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Sharp mask factory aims to go from 'out of the blue,' into the black

Business thrown together with help from Foxconn boosts efficiency with automation

When Japan was experiencing a mask shortage last spring, Sharp decided to step in, starting production in an idled clean room.    © Reuters

OSAKA -- A clean room at Sharp's display panel plant in Mie Prefecture, east of here, is a factory that never sleeps.

Inside its pristine walls, nine production lines operate 24/7, churning out 700,000 surgical masks per day.

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