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Sony's unmanned Malaysian factory to slash TV production costs

Japanese electronics giant seeks edge with robots to catch up with Samsung and LG

Though its market share in standard models is relatively small, Sony still has a solid position in high-end television sets. (Photo courtesy of Sony)

TOKYO -- Sony Group aims to sharply expand automation at its main television manufacturing base in Malaysia, turning to innovation to better compete with South Korean and Chinese rivals that have outpaced Japanese TV makers.

The plan is expected to reduce production costs there by 70% from fiscal 2018 levels by fiscal 2023.

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