BMW unveils a concept car covered with E Ink Prism panels

BME has unveiled a new concept car, called the BMW iX Flow, which is covered with E Ink Prism panels that allows it to change colors from black to white:

BMW developed "intelligent design algorithms" that enables to create a dynamic flow when changing the colors. In addition to personalization, a variable exterior also contributes to the efficiency of the vehicle. By nature, a white exterior on hot days would reflect sunlight and conversely, a black exterior on cold days would absorb the sunlight. This could reduce the amount of energy the vehicle uses for heating and cooling the interior.

E Ink Holdings pledges to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040

E Ink Holdings announced that it aims to achieve Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2040. EIH has already been working for several years to reduce emissions, and has now announced a three phase plan to reach their new commitment.

The first phase will be to achieve 40% renewable energy by 2025. The second step is to achieve 100% renewable energy use by 2030. In addition to increasing the proportion of renewable energy use year over year, E Ink will also improve energy use efficiency and reduce the overall energy use and consumption of environmental resources in product development, manufacturing, and corporate operations.

EIH continues to enjoy high demand for ePaper displays, is fully booked for 2022

E Ink Holdings says that as demand for its displays grow, its customers have been willing to pay deposits to secure supply in 2022. The company is now fully booked for 2022.

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The company says it is in fact unable to meet the demand, and is trying to expedite its four new upcoming production lines. The first line, if all goes according to plan, will begin operation soon, and two other lines will start production in 2022. These three lines will more than double the company's capacity. The fourth new line will begin operation in 2023.

E Ink and TPV launch a 25.3" four-color Spectra E Ink displays

E Ink Holdings announced that it partnered with TPV Technology to launch the first 25.3" E Ink Spectra 3100 color display to the transportation and smart retail markets.

The new E Ink display features four-color technology, with black, white, red, and yellow pigments. When used as transportation signage for railways and buses, it can display alerts and reminders, schedules and changes or other notifications for travel. And when applied in the retail field, it can be used as Point-of-Purchase signage to promotion product information, with vivid reds and yellows to attract consumers' attention.

TÜV Rheinland awards E Ink's Kaleido Plus display with its new Paper Like Display certification

E Ink Holdings (EIH), announced that TÜV Rheinland Greater China has awarded its Kaleido Plus E Ink display with a "Paper Like Display" certification. This is the first display that receives TUVR's new certification.

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EIH and experts at TÜV Rheinland worked in collaboration for two years to develop a metric for evaluating specific optical indicators on reading comfort for paper-like display products. These parameters were then evaluated against reading comfort in conjunction with user experience to arrive at the Paper Similarity Index (PSI), aimed to help consumers select ePaper products that offer a high level of reading or visual comfort.

E Ink Holdings had to halt display production in its China factory due to a COVID breaktout

E Ink Holdings announced that the company had to halt ePaper production in its plant in Yangshou, China due to a COVID breakout in the city. The infections are now receding, and it seems as if the outbreak is under control.

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Even with this disruption, EIH believes that its 2021 net profit will increase from 2020. Its revenues in August, however, will be effected by the shutdown.

E Ink launches the world's first on-cell touch ePaper display

E Ink Holdings has launched an on-cell touch ePaper module, which it says is the world's first. EIH's on-cell touch technology can be applied to the company's E Ink Carta monochrome displays and its Kaleido Plus color displays.

E Ink Kaleido on-cell touch display photo

Most e-readers today add a touch layer onto the E Ink display. EIH says that the new technology will increase the contrast ratio by 30% compared to the standard added touch layer solution. For the Kaleido Plus displays, the on-cell will increase color contrast ratio by 40% and the color saturation by 15%. As an added bonus, the on-cell touch solution will be more cost effective and could help reduce eReader prices.

EIH sees higher demand for ePaper displays in 2021, is worried about component shortage

E Ink Holdings says that it is seeing high demand for ePaper displays and expects to see a growth in revenue in 2021. The company is worried though that the shortage in components may hurt its full potential.

E Ink eNote solution photo

EIH says that 2021 will be better than 2020, and it sees its performance in Q2 to be similar to its performance in Q1. The demand for E Ink's display is higher than what it can supply, and the company is building four new production lines to increase capacity.