A senior executive of Pioneer Electronics has confirmed that Pioneer will sell sell LCD TVs soon. He has also said that Pioneer is now doing well and that its new relationship with Sharp will lead to the roll out of several new Pioneer branded products.
Sharp’s investment in Pioneer is about new technology and engineering development and is not shared infrastructure or corporate operations, according to Tom Haga, chairman/CEO of Pioneer Electronics for the USA.
Speaking to TWICE Magazine in the USA Haga said Pioneer and Sharp have “a long history together” with Pioneer buying parts and components from its new investor. “It is difficult today to have one company develop technology … and do everything. In thinking for the future [Pioneer] knew this.”
And Haga observed, “Plasma and LCD are today’s [flat-screen] technologies, but there will be others in the future.” He added that Pioneer, or any one CE manufacturer, “can’t come up with everything on its own … to successfully support our dealers.”
While there was much talk in the original announcement about cooperation between the two companies in a variety of product categories, Haga noted, “Since we have shook hands [on the agreement] we do have a chance to sell [small-screen] LCDs, but we do not have a clear product program yet. It will take three or four months to set it up” and could include flat-panel TV, DVD, Blu-ray and other categories.
“The marketing philosophy of Pioneer, and Kuro for that matter, is that “we try not to just sell TVs. We sell a package, a brand, and it takes a long time to create a premium brand. Our strategy with our technology is to sell an experience ‘ to sell home theater, audio and video systems, and provide quality products for our [retail] customers and consumers.”
Haga said that Pioneer’s operations are doing well and that for the upcoming fourth quarter, “We see a strong Christmas season and plan no changes. Kuro started shipping Sept. 1 and we have heard good things from our dealers. We expect a good season.”