Foxconn-Sharp partnership to result in new factory to produce Apple iPhone displays

Foxconn-Sharp partnership to result in new factory to produce Apple iPhone displays
Back in March, Foxconn purchased 10% of Japanese manufacturer Sharp, valued at $808 million. With that investment, Sharp will help Foxconn build a factory in Chengdu, China that will turn out displays for different consumer products, although the Apple iPhone was the only product named in the report. For helping Foxconn build the plant, Sharp stands to earn tens of billions of yen.

Since Foxconn already assembles most of Apple's iPhones and iPads, what does Sharp bring to the table? Apparently, the Japanese company offers and improvement in "quality management" at the factory. Both Foxconn and Sharp have partnered up before as the former owns a 46.48% share in Sharp's liquid crystal manufacturing plant in Sakai, Japan, considered to be the most advanced factory in the country.

Front and side view of an IGZO display

Front and side view of an IGZO display

Sharp needs Foxconn as a way to get into producing parts for Apple. Last year, Sharp's indium, gallium, and zinc display, (also known as IGZO) was rumored to be used for the Retina display on the third generation Apple iPad. But the panels could not pass Apple's stringent requirements. Despite losing the chance to sell the panels to Apple, Sharp has started production of the displays for other devices. Additionally, last year Sharp was working on its p-Si LCD technology. Using liquid crystals and low-temperature poly-silicon technology, Sharp said it could build lighter and thinner screens that would require less power than traditional LCD displays. Last year, there was talk that this technology would be used by Apple in the 6th generation of the Apple iPhone due out later this year.

With Samsung parts making up much of Apple's mobile devices, both Foxconn and Sharp hope that their partnership will allow them to supply more parts to the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. While it is not clear if the partnership with Foxconn forced this decision, Sharp also announced on Thursday that the subsidiary that owns it's Saki, Japan factory has bought back a 7% share in the facility from Sony ending the partnership between those two tech companies.

source: AppleInsider

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41 Comments

1. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Is it saki or sakai?? Saki's ....well you all know what it is!!!

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

so now they will have slaves making the screens and assembling the phones. doubling down on slave use. Good thing to know that they are completely ignoring the horrid working conditions they supply.

4. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

So you choose to ignore all the improvements that have happened in recent months thanks to Apple. Of course, Apple could pay their factory workers 6 figure salaries and you'd still find a way to bitch. You have a very female mindset.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

name me all the improvements, troll.

7. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Google it. Increased pay, shorter work hours, better work conditions etc

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I can find info where Apple says that they will pay for improvements at Foxconn factories, but i can't find info about what improvements was done and actually if they were done. Help me taco50! :(

10. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

He can't cause he's lieing....

19. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

We will see. :)

22. GENARAL.LEVY

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 17, 2012

We will see® Aha that reminds me of APPLE_ROYALLY®

23. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

One "We" doesn't count. :D

36. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Now we know that taco50 is loser and liar! He is just skipping this page...

37. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

There is no sign ov him! And no answers.... He's Dissapeard.

16. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

they put nets to catch people jumping out of roofs.. for starters

18. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Seems that suicides is everyday routine for them, so they decide to put nets to catch people jumping out of roofs. Nice improvement to keep them slaves alive as they have to serve. (sarcasm) So that was main improvement to avoid suicides? But what about workers welfare improvements?

25. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

no matter what I say woulndt change your mind so why u ask me to fall under your game.. my last comment was sarcasm. too dumb to tell huh?

29. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"no matter what I say woulndt change your mind..." Or maybe there is nothing to say. :)

32. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

maybe I guess you will never know..

33. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

There is! Galli is voodooed and doomed.....

9. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

U looser and lire....

39. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

aww, did you done did dissapearededed off the thread again because you got caught with your troll pants down again taco?? aww. you made the claim, you back it up. Show me PROOF of them changing things, not just saying they are going to change things.

41. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

And it is not the first time he is doing that.

38. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

That was funny....

27. TR0LL

Posts: 41; Member since: May 20, 2012

So Apple has migrated to other company's? Looks like It's to expensive to buy Samsung products!

6. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

im pretty sure it would on the lines of how walmart treats there overseas factory workers. tisk tisk.

11. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

Troll bait article alert! haha Poor Taco, they'll never give you a break bro...

13. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

We all feel sorry for Taco and gallitoking..... Both ov them, Apple has brainwashed them. U are both doomed. O yea forgot the other guy! "APPLE.ROYALLY" This guy is on a different above League than Taco and Gallitoking......

14. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

APPLE_R0YALLY, stutterer which says we... we... we... we... in each comment. :D P.S. Look at his profile: http://www.phonearena.com/user/APPLE_R0YALLY "(limited) 6 days ago" Does that means he was banned or something?

15. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

haha probably, thank god he was annoying as f**k

21. eyephone

Posts: 69; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

APPLE-ROYALLY please say he's banned for good! Omg that guy and he's we this we that we like we see we advise.......he was so fckng annoying!!!!!!!!!!! GOD that guy! Atleast Taco and gallitoking are okay!

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