Panasonic poised to withdraw from solar cell production at Tesla's NY plant - sources
TOKYO/LOS ANGELES - Japan's Panasonic Corp <6752.T> is considering pulling out of solar cell production at Tesla Inc's <TSLA.O> plant in New York, said people with direct knowledge of the matter, raising uncertainty over the U.S. firm's struggling solar business.
The move would come as the Japanese electronics company scrambles to divest of unprofitable businesses as its strategic shift to components from consumer electronics struggles to drive profit growth.
Panasonic will retain its automotive battery joint venture with the U.S. electric vehicle maker in the U.S. state of Nevada, which just reported its first quarterly profit after years of production troubles and delays, one of the people said.……
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