Sharp Corporation opened Sharp Manufacturing Poland Sp.z o.o. (SMPL), a new LCD module and LCD TV production base that serves the European market.
SMPL is located near the city of Torun in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voidvodship in the north-central part of the Republic of Poland. It is the first plant in the Sharp Group to manufacture LCD modules in Europe. LCD module production started in January 2007, and integrated production--covering the manufacture of LCD modules and the assembly of LCD TVs--began in July 2007.
Sharp said that it will gradually increase production capacity at the plant to meet fiscal 2011 Europe demand of LCDs of 36 million units, which accounts for 30% of world LCD TV demand.
In addition to the integrated manufacture of LCD TVs, SMPL will also supply LCD modules for the large LCD TVs made at Sharp's plant in Spain and at Loewe's plant in Germany.