Japanese display maker Sharp (shcay, -2.82%) may start building a $7 billion plant in the United States in the first half of 2017, taking the lead on a project initially outlined by its Taiwanese parent Foxconn, a person with knowledge of the plan said.
A decision by Foxconn to give Sharp the lead would come as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to travel to the United States to meet U.S. President Donald Trump, who in his inauguration speech vowed to put “America first.”
In a package Tokyo hopes will please Trump, Abe will unveil investments to create as many as 700,000 U.S. jobs, people familiar with the matter told Reuters earlier.
“The investment will be by a Japanese consortium that will also include manufacturing equipment makers,” said the person, who was not authorized to speak with media and so declined to be identified.
A spokesman for Sharp said no decision on building a plant had been made. Foxconn, formally Hon Hai Precision Industry, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.