Japan's Panasonic to end solar panel production - domestic media

In the future, Panasonic will source solar panels from other manufacturers

  
Solar panels are seen at a solar power facility in Nakai town, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, March 1, 2016.Image used for illustrative purpose.

Solar panels are seen at a solar power facility in Nakai town, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, March 1, 2016.Image used for illustrative purpose.

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TOKYO - Japan's Panasonic Corp will cease production of its own solar panels, national broadcaster NHK and the Nikkei newspaper reported on Sunday, reporting that the company's decision was due to increasing price competition from Chinese manufacturers.

The Nikkei reported that the company will end manufacturing of solar cells and panels as early as March at factories in Malaysia and Japan's Shimane prefecture.

In the future, Panasonic will source solar panels from other manufacturers, both the NHK and Nikkei said.

Reuters was not immediately able to reach a Panasonic representative for comment.

(Reporting by Mari Saito; Editing by Raju Goplakrishnan) ((Mari.Saito@thomsonreuters.com;))


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