Sharp's solar cloud

The 100th anniversary of Sharp comes as the company fights to keep its solar business relevant. Can it survive? To do so may require a look downstream.

On September 15, Sharp celebrated its 100th anniversary. The iconic Japanese company has a long history of innovation in a wide range of business segments as well as in manufacturing technologies; for example, it started commercial production of solar cells as early as 1963 and LCD production in 1973. And until recently, Sharp also had a history of fiscal soundness. The company reported profits year after year, until it recorded its first ever operating loss in 2009.

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