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Japan's Sharp curbs iPad screen output as Apple manages inventory: Sources

Published on Jan 19, 2013 6:29 AM
 
A visitor tries Apple Inc's iPad at an electronics store in central Seoul on Jan 18, 2013. Sharp Corp has nearly halted production of 9.7-inch screens for Apple Inc's iPad, two sources said, possibly as demand shifts to its smaller iPad mini. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO/SEOUL (REUTERS) - Sharp Corp has nearly halted production of 9.7-inch screens for Apple Inc's iPad, two sources said, possibly as demand shifts to its smaller iPad mini.

Sharp's iPad screen production line at its Kameyama plant in central Japan has fallen to the minimal level to keep the line running this month after a gradual slowdown began at the end of 2012 as Apple manages its inventory, the industry sources with knowledge of Sharp's production plans told Reuters.

Sharp has stopped shipping iPad panels, the people with knowledge of the near total production shutdown said. The exact level of remaining screen output at Sharp was not immediately clear but it was extremely limited, they said.

Company spokesman Miyuki Nakayama said: "We don't disclose production levels".

 
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