2010年12月28日 07:14 AM
鸿海12亿美元洽购日立显示器业务 Taiwan’s Hon Hai in talks on $1.2bn Hitachi flat-screen deal
Hon Hai is in talks to acquire a majority stake in Hitachi’s flat-panel display business in a deal worth $1.2bn, say people familiar with the negotiations.
The acquisition would take the Taiwanese group to the top tier of producers of small and medium-sized liquid crystal display panels with an equal or slightly bigger market share than Sharp, the current leader.
Hon Hai is already the biggest contract electronics maker but the move could see it produce screens for mobile devices and tablets in Japan, and bolster its ability to make advanced components for smartphones and computers such as Apple’s iPhone and iPad. It is the largest maker of Apple devices but faces increasing competition for the assembly contracts.
鸿海目前是最大的合同电子制造商。此次收购将让该公司能在日本生产移动设备和平板电脑 所需的显示屏，并提高其为智能手机和电脑（如苹果(Apple)的iPhone和iPad）生产先进配件的能力。鸿海虽然是苹果设备最大的制造商，但该公 司所面临的装配合同竞争越来越激烈。
Hitachi Display, in which Hon Hai wants to invest, is a lossmaking venture between Hitachi, which owns 75 per cent, and Canon. Since combining their display operations in 2005, the two groups have been unable to turn a profit, a failure blamed on a lack of scale.
Hitachi Display’s biggest customers are Japanese mobile phone makers, which make almost no sales outside Japan.
The company controls desirable technology, not least its IPS screens, which are clear even when viewed at oblique angles.
Hon Hai, part of the Foxconn group, has bought two tele- vision factories from Sony outside Japan – in Slovakia and Mexico – but the Hitachi Display acquisition would be its first big foray into the country that long dominated consumer electronics production.
Most new manufacturing capacity for large-size LCD panels used in TV sets is being built in China, the world’s largest market for flat-panel TV sets. But Japan has the edge in more intricate small panels, say industry insiders said.
Japan’s Nikkei newspaper reported that Hon Hai would pay Y100bn ($1.2bn) for a controlling stake. The funds would add a second plant to Hitachi Display’s LCD factory north of Tokyo, which would begin production in 2012, it said.