758m) in the venture.

An increase in demand for smartphone and tablet devices has resulted in a booming market for small and medium size LCD displays.

In December 2010, rumours surfaced suggesting that Apple would be investing $1.2bn in a Toshiba LCD manufacturing facility that would provide screens for future iPhone handsets.

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