NEC Display Solutions and Sharp Announce ‘Joint Venture’

Published: 2020-03-25

As we wait for the completion of the $1.3 merger of AVI-SPL and Whitlock on the AV integration side of the industry, two other industry giants announced today they’re getting together with NEC Display Solutions partnering with Sharp, so at least one part of the AV industry isn’t changing these days. [related]

NEC Corporation and Sharp Corporation announced today in a joint press release they “have agreed to create a joint venture by combining NEC Display Solutions, Ltd. (NDS), a subsidiary of NEC, with Sharp.”

“The Sharp-NEC joint venture will allow both companies to build upon their strengths and address the visualization needs of their global customers,” according to the joint press release.

“NEC offers one of the broadest visual solutions portfolios in the industry, and with a consultancy-led sales approach, NEC is recognized as a trusted advisor and total solutions provider,” said Hisatsugu Nakatani, president of NEC Display Solutions, Ltd., in the joint announcement.


“This joint venture between Sharp and NEC Display Solutions will bring even greater value and benefits to customers and partners by extending our state-of-the-art product portfolios together with a range of professional service offerings,” he said.

“Sharp and NEC Display Solutions follow the same strategic approach to the future of visual solutions, focusing on superior customer satisfaction enabled by high-quality products, sales leadership excellence and committed relationship-building,” said Nakatani in the joint announcement.

Why Sharp Wanted NEC Display Solutions

“The combination of Sharp’s and NDS’ international strengths is mutually complementary,” said Fujikazu Nakayama, senior executive managing officer of Sharp Corporation and BU President of Business Solutions BU, in the joint announcement.

“We expect this agreement to result in a wide range of synergies, including economies of scale and business expansion in new categories, including an 8K+5G ecosystem,” he said.

“Sharp believes that developing NDS as a joint venture with NEC will contribute to our business growth by enforcing our BtoB business and expanding sales,” said Nakayama in the joint announcement.

Under the terms of the transaction, NEC will transfer 66% ownership of NDS to Sharp, and retain a 34% equity stake in the business. The joint venture will continue to provide NEC-branded products.

NEC will also continue to sell the joint venture’s products and solutions to its customers around the world. The transfer is scheduled to be concluded on July 1.

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