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Panasonic pares LCD TV costs by bringing panel processing in-house

Reduced inventory, flexible output to help maintain profit as prices decline

Panasonic's Utsunomiya plant is already attaching backlights to panels for high-end LCD TV models.   © (Photo courtesy of Panasonic)

OSAKA -- Panasonic is revamping its production process for LCD televisions, installing more of the backlights to the liquid crystal display panels internally rather than farming out the task half of the time as now.

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