Sharp Corporation is a Japanese company that develops and produces electronic devices. By the spring of 2014 it worked for more than fifty thousand people worldwide. Her name was borrowed from the first invention of the company's founder - the mechanical pencil Ever-Sharp. Earlier, Sharp Corporation was also the fifth largest TV manufacturer in the world - after Samsung, LG and Panasonic.
Very good reviews received model GX29, although it is not too different from other mobile devices Sharp's that time. Phone appeared in 2006 and became a device for Vodafone. It was a thin clamshell with a 1.9-inch diagonal display and supports GSM. The manufacturer also provided an external monochrome display. In the autumn of 2014 the company announced that the Slovak company UMC Electronics is going to buy her an exclusive license of the brand, as well as its audiobiznes and the Polish factory. In turn, Sharp will support the design and development of the television business by UMC Sharp brand. Then Sharp announced an agreement with Vestel in Europe that Vestel will sell home appliances under the brand Sharp (refrigerators and microwave ovens, manufactured in China and Thailand). The remaining business is in Europe, Sharp will focus on the business sector, as well as multifunction printers and energy solutions. Unfortunately, not all of Sharp's history went so smoothly - in particular, it has repeatedly accuses of violating antitrust laws. In autumn 2008 the Ministry of Justice announced that Sharp agreed to pay a criminal fine of $ 120 million. According to the indictment, the company participated in a conspiracy to fix the price of TFT-LCD panels for computer monitors and Dell laptops (2001-2005), Motorola phones the Razr (2005-2006) and iPod from Apple (2005-2006). In the winter of that year, the Japanese Trade Commission led Sharp to pay a criminal fine of $ 3 million. For participating in a conspiracy to hold the price of LCD panels for the Nintendo.
In the winter of 2011, Sharp fell to 11th place at the best Greenpeace Guide electronics, including 15 electronics manufacturers in accordance with their practices and policies to reduce the impact on the climate and the production of environmentally friendly products. The environmental performance of corporations Greenpeace were summarized as follows: «Sharp supports a new law on renewable energy in Japan, but has a low sustainability performance of its operations." According to the criteria, the company received Food 3/10, which was recognized for the energy efficiency of its products with the latest Energy Star standard. In addition, it was said to reduce CO2 emissions by 2% per unit of output compared with the previous year, although a clear landmark still has not been set. Appreciation was expressed for public support for clean energy after the Japanese government held a promotion of increased use of renewable energy sources. According to some criteria Sharp scored the fewest points - in particular, due to the fact that not enough attention was paid to the chemicals and do not have any obligation to phase out hazardous substances. It was also noted that the company has not taken the initiative to solve the problem of conflict minerals and the paper received from the vendor, thereby taking an indirect part in illegal logging. Sharp has been the main sponsor of the "Manchester United" football club from 1983 to 2000, and it was one of the most profitable and long sponsorship deals in English football history. For seventeen years, Sharp logo was in the "United" clothes, and during that time the team won seven Premier Leagues, five FA Cups, one Football League Cup, one Cup Winners' Cup and one European Cup. In the summer of 2012, the company also got in the list of sponsors of cycling teams UCI World Tour, which became known in this regard, as the Garmin-Sharp.