TOKYO, June 4 Japan's Sanyo Electric Co
6764.T is in talks with several suppliers, including a
Taiwanese firm, to procure solar cells, as it aims to widen its
product offerings in the growing market, the Nikkei business
daily reported on Friday.
The Nikkei said Sharp Corp (6753.T) is also stepping up
purchases from outsiders and plans to procure more cells mainly
from overseas suppliers.
Japanese solar cell makers are increasingly tapping outside
makers in order to curb investment for commodity-grade products
and focus more on developing cutting-edge items, the paper
Sanyo, majority owned by Panasonic Corp (6752.T), will be
selling solar cells it procures under its own brand, the paper
(Reporting by Sachi Izumi, editing by Leslie Gevirtz)