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Sharp Electronics

Sharp Corporation is a Japan-based electronics manufacturer, founded in 1912. It takes its name from one of its first inventions, the Ever Sharp propelling pencil.

It introduced the world's first all-transistor desktop calculator in 1964, and the first LCD calculator in 1973. Core technologies are solar panels, audio-visual entertainment equipment, office copiers, LCD displays and Flash memory. Recent products include the ViewCam, the Ultra-Lite notebook PC and the Zaurus personal digital assistant.

Net sales for the year 2001/2 were 9547m. The Corporation employs 57,500 staff, of which nearly half are employed outside Japan. It operates from 64 bases in 30 countries and its products are distributed to 164 countries worldwide.