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Fingers crossed I'm not repeating something already posted, I did do a quick search, with NIL results.

Those who are interested; http://www.plasma.com/classroom/whomakesplasma.htm

Plasma TV Manufacturer's

Who really makes your Plasma TV?

Very few Plasma tv manufacturers actually make their own plasma tv. Most use a system called rebadging. Basically they buy from a Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), claim to have a secret extra special feature then stick a new sticker on it and bill you thousands extra for the sticker. If you really want to pay thousands for a sticker please call our sales dept and we will sell you a sticker with our website logo for much less then the couple thousand you will pay Fujitsu or Runco.

THE MAJOR PLASMA MANUFACTURERS

NEC - Nec is a OEM manufacturer and is now owned by Pioneer . Although owned by Pioneer they still operate under a separate label. NEC has commercial units and home units. They also supply screens to Marantz Runco and several other companies. NEC sold their plasma factory to Pioneer and now buys their panels from Pioneer and installs their own electronics.

Panasonic - Makes the complete units, Supplies Toshiba, JVC, Fujitsu and more

Pioneer Plasma - Pioneer owns NEC and has switched production to the NEC lines. The new 50 inch and the 42 inch units are all NEC glass. To tell if a 50 inch is Pioneer or NEC, check the resolution, IF 1280 it is Pioneer , If 1365 it is NEC . 42 inch Pioneer Plasma tv is NEC . 43 inch Plasma tv is Pioneer Glass

Fujitsu Plasma - Only makes their own 42 inch in partnership with Hitachi . 50 and 61 inch Fujitsu Plasmas are Panasonic and NEC but the 42 inch are their own. Note Hitachi plasma screens are identical to Fujitsu and cost thousands less, 55 Inch Fujitsu is same as Hitachi,

Sony Plasma tv - Makes their own boards and chips but uses Fujitsu/ Hitachi plasma screen glass for 42 inch, 50 inch is NEC, 42inch EDTV is NEC

Hitachi - Owns 50% of plasma screen factory with Fujitsu. Makes own internal components. 42 Alis screens are Hitachi as is the New 55, 50 inch are Pioneer and 42 EDTV is a NEC screen

Philips - Uses Fujitsu/ Hitachi glass screen and most internal components as well. However, Philips makes its own bezel with built in speakers.

LG / Zenith - Make their own glass in Korea

Samsung - Makes its own components in Korea

THE SECONDARY MANUFACTURERS

RCA/ Thompson - Partners with NEC to OEM its product. Just a NEC with a new bezel.

JVC - 50 inch is Panasonic, 42 is NEC

Toshiba - OEM from Panasonic.

Sharp - OEM product through Pioneer for 50" and 42 though they may make some internal component changes .

Runco - OEM 50" from Pioneer and 42" from NEC,

Marantz - OEM plasma monitor from NEC. It is our understanding its just a sticker job

Studio Experience use a Samsung panel but custom electronics

Viewsonic - OEM 50" plasma screen from Pioneer ( old 502 ).

Sampo - 42v3 is old Fujitsu, 42v6 is Samsung Plasma,

Gateway: Units are rebranded Sampo

Norcent Units may be rebranded Sampo

Maxent is Sampo, There seems to be a rumor spreading around that maxents are actually Panasonic panels. These seems extremely unlikely as Panasonic cannot keep up with there own requirement. We suspect that maxents are actually LG glass with their own electronics.

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Has been posted previously, might have been a while ago though

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One correction.

Hitachi bought the other 50% of the plant from Fujitsu so they own 100%.

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Yeah, it's been posted before, Here.

and here (link) (and again (link) )

with a few more updates, given that the information is VERY out of date.

J.

Keep in mind this information is from 2004:

(link)

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Who Makes What? Plasma TVs

Reviewer: Phil Connor

Review Date: June 2004

Copyright © 2004 PlasmaTVBuyingGuide.com. All Rights Reserved.

There are only a handful of major plasma display element (i.e. plasma glass) manufacturers in the world. There is always talk and hype about who makes what in the Plasma TV/Monitor industry (as well as LCD and Projectors). Many manufacturers buy their plasma display elements from an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). Just to set the story straighter on a few products please see the following notes on which manufacturers make what parts: Just to set the story straighter, here is a run-down of which manufacturer makes which parts.

THE MAJOR MANUFACTURERS

NEC - NEC is an OEM manufacturer, so NEC brand monitors are made completely by NEC. NEC has its own plasma screen glass factory and uses its own processing boards and chips. NEC's glass and plasma manufacturing facilities were recently acquired by Pioneer - however it's marketing arm remains intact.

Panasonic - Panasonic owns its glass manufacturing facilities (Osaka, Japan) as well as engineering its own internal components.

Fujitsu - Fujitsu owns 50% of a plasma screen glass factory with Hitachi in Kyushu, Japan. Though Fujitsu buys some of the internal components (chipsets), it produces most of the internal component boards for its 42" plasma TVs. Uses a variety of other manufacturers glass in their screens - eg panasonic. Their manufacturing is now 100% sold to hitachi

Pioneer - Pioneer owns its own plasma screen glass plant and produces most all boards and chips internalized in the plasma monitor. They make all of their own equipment, save for the 4030 and 5030 HD multimedia box, which is made by Sharp. LOL - now up to model 507 !!!

Sony - Sony makes their own boards and chips but uses a variety of manufacturers for its plasma glass. Sony no longer sells plasma

Hitachi - Hitachi owns 50 100% of plasma screen factory (previously Fujitsu partner). Hitachi makes its own internal components.

Samsung - Large Korean manufacturer makes its own glass and internal components

LG - Another large Korean manufacturer making its own glass and internal components.

THE SECONDARY MANUFACTURERS

Toshiba - Toshiba rebadges Panasonic's screens and internal processing components. ?? now use LG - And I am not sure if they even still sell them

Sharp - While Sharp makes some changes to internal components, their plasma TVs are essential repackaged Pioneers. Sharp no longer sells plasma

Runco - Runco's 50" plasma display comes from Pioneer and its 42" plasma display comes from NEC, though Runco may make some modifications to both displays.

Marantz - NEC is the OEM for Marantz's 42", 50", and 61" plasma monitors.

ViewSonic - The OEM of ViewSonic's 50" plasma screen is Pioneer. The OEM for its 42" plasma screen is more than likely a Hitachi.

Gateway - Gateway's 42" and 50" plasma TVs (both the regular and Ultra Bright models) are re-badged Sampo displays. For the 46" they use BenQ as the OEM.

Philips - Philips uses Fujitsu/ Hitachi glass screen and most internal components as well. However, Philips makes its own bezel with built in speakers.

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the plasma that was sold at big w aq couple of years ago branded AWA is in fact a Samsung rebadged DECTRON rebadged AWA. it only has a Decktron tuner

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The key ingredient people forgot to mention is its really a moot point. Glass is glass. Its the chips and systems inside that make a Plasma good or bad. Although having said that I firmly believe anybody who buys a Marantz plasma is an IDIOT.

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The key ingredient people forgot to mention is its really a moot point. Glass is glass. Its the chips and systems inside that make a Plasma good or bad. Although having said that I firmly believe anybody who buys a Marantz plasma is an IDIOT.

Hi Angelus!

You are 100% correct. I don't think the glass makes any different and the component is the main engine. For example panasonic glass or panels use by fujitsu plasma,however fujitsu never had problems like panasonic having purple snake or fujitsu doesn;t have the real black as panasonic. Glass may important interms of pixels and resolutions.

Thanks.

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