Panasonic to Display Its Pioneering Lead-Free Plasma Display Panels at ENVIRONMENT 2007 in Abu Dhabi


Panasonic, the leading global manufacturer of consumer electronics, has announced that it will showcase its range of lead-free Plasma Display Panels (PDP), the central picture component of plasma TV's and modules, at ENVIRONMENT 2007, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region's leading environmental exhibition and conference, that will be held from January 28-31, at the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Center.

Panasonic is the world's first company to offer lead-free PDPs, and during the past twelve months, the company has invested in advanced technology to replace the use of lead oxide glass products, commonly used in television products. Every Panasonic plasma TV in 2006 was made with lead-free panels as the company focussed on introducing environmentally friendly solutions at every PDP manufacturing plant.

Seiji Koyanagi, Managing Director, Panasonic Marketing Middle East, said, "We are eager to participate in ENVIRONMENT 2007 and demonstrate our commitment to environmental protection and conservation. Since several decades Panasonic has shown a deep-rooted commitment to the environment and we have been focused on manufacturing high quality products that have minimal detrimental affects on the environment."

In addition to lead elimination, Panasonic has also recently launched a number of initiatives aimed at reducing the company's environmental impact during the manufacture of its advanced technology products. These include reducing packaging, improving transportation efficiency and making improvements to product development and design such as a reduction in components and CO2 emissions per unit. Furthermore, reduced energy consumption, the use of natural energy sources such as alternative energy generation and tracking waste disposal using GPS and video information are additional measures Panasonic has introduced to consolidate it's position as an environmentally friendly company.

At ENVIRONMENT 2007, Panasonic will also showcase its state-of-the-art cooling device for radio base stations. The device, which is known for its low power consumption and low noise, also does not use freon gas, making it extremely environment friendly.

"We look forward to using the reach of ENVIRONMENT 2007 to promote the development of 'Green products' that feature high efficiency, while at the same time carry out the '3Rs' - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle resources," said Koyanagi.

The ENVIRONMENT 2007 Exhibition & Conference will target over 375 exhibitors from around the world. The event will be the fourth in the series of exhibitions and conferences since the event was first initiated in 2001. The previous edition, ENVIRONMENT 2005, was a huge success and attracted 338 exhibitors, from 41 countries. Over 10,000 visitors attended the show with the conference sessions attracting over 1000 delegates.

Note:
Best known by its Panasonic brand name, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of US$76.02 billion for the year ended March 31, 2006. The company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:MC) stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company's website at panasonic.net. Panasonic Gulf FZE (PGF) is MEI's first subsidiary company in the Middle East, followed by Panasonic Marketing Middle East FZE (PMM), which is the regional marketing headquarters of MEI for operations in the Middle East and African countries.

For further information, please contact:
Ajit Nair
Corporate Communications Department
Panasonic Marketing Middle East FZE
P.O.Box 17985, Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE
Tel: +971 4 8819880
Fax: +971 4 8814311
Web site: panasonic.co.ae

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