Philips to shut down a third of factories worldwide
Will it shut down its monitor factories?
The thorny question of whether Philips will now bite the bullet and shut down its CRT monitor operations has re-emerged after Cor Boonstra, the company's president, said it will shut down a third of its factories worldwide. Reports that it was exiting the CRT monitor business, quickly denied by Philips, were first published in The Register last June, at the Computex show in Taiwan.
The Financial Times reported today that Boonstra had said "the group had built too big a production capacity for requirements". It was looking to sell semiconductor, lighting and medical groups of the Dutch company, he added.
Philips has already shut 25 plants this year but specific details of which units will follow are sketchy. The company has a large monitor unit based in Taiwan but was noticeable by its absence from this year's Computex trade fair. Shortly after our report, an Eindhoven representative said it saw "major growth" in PC peripherals and one of the key elements was monitor growth. ®
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