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Panasonic slashes chip output

Cuts 1000 jobs

Panasonic has announced that it will cut back domestic semiconductor output by the end of March 2012 and cut about 1,000 jobs.

Already the outfit has indicated that there is “trouble at mill” and cut back on TV panel production. Japanese reports say that all the outfit's five domestic chip-manufacturing facilities, including the state-of-the-art Uozu plant in Toyama prefecture, will cut output.

The company is likely to outsource more semiconductors from such firms as TSMC and boost its outsourcing ratio from the current 10 percent to around 30-40 percent within a few years. Panasonic will reduce plasma TV panel production and lay off about 1,000 people.

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