Over 10 million AQUOS models produced worldwide since launch of brand in 2001
MISSISSAUGA, ON - June 26, 2006 - This year, Sharp Electronics, a global leader in consumer electronics and Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) technology, celebrates the fifth year of AQUOS - the international market leader in flat -panel LCD televisions.
In January 2001, Sharp introduced a premium TV to the world that combined 30 -years of research in LCD technology and the award -winning designs of Japanese Industrial designer Toshiyuki Kita. With its slick look that set the standard for flat -panel design and models ranging in sizes between 13 and 20 inches, the AQUOS was the first TV to define the LCD category and set the stage for a new era in the television age.
'When we first launched the AQUOS in 2001, our vision had already been established - to replace all CRT [Cathode Ray Tube] TVs into LCD TVs,' said Carmine Cinerari, vice president, Sharp Electronics of Canada. 'Today, we are in the middle of a full -scale television revolution and AQUOS is leading the escalating demand for flat -panel LCD -TVs worldwide.'
In the Canadian market, and around the world, Sharp currently offers the widest range of LCD -TVs, including the 57 -inch AQUOS LC57D90U, the most advanced large screen LCD television on the market, and the 65 -inch AQUOS LC65D90, the world's largest LCD television. The new models, just like their predecessors, offer the stunning picture quality, long service life and sleek and sophisticated design consumers have come to expect from AQUOS TVs.
As of May 31, 2006, the worldwide production of AQUOS TVs passed the 10 million mark, securing Sharp's position as the international leader in LCD -TVs. This milestone was reached just five years and five months following the launch of the first AQUOS line. And domestically, according to the Consumer Electronics Marketers of Canada (CEMC), LCD -TVs will outsell traditional CRT televisions by as early as next year. In Canada, Sharp Electronics of Canada announced it stopped selling CRT TVs in October 2005.
The latest chapter in the AQUOS story begins this fall with the scheduled start of operations at Kameyama Plant No. 2. Using eighth -generation glass substrates, the plant boasts industry -first manufacturing processes and materials. Kameyama No. 2 will allow Sharp to secure a stable supply system to respond to rapidly growing worldwide demand for larger LCD television screens.
'To stay ahead, you can never rest on your laurels - that's not the Sharp way,' adds Cinerari. 'Consumers from around the world have come to expect only the best from the AQUOS brand and we promise to never disappoint.'
About Sharp Electronics of Canada
Sharp Electronics of Canada Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sharp Corporation of Osaka, Japan, a worldwide developer of the core technologies that are integral to shaping the next generation of home entertainment, appliance and digital office equipment systems. A world leader in Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), Sharp is the developer of the revolutionary AQUOS® LCD Televisions and SharpVision® line of projection products. Sharp continues to demonstrate its home entertainment leadership by advancing technologies such as High Definition Television (HDTV) and Blu -ray technology. Sharp Electronics of Canada Ltd. is located in Mississauga, Ontario. For more information, visit www.sharp.ca.
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