Sony to stop making consumer monitors
One of the world's best-known monitor manufacturers will soon pull out of the consumer monitor market altogether. Heise Online reports that Sony has now stopped marketing monitors in North America and Japan, and that the company intends to ship its last monitors to "specialized dealers" in Europe in December. Slim profit margins and low growth rates for Sony's LCD monitor business have pushed the company to forsake the consumer monitor segment, but it will continue to make professional displays for customers in fields like broadcasting, medical technology, and video surveillance. Sony was the world's 10th largest monitor manufacturer last year, having sold 100-110 million LCDs worldwide. That figure is expected to hit 130 million this year.