Joint Venture Between NEC and Sharp Delayed

Due to the Corona outbreak and its consequences, the joint venture in the display sector between NEC and Sharp will be delayed.

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The joint venture of NEC and Sharp in the display sector announced in March this year will be delayed due to the Corona pandemic. The official press release of our parent company on this topic follows:

NEC and Sharp Joint Venture Delayed due to COVID-19

Dear valued customer and partner,

On March 25, 2020, we shared the exciting news about the planned joint venture combining NEC Display Solutions, Ltd. (NDS), a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, with Sharp Corporation. Due to unforeseen delays from COVID-19 and the global pandemic, NEC and Sharp have mutually agreed to delay the launch date of the planned joint venture.

First announced in March, the completion of the transaction was originally planned for July 1, 2020. However, as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, regulatory approvals remain outstanding. Both companies are moving towards completion of those approvals, but uncontrollable variables have the finalization of the joint venture. The transaction is now expected to be concluded in two to four months from the original July 1, 2020 date.

The Sharp and NEC joint venture, to be called Sharp NEC Display Solutions, will be mutually complimentary and will allow both companies to build upon their strengths and address the visualization needs of their global customers. Both companies remain committed to the strategic rationale for the proposed joint venture and will provide further updates in due course. In the meantime, it remains business as usual for both Sharp and NEC Display Solutions.

Sincerely yours,

Bernd Eberhardt
President & CEO
NEC Display Solutions Europe GmbH

Todd Bouman
President & CEO
NEC Display Solutions Americas

Hisatsugu Nakatani
NEC Display Solutions, Ltd.

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