Sony to phase out CRT TVs, focus more on LCDs

Sony to phase out CRT TVs, focus more on LCDs
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First Published: Wed, May 13 2009. 05 16 PM IST
Updated: Wed, May 13 2009. 05 16 PM IST
New Delhi: Shifting its focus to LCDs, Japanese electronic major Sony plans to phase out cathode ray tube (CRT TVs) and would invest Rs60 crore as promotional expense for its new range ‘Bravia’ in 2009-10 which was launched Wednesday.
The company has already stopped production of CRT TVs and is in the process of exhausting the stock with dealers.
“On last Diwali, we took the decision to stop production of CRT TVs and now, as Sony is focusing more on LCD screens, it will soon completely exit the CRT segment,” Sony India managing director Masaru Tamagawa said.
When asked about investments, Tamagawa said the company will invest Rs60 crore in the current fiscal as marketing expense for ‘Bravia’ range. The new range of LCDs in India is priced in the range of Rs16,000 to Rs2.99 lakhs.
The company is targeting a sales volume of 4.5 lakh units in the current fiscal, an increase of more than 60% as compared to 2.80 lakh units in the last fiscal.
“LCD accounted for 21% of our television sales in 2008-09 fiscal, and it is expected that in the current fiscal it would account for 57% of our total sales in India. Soon it would completely replace CRT segment,” he said.
The company, however, declined to provide any details about the revenue projections and its earning in the last fiscal. It merely said Bravia range accounts for 30% of its total earning in India.
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First Published: Wed, May 13 2009. 05 16 PM IST
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