Very few Plasma
tv manufacturers actually make their own plasma tv. Most use a system called
rebadging. Basically they buy from a Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM),
claim to have a secret extra special feature then stick a new sticker on it
and bill you thousands extra for the sticker. If you really want to pay thousands
for a sticker please call our sales dept and we will sell you a sticker with
our website logo for much less then the couple thousand you will pay Fujitsu
THE MAJOR MANUFACTURERS
NEC - Nec
is a OEM manufacturer, The company's plan is to supply industrial unit under
the NEC name and supply home units thru rebadges such as Marantz and RCA
Panasonic - Makes the complete units, Supplies Toshiba, JVC, Fujitsu and more
Pioneer - Makes all of there own equipment and sells OEM to Sharp Note: The 5030 and
4030 HD multtimedia box is made by Sharp
Fujitsu - Only makes their own 42 inch in partnership with Hitachi . 50 and 61 inch
Fujitsu Plasmas are Panasonic and NEC but the 42 inch are their own. Note
Hitachi plasma screens are identical to Fujitsu and cost thousands less
Sony - Makes
their own boards and chips but uses Fujitsu/ Hitachi plasma screen glass.
Hitachi - Owns 50% of plasma screen factory with Fujitsu. Makes own internal components.
Philips - Uses Fujitsu/ Hitachi glass screen and most internal components as well.
However, Philips makes its own bezel with built in speakers.
LG / Zenith - Make their own glass in Korea
Samsung - Makes its own components in Korea
THE SECONDARY MANUFACTURERS
RCA/ Thompson - Partners with NEC to OEM its product. Just a NEC with a new bezel.
JVC - 50
inch is Panasonic, 42 is NEC
Toshiba - OEM from Panasonic.
OEM product through Pioneer for 50" and 42 though they may make some
internal component changes .
OEM 50" from Pioneer and 42" from NEC,
Marantz - OEM 42" plasma monitor from NEC.
Viewsonic - OEM 50" plasma screen from Pioneer ( old 502 ).
42v3 is old Fujitsu, 42v6 is Samsung Plasma