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Sharp to help IoT ventures in mass production

Suppliers to let ventures use their equipment

Sharp holds a seminar for entrepreneurs.

OSAKA -- Sharp is launching a matchmaking business to pair "internet of things" startups with manufacturers willing to share underutilized manufacturing equipment.

The Japan-based electronics company, now majority-owned by Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry, is moving to develop new lines of business under ongoing structural reforms. It recently began recruiting startups around Mie Prefecture, east of Osaka.

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