Originally Posted by RandyWalters
There are a handful of assembly plants scattered around the planet, so the country that it was assembled in depends solely on the country that the TV was sold in. The actual parts are manufactured in Japan then shipped in kit form to those various assembly plants so the parts are all the same, they're just assembled into TVs at a local plant.
All North American continent units are assembled in Mexico.
I saw a list of plants once but it was a long time ago and can't remember where the other plants are, but i think the European models are assembled in Czechoslovakia and the Asian market units are assembled in Malaysia. I also think they assemble some units in China, and they initially had plans to open a large Plasma assembly plant there but reduced demand for TVs caused them to scrap that plan and continue with the current plants.
Can I add my two bobs worth to this question (old aussie slang for adding to a discussion)
In this day and age people believe Japan is better for manufactured electronics but I believe it’s irrelevant as my little list of major electrical purchases over the last few years’ shows
TH-50PZ700A made in Japan........needed a new PCB fitted (at home) within the first month (1/6 th of the screen would go black from time to time, top R/H corner) perfect since
TH-P42S20A made in Malaysia............ Bought for Mother in law....no issues
TH-P42GT30A made in Malaysia........... No issues
Denon AVR 2312 made in China.......... New HDMI board fitted within the first month, perfect since
Denon AVR4311 made in Japan.............No issues
TH-P60ST50A made in Malaysia........... Just purchased, strange issue as posted. But maybe as I’m not used to a large screen?
Just a side note, I have and old Panasonic widescreen CRT TX76PW300A(the 76 stands for the screen size in cm’s) that was made by Panasonic Australia with some imported parts that lives in the garage now but still works a treat. Best picture but at 75Kg’s, cabinet depth and screen uniformity issues killed them!