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Switch screen supplier facing some financial issues

Posted on August 9, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

It’s troubling times for Japan Display Inc. having suffered a net loss of 31.5 billion yen this past financial quarter. The company could be forced to partner with a Chinese or Taiwanese entity if it intends to survive, and 3,700 people will be laid off – or 30 percent of its total workforce. That’s significant in the Nintendo scene as Japan Display is the sole supplier for Switch screens.

Takashi Mochizuki, who wrote about the news for WSJ, says that Japan Display’s business with Nintendo isn’t that big since Switch uses cheaper panels. The number of Switch units produced is also much lower than the amount of screens created for Apple products. A notable part of Japan Display’s troubles have come about due to Apple moving away from liquid crystal displays in favor of OLED screens.

It’s not entirely clear how this news will impact Nintendo and Switch, if at all. We’ll keep an eye on the situation going forward.


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  • MrCafecito

    Well, Nintendo better find anothet screen supplier or else the Switch will continue to be scarce indefinitel

    • Fore

      Here’s hoping to Nintendo finding a way.

  • paul_cus

    That’s no good

  • Stefan51278

    Should be easy to find a screen supplier when Apple pulls out of this screen technology with a volume over 200 million screens yearly.

  • Exy

    It’s probably good for Nintendo that they have publicly known scapegoats for issues like this.

  • awng782

    The shortage of NAND flash memory chips is what is hurting Switch supply the most at the moment. Nintendo should be fine with the current supply of IPS displays.

  • JasonBall

    Just buy them out

    • Tlink7

      I’m not sure that’s a smart idea 😛

    • RoadyMike

      Yes,buy a sinking ship. Best idea ever

      • JasonBall

        I mean, they’d have the factories all to themselves right?

        • RoadyMike

          They’re already selling at a loss with more customers other than Nintendo, you want them to cripple themselves even further by basically making Nintnedo their only customer?
          Not only that, any loss from JD will be coming out of Nintndo’s wallet. If losses like this were to continue after Nintendo’s acquisition, not even Nintendo would survive for long

          • JasonBall

            Okay… When you put it that way, yeah, it would be pretty dumb. My bad.

          • RoadyMike

            I mean, I know where you’re coming from. On paper it looks like a sound idea, buy the supplier/manufacturer since they’ve probably lost a lot of their value and Nintendo has money as well as the demand. We get our own screen manufacturers! Now we won’t have to worry about supply issues! Right?

            But companies/businesses aren’t that simple, sadly. It takes a lot of analyzing to understand just what the heck is going on and even more to know just what the hell to do next. If Nintendo keeps pouring in water to a bucket with a hole in it, they’ll run out of water themselves.

            I just hope they can get some other screen manufacturer/supplier or else the Switch will see even more shortage issues. Then the problem will be Nintendo not making money because they can’t make the darn things to actually sell

          • JasonBall

            That all makes good sense. Thanks for helping me out.

  • Well, I’m sure they were aware of the news before we were, and Kimishima is the kind of guy that can find a way to resolve these kind of problems I bet.

  • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

    Screen suppliers are every where but I hope you survive Japan Display Inc, you have done well in the past, but it is time to start making OLED display already

  • MoYeung

    Switch uses cheaper panel … Ouch!

    • Dumdum

      Yeah, and the panels still look good, even then. Were you supposed to be making a dig at Nintendo?

      • MoYeung

        You are thinking too much, man. Although it is a common problem for folks here…