Panasonic-Toshiba venture to shut Malaysia CRT plant

Company recorded losses last year that almost equaled its sales.

Matsushita Toshiba Picture Display Co. plans to close a plant in Malaysia that manufactures CRTs for television sets, the company said Thursday.

Operations at MT Picture Display (M) Sdn. Bhd. is to end in August. The company, which produces CRTs between 21 inches and 32 inches in diagonal width for the Japanese and North American markets, recorded staggering losses last year that almost equaled its sales.

In the most recent financial year, which ended in March 2006, the company lost 969 million Malaysian ringgit ($264 million) on sales of 973 million Malaysian ringgit.

Panasonic will continue to manufacture CRT-based television sets in Malaysia using CRTs from factories in Thailand and the Philippines, Akira Kadota, a spokesman for the Osaka company, said Thursday.

Matsushita Toshiba Picture Display is a joint venture with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (Panasonic) and Toshiba Corp.

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