iPad mini demand reportedly forces Sharp to slow iPad display production

by Doug Drinkwater

January 18 2013

Sharp is said to have slowed down iPad display production in Japan
Sharp is said to have slowed down iPad display production in Japan

A new report claims that Sharp has ‘nearly halted’ production of 9.7-inch iPad display screens at its production facility in central Japan.

Citing two sources with close connections to the display manufacturer, Reuters says that Sharp’s iPad display production line in Kameyama, central Japan is now operating at a ‘minimal level’ as Apple manages the rest of its remaining inventory.

This action is supposedly because Apple is experiencing high demand for the 7.85-inch iPad mini, although both Apple and Sharp decided not to comment on the reasons behind the move.

Apple also gets iPad screens from Samsung Display and LG Display, its biggest supplier, with the latter confirming that it has not seen any significant change in its distribution of iPad displays to Apple.

A source at the firm did however tell Reuters that iPad screen production in this current quarter is down from December, but mainly because of weak seasonal demand in the post-holiday period.

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