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Sharp to spin off semiconductor business

The Japan Times

OSAKA - Electronics maker Sharp Corp. has said it will spin off its semiconductor business, possibly in April 2019. The move is aimed at establishing a structure that enables prompt management decisions and the active introduction of outside resources through tie-ups with other firms. Sharp will set up two wholly owned subsidiaries that will absorb the semiconductor-related operations to be spun off, the company said Wednesday. One of the two units will focus on semiconductors and sensors and the other on semiconductor lasers. Sharp Chairman and President Tai Jeng-wu told reporters that the company's management resources are limited in the field of semiconductors so he wants to tap overseas and domestic resources, showing eagerness to forge alliances with other firms including Sharp's parent, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. of Taiwan.

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Hemlock Semiconductor Plans Job Cuts Amid Industry Changes

U.S. News

Hemlock Semiconductor announced the planned cuts on Wednesday and said employees would be notified in the coming weeks. The company says it's focused on sustaining its place as a leader in providing polysilicon to the electronics and solar industries.