Sony Corp will likely invest more than 100 billion yen ($1.05 billion) in a liquid crystal display TV panel joint venture to be formed with Sharp Corp, the Nikkei business daily reported on Friday.
Sony and Sharp have been in talks to set up a joint venture, with Sony to shoulder part of 380 billion yen to be invested in a Sharp LCD production facility in Sakai, Mie Prefecture, western Japan.
The two companies will likely finalize a deal by the end of July. The agreement was due to be completed last month but was postponed due to the economic downturn, the Nikkei said.
A subsidiary established by Sharp in April to manage the operation of a plant in Sakai will be converted into a joint venture by March next year, with Sony taking a 34 percent stake in it, the newspaper said.
Sony's investment will initially be 50-60 billion yen and will likely total more than 100 billion yen, the Nikkei said.
The Sakai plant will be the world's first LCD panel production facility capable of handling 10th-generation glass substrates, the largest available.
(Reporting by Koustav Samanta in Bangalore and Nathan Layne in Toyo; Editing by Michael Watson)