Japan Display in Talks With Apple to Build $1.7 Billion Display Factory

Japan Display in Talks With Apple to Build $1.7 Billion Display Factory

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Japan Display Inc is in talks with Apple to build a plant that would supply the company with screens for its next generation devices. It wants Apple to invest in the project which would likely make it the primary supplier of the displays for the iPhone.

Japan Display wants Apple to shoulder much of the expected 200 billion yen ($1.7 billion) investment in the plant, which aims to be in operation next year, the source said on condition of anonymity as the talks remain confidential.

When asked to comment on the matter, Japan Display said it was constantly pursuing opportunities but "no formal decision has been made regarding any matter that we need to disclose".

A source said the mostly likely site for the plan is in Ishikawa, located in central Japan. It would have a higher capacity than an existing plant in Mobara which makes 50,000 1.50mx1.85m sheets for iPhone 6 displays.

Last year, CEO Shuichi Otsuka said the company needed a new plant as it was nearing full capacity.

Apple has entered this type of investment in the past; however, its most recent investment in purchasing a facility to make sapphire crystal ended spectacularly after GT Advanced failed to meet production goals and subsequently declared bankruptcy.

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Japan Display in Talks With Apple to Build $1.7 Billion Display Factory
ASD - February 20, 2015 at 9:13pm
Anywhere except china f$@* china
Justabrake - February 20, 2015 at 5:29pm
Where are the American jobs apple ?
Ren - February 20, 2015 at 6:06pm
Mexicans
Ren - February 20, 2015 at 6:59pm
Jk it's not anywhere but chose to be done in Japan.
Adam - February 21, 2015 at 2:38am
They tried with GT Advance and look what happened?
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