Sharp may supply LCD panels to Samsung | Rumor
Samsung Electronics could contact Sharp to supply LCD panels. The indiscretion comes from the Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), a company that specializes in market analysis. Samsung has recently announced to stop the production of LCD panels conventional by the end of 2020. Stop then the relevant assets Samsung Display (the branch that produces the panels), but not the production of devices with LCD panels. Sharp should replace - at least partly - Samsung Display along with other third-party vendors.
If you consider the TV division, the Korean giant is currently supplies by Samsung Display, the taiwanese AUO and Innolux, and from Chinese BOE and China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT, of which it owns a share). According to DSCC, the supply contract with Sharp would already have been signed. If the news will be confirmed it will be a return to the past for the two multinational companies. Sharp has already sold their LCD panels to Samsung. The reports were discontinued at the end of 2016 after the acquisition of Sharp by Foxconn and the decision to reserve the production to tv with brand Sharp. In that period, Samsung was the main customer of the japanese company.