Times of India — TOKYO: Japanese electronics giant Panasonic on Thursday said it will stop making lithium-ion batteries at its factory in Beijing this month, cutting 1,300 jobs due to weak global demand for basic mobile phones and digital cameras. Employees were informed in late July of the planned closure of the 15-year-old factory, a company spokeswoman said. The plant produces batteries for simple mobile phones and digital cameras which have been overtaken by more sophisticated smartphones.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Japanese electronics corporation Panasonic’s India arm was looking to ramp up revenues via the handset business at a time when growth in different verticals of consumer durables have slowed down, a top company official said. The firm, which just did a business of Rs 700 crores last year from its handset business, is looking to close this year at Rs 2,000 crore.
Panasonic is opening up its software and patents on Internet of Things technologies along with contributing more to the AllSeen Alliance, a major group working on open source IoT devices and software. It has sided against making all patents open source, clearly protecting some of its more valuable ideas and software. Panasonic didn’t give a figure as to how many patents and software applications would be available for everyone to check.
Panasonic has launched the new ToughBook CF-54 mk1, a new laptop for the semi-rugged market. Announcing the laptop at a Leipzig event yesterday, Panasonic claimed it was going all-in on the semi-rugged market. Panasonic focused on bringing the ToughBook to new markets like insurance, government, military and outdoor work. The new adjustments to the ToughBook make it more usable in the field,. It’s got a handle to carry the laptop around and the 50 percent size reduction makes it a less bulky bundle.
Panasonic Solutions Expo opened today at the Sofitel Hotel; the first big scale, centralised showcase of the company’s full suite of technology, business-to-consumer (B2C) products and business-to-business (B2B) solutions for the Cambodia market. The Expo spans across six experiential booths – Corporate Branding, Residential, Energy Solutions, Hotel, Education and Store – to bring about ‘A Better Life, A Better World’ for consumers and business partners.
Japanese electronics company Panasonic reportedly plans to move its digital camera manufacturing from Japan to China in spring of 2015. The company’s production lines in Fukushima, Japan, will stop operation. The Fukushima plant has an annual output of 1.5 million digital cameras, which is about half of the global sales of Panasonic.
Although only a prototype, the new player could soon solve the problem of finding and watching native content on ultra-high definition television sets. Panasonic claims that the new technology is a true breakthrough in that it represents the world’s first capable of supporting playback at 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and at 60 frames a second and as such is a major step towards simplifying how consumers watch 4K Ultra HD content in their homes.
Mobile broadband provider Nokia Networks said today that it has completed the acquisition of a part of the wireless network business of Panasonic System Networks (PSN) in Japan. According to a media statement, this acquisition includes the transfer of fixed assets, employees and relevant contracts from Panasonic to Nokia Networks. The agreement also covers Panasonic’s mobile phone wireless base station system business for mobile operators and related wireless equipment system business.
SINGAPORE: Panasonic Asia Pacific announced on Monday (Jan 5) its acquisition of RFNet Technologies, a Singapore-based custom wireless, surveillance and networking solution company. Panasonic will own 51.9 per cent of the company once the acquisition is completed by the middle of January, although terms of the transaction were not disclosed, the company’s press release stated. The acquisition of RFNet will expand the commercial Wi-Fi network business in Asia for Panasonic.
As utopias go, Panasonic’s new smart town works if you’re keen to be green and don’t mind a heavy corporate presence. On Thursday, the electronics maker inaugurated the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (SST), a subdivision southwest of Tokyo focused on solar power and other environmentally friendly technologies.
Eyeing the budget smartphone market in India, Panasonic has launched a budget Android smartphone named T9. Available online for just ₹3,750, T9 is perhaps the cheapest phone offered by any multi-national phone brand in India. Measuring 179×63.7×10.1mm, T9 sports a 3.5-inch HVGA LCD display with 320×480 resolution and the device looks decent online. Powered by a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor and 512MB RAM, the phone also offers 4GB of storage on-board. Impressively, it also comes with Android KitKat 4.4 operating system.
The Panasonic Toughpad series is quite known for their rugged build quality and whopping price. Usually made for extreme natural conditions, Toughpad series already has a number of notebook computers and tablet devices. Recently, Panasonic has added a new member to this family, Toughpad FZ-B2, a 7-inch Android based tablet described as the perfect companion for mobile workers with a long battery life, daylight clear display and with flexible configuration options.
Acer reportedly is cooperating with Panasonic to develop a battery management system for its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) platform for Internet of Things (IoT) business opportunities, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Acer declined to comment. Acer is looking to integrate its BYOC platform into Panasonic’s battery management system and offer the solution to electric vehicle vendors. Panasonic provides batteries to EV vendors including Tesla.
TOKYO: Robot porters and wearable translation devices are just some of the innovations Panasonic Corp would like to launch for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, an event it hopes will earn it at least US$1.5bil (RM4.81bil). As one of the top sponsors of the Games since 1988, Panasonic has mainly supplied TV screens to host venues. But with the event coming home, Panasonic sees the Olympics-related technology and infrastructure contracts up for grabs as an opportunity to expand its other businesses as it seeks to reduce its reliance on the highly competitive consumer electronics segment.
Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific (Panasonic) announced today its pilot commercial supply of locally-harvested vegetables to Japanese restaurant, Ootoya. The premium Japanese crop varieties, mini red radish; red leafy lettuce; and mizuna (potherb mustard) are cultivated in the country’s first licensed indoor vegetable farm with controlled and optimised conditions. In land scarce Singapore where only 8% of vegetables consumed are grown in local farms*, Panasonic aims to contribute to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority’s (AVA) vision of raising self-sufficiency level for leafy vegetables through its technology and harvest.
Panasonic Corp will initially invest around 20-30 billion Yen ($200-300 million) in Tesla Motors for producing lithium-ion battery used in electric vehicles.Tesla Motors is a US based electric car manufacturer and Japan’s Panasonic has been supplying batteries for the electric car maker for years.
Panasonic has sent out invites to media for an event on July 30, hinting that it will launch Eluga range of smartphones in India. So far, the company has offered its P and T range of Android smartphones, but the Eluga brand name has been associated with its flagship offerings. Last month Panasonic had teased the impeding launch of the Eluga range of smartphones. Interestingly, Panasonic has stopped making Eluga smartphones in its home country Japan so the India launch is sort of a revival for the brand.
More than a year after announcing plans to combine their struggling system chip operations, Fujitsu and Panasonicare finally launching their new merged company with the help of Japanese government money. The firms said Wednesday the state-owned Development Bank of Japan has agreed to invest up to Y20 billion ($195 million) in the new company, combined with a Y10 billion loan. Fujitsu and the DBJ will hold 40% of the voting rights in the merged entity while Panasonic will hold 20%.