For anyone that might be interested, this is an email I recieved today from an NEC PR
specialist regarding their plasma business and relationship to Pioneer...
To set the record straight: NEC has no plans to stop making plasmas and our warranties are rock solid.
Here is some background on our relationship with Pioneer:
Pioneer Corporation took over NEC's plasma manufacturing facility and research and development resources in Kagoshima, Japan in March 2004 to become one of the largest plasma display suppliers in the world. This acquisition didn't affect NEC's global branded plasma business. NEC has retained dedicated resources in Japan to continue the growth and future development of NEC-branded displays.
NEC customers and partners in the Americas continue to have access to the same superior plasma display technology, reliable service and responsive support for which NEC is renowned. NEC continues to focus on offering industry-leading plasma displays for both professional and home applications.
That is a good suggestion to have an NEC rep. visit the forum regularly. I'll talk to my bosses here and see what we can figure out.
Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Amanda M. Dvorchak
Public Relations Specialist
NEC Solutions (America), Inc.
Visual Systems Division