SHARP CORPORATION

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About Sharp Corporation

Sharp Corporation (TSE: 6753) was established in 1912 and is engaged in the manufacture and sale of electrical communications equipment, electric equipment and electronics-applied equipment, including televisions, video cameras, CD stereos, MD players, fridges, faxes, and mobile phones. Its other divisions cover electronics (TV, video, camcorder, CD stereo, MD player, fridges, fax, mobile phones) and electronics components (opto devices, CD-ROM devices, photo voltaic devices).

 

Sharp  - solar applications - cells, modules, arrays, BIPV

Sharp solar panels in action

 

Sharp's business is pointed at the electronics market. Best known for its consumer electronics, the company is a leading maker of electronic components and computer hardware and peripherals. Its flagship components business includes liquid crystal displays (LCDs, used in everything from airplane cockpits to PCs to pinball machines), flash memory, integrated circuits, and laser diodes used in optical data drives. Sharp also makes PCs, printers, and cell phones; consumer audio and video products, such as CD and DVD players and video cameras; and a variety of appliances, such as air conditioners, refrigerators, and vacuum cleaners. Sharp plans to stop making color TVs, focusing its efforts instead on LCD TVs.

 

Since 1959, Sharp has been harnessing the power of the sun to improve the quality of life. Today, they are the world’s no1 manufacturer of Solar cells. In fact, Sharp’s high quality, Photovoltaic Power Generation Systems are used for everything from satellites to lighthouses, industrial applications to residential use.  In 2001 Sharp was responsible for 19.2%* of the world's total production of solar cells* Source: PV News (February 2002 issue)

 

Multi-Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Modules

 

Sharp’s photovoltaic modules are designed for large electrical power requirements. Based on the technology of crystal silicon solar cells cultivated for over 35 years, these modules have superb durability to withstand rigorous operating conditions and are suitable for grid connected or stand-alone systems.

 

Sharp Solar PV Panels

Rated Power

Performance Warranty

Weight

Length

Width

Height

Price Ex. VAT

 

 

Yrs

KG

mm

mm

mm

GBP (Ł)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NE-80

80w

25

8.5

1200

530

35

Ł 299.90

ND-L3

123w

25

14.5

1499

662

46

Ł 452.78

 

 

 Click here to view the Sharp 80w module brochure (PDF)    Click here to view the Sharp 123w module brochure (PDF)

 

SHARP CORP. 3 YEAR
 FINANCIAL SUMMARY

2002
JPY in
thousands

2003
JPY in
thousands

2004
JPY in
thousands

 Net Sales 

 1,803,798,000

 2,003,210,000

 2,257,273,000

 EBITDA 

 181,741,000

 234,441,000

 273,078,000

 EBIT 

 46,747,000

 89,045,000

 103,270,000

 Net Profit 

 11,311,000

 32,594,000

 60,715,000

 Ordinary Dividend 

 -15,714,000

 -15,463,000

 -17,437,000

Long Term Invest. 

 134,473,000

 115,301,000

 140,682,000

 Fixed Assets 

 637,244,000

 672,987,000

 760,797,000

 Current Liabilities 

 813,462,000

 818,408,000

 950,015,000

 Long Term Debt 

 173,839,000

 232,038,000

 198,835,000

 Provisions 

 9,314,000

 9,926,000

 15,789,000

 Minorities 

 10,630,000

 8,854,000

 7,905,000

 Total Shareholder Eq 

 926,856,000

 902,116,000

 943,532,000

 Stocks/Inv. 

 284,761,000

 284,964,000

 273,668,000

 Cash 

 247,605,000

 271,712,000

 277,623,000

 KEY RATIOS

2002

2003

2004

 Net Profit Margin 

 0.63 %

 1.63 %

 2.69 % 

 ROE 

 1.21 %

  

  

 Cur. Ratio 

 1.3300

 1.3600

 1.2100

 Debt/Capital 

 0.2600

 0.2500

 0.2100

 

 

Sharp to Expand Solar Cell Production Output to 400 MW Annually, the World's Highest

 

Tokyo, Japan, Dec 16, 2004 - (JCN Newswire) - Sharp Corporation will bolster its solar cell production lines at its Katsuragi Plant* in Nara Prefecture to cope with burgeoning demand both in Japan and internationally. This move will expand annual production output from the previous 315 MW (megawatts) to 400 MW per year. The new line will become operational in January 2005.

The momentum behind the introduction of renewable energy in countries around the world continues to grow. Efforts along these lines include the Kyoto Protocol, which aims at preventing global warming, going into effect in February 2005; the strengthening of policies in European countries to encourage more widespread use, in particular, the new Renewable Energy Law in Germany; and incentives being put in place by various states in the US. Reflecting these efforts, the total amount of electrical energy produced annually from photovoltaic sources (solar cells) in fiscal 2004 is estimated to be approximately 900 MW, and predictions are that this figure will grow to a level exceeding 1.1 GW (gigawatts) in fiscal 2005.

Demand in Japan, which leads the world in photovoltaic energy production, continues strong, centered primarily on residential applications. Rapid growth is also being predicted in the future for large-scale systems designed for industrial and electric utility use both inside and outside of Japan. To respond to these demands, Sharp will soon put a new production line into operation based on a new high-productivity process. Also, to provide against potential shortages of silicon, the raw material for solar cell substrates, we are also working to use this material more effectively by reducing the cell film thickness from 200 µm to 180 µm, and will continue to strive to lower costs.

Sharp Corporation intends to further expand its solar cell production capacity, while at the same time, aiming at becoming a "zero global warming impact company" that contributes to the achievement of a clean energy society.

*Formerly our Shinjo Plant; name has been changed because of the merger of two towns.


CONTACT:

 

Sharp Corporation 
Public Relations Division
Osaka: 81-6-6621-1272 
Tokyo: 81-3-3260-1870

 

 

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