- Sanyo Electric Co. says robust demand for liquid crystal displays used in consumer electronics may push its LCD business into a profit during the fiscal second half, but the yen's strength may frustrate that goal. For the year to March, Sanyo Electric forecasts an overall group net profit of 25.5 billion $233.2 million.
- Ebara Corp. has developed a vacuum pump that the company says can displace 50,000 liters of air a minute, almost 70% over existing pump capacity. The high-performance pump is suitable for use in the manufacturing of large LCDs that is expected to start on a full-scale basis next year. Ebara...