Sony and Toshiba outsource TVs Anyone foolish enough to attempt to avoid buying no-name Taiwanese electronics in favour of the big brands had better think again after Sony and Toshiba both leaked plans to farm out TV production to factories there.

The two giants will outsource almost 4.5 million LCD TV sets to Taiwanese manufacturers this year.

Three million of those are accounted for by Sony’s choice to work with Hon Hai Precision Industry, which also makes iPods, iPhones and Intel motherboards. The remainder of the massive order is going from Toshiba’s own factories to Compal Electronics, which already makes laptops for Dell, HP and Toshiba itself.

The move comes as the market for flat-panel TVs is becoming increasingly difficult due to price cutting.


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