Sharp mulls jumping back into IT equipment business
PC rollout likely with Hon Hai's help, but smartphones are not part of the plan
OSAKA -- Sharp President Tai Jeng-wu said Saturday the company is considering re-entering the information technology hardware business, including personal computers.
The Japanese electronics manufacturer is weighing the possibility selling PCs and other devices made by its Taiwanese parent, Hon Hai Precision Industry, under the Sharp brand. It has no plans to restart its smartphone business, however.
Tai made the announcement via video link at an event for Sharp retirees at the company's headquarters in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture.
The company previously sold laptops and other products under its Mebius brand, but it pulled the plug on the money-losing business in 2010. Tai said he wants to relaunch the IT equipment business, taking advantage of synergies with Hon Hai.