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Hon Hai declines to comment on reported plan to supply iTV screens

Hon Hai declines to comment on reported plan to supply iTV screens

Taipei, March 21 (CNA) Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the world's largest contract electronics maker, on Thursday declined to comment on media reports that the company's chairman Terry Gou had met with representatives from Apple Inc. in early March to discuss cooperation in TV production. According to the reports, Gou met with Apple representatives at a 10th generation flat panel plant in Sakai, western Japan, earlier this month and they discussed flat screen shipments for production of Apple's planned iTVs. At the meeting, the reports said, Gou showed "a product" to the Apple representatives, indicating that the Sakai plant can supply panels to Apple in the U.S. electronics giant's bid to enter the global smart TV business. While Hon Hai declined to comment on the reports, a source close to the company, who asked not to be named, said Gou did meet with Apple representatives in Japan to discuss the supply of large-sized display panels. Gou, under his own name, bought a stake in the Sakai advanced flat panel screen plant last year from Sharp Corp. for about US$800 million (NT$23.84 billion). The Sakai plant is expected to roll out panels for the production of 6 million 60-inch TVs a year, and the Taiwanese firm will assemble about 3 million TVs, based on Gou's stake in the plant, a senior Hon Hai officil said last November. The source said Hon Hai is very likely to win orders from Apple for iTV screens as the Taiwanese firm has gained the upper hand against its rivals in the fields of design and production. The iTV panels will be produced at the Sakai plant, the source said, adding that details such as screen sizes and shipment volumes have not yet been finalized. Those details will not become clear until 2014, as the iTV is still in the design stage, the source said. Hon Hai last year launched a 60-inch TV model that uses screens produced at the Sakai plant. The TV is on sale in several markets, including Taiwan, the U.S. and China. The company said it is planning to assemble bigger TVs, such as 70-inch and 80-inch models, in the future. (By Jalen Chung and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-01-20 18:36 GMT+08:00