The era of the plasma TV is set to come to a close, with the last major new unit of the flat-but-not-completely-flat screen viewing platform set to roll off the production line on 30 November.
The company responsible will be South Korean technology giants LG, who are the last big-name company to be involved in this market, but not for much longer, as they look to cease operations on plasma screens, ending a 15-year stay in that subsector.
LG are now reportedly planning to focus their TV-producing operations on LED and higher-quality OLED TV machines in a bid to better compete with local rival Samsung, and whilst they have been doing that for years, it now appears to be an official concentrated focus, with the staff tasked with plasma production presumably now freed up to help build and sell the newer methods.
The company had put their plasma TV operations into suspension in August in order to come up with an ‘exit strategy’, and they now have one that they are putting into practice, leaving Chinese company Changhong Electric Co. as the sole remaining plasma TV makers in the world, though industry experts explain that people wanting to buy will not have good luck in doing so outside of China, and that Changhong too are likely to move on completely from the plasma age by 2017.
Having existed in plasma TV production since 1999, after Japanese company Fujitsu’s first commercial effort in the industry in 1995, LG’s tenure in the once-premium industry will now be consigned to the history books like the product type, so an old high mark for TV quality disappears, how long will it be before a new technology pushes LED to a similar fate?