Recently, Sharp released its second quarter earnings report for 2019, with revenue of 514.9 billion yen, down 4% year-on-year, and net profit plummeting 35% to 12.5 billion yen. Operating profit in the second quarter plummeted 41% to only 14.6 billion yen, which is the first time Sharp's operating profit decline in the second quarter after the acquisition.
It is understood that Sharp's three major business groups, smart life and other business profits are improving, but the main 8K ecosystem business operating profit plummeted 54%, which is the key to the decline in performance, because Sharp's LCD TV, panel and other business decline .
In addition, Korean media reported that Sharp will withdraw from the smartphone OLED panel market.
In the face of such a bleak financial report, it is almost forgotten that Sharp was once the "father of LCD." From the most brilliant "father of LCD" to the current "or will exit the smart phone OLED panel market", what are the ups and downs of Sharp experienced?
Father of liquid crystal
Sharp was founded by Hayakawa Tetsu in Tokyo, Japan on September 5, 1912. Since then, Hayakawa has taken Sharp to the road and created a number of "first" products for home appliance companies.
Sharp developed the first TV set in Japan in 1951, the microwave oven in 1962, the electronic computer in 1964, and the first electronic dictionary (or "electronic notebook", PDA) with Chinese character performance in 1987. In 1988, the world's first 14-inch LCD monitor was introduced. In 1992, the ViewCam home camera was released. In 2004, the first water heater (Healsio) was introduced. Invented the PCI ion against H5N1 for air purifiers. Home appliances such as air conditioners. Apple Newton, a handheld computer that Apple began to develop in the 1990s, also commissioned Sharp's collaborative development and manufacturing.
It can be said that in the early days of the development of LCD panels, Sharp almost promoted the popularity of LCD TVs by itself. With the transformation of the TV industry from the CRT era to the tablet era, Sharp has developed rapidly in the first decade of the 21st century and once became the leader of LCD TVs. For this reason, Sharp is known as the "father of LCD."
With a leading edge on the display screen, Sharp has embarked on an open road. From black and white to color LCD, from 4 color technology to 4K ultra clear, and then to 8K TV, God's general technology has never stopped, and the strength has left a strong color in the evolution history of LCD TV.
From 2001 to 2007, Sharp became the global super hegemon with LCD TVs.