EIH expects a small increase in revenues this quarter as demand for e-readers and ESLs increase

E Ink Holdings say that demand for e-readers and electronic shelf labels improved in the last quarter, and the company expects a small growth in revenues. EIH says that Coronavirus outbreak is having only a minor impact on its operations.

In fact, EIH already said earlier this month that remote work and school projects are increasing demand for e-notebooks, and now the company says that the outbreak also increases demand for e-readers, ESLs and medical devices, especially in China. The company does see a slowdown in actual installations of ESLs projects in Europe and US where cities are in lockdown.

EIH: the Coronavirus outbreak increases demand for e-notebooks displays

E Ink Holdings (EIH) says it sees high demand for e-notebook displays, as these devices are increasing in popularity for smart online teaching applications - especially as the coronavirus outbreak spreads.

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Digitimes reports that companies in China are launching new e-notebook solutions, as China's education ministry is promoting smart remote teaching as on-site classes are being suspended.

E Ink announces a new color ePaper technology called Printed Color E Ink

E Ink announced a new color e-paper technology, which they call Print-Color E Ink, which is intended for the smart education and retail markets. It can also be used in e-readers or e-notebooks, though.

E Ink Printed Color ePaper prototype photo

E Ink did not provide much details, but says that Print-Color E Ink panels are produced on plastic substrates and are utilizing a different technology than E Ink Advanced-Color ePaper (AcEP) - which seems to be of higher quality and as such targets different applications. The company is working with partners to "launch color electronic paper application products as soon as possible".

RyPax and E Ink collaborate to develop pharmaceutical e-paper packaging

Molded fiber packaging specialist RyPax Wing Fat announced that it will showcase sustainable packaging prototypes for pharmaceutical applications. These smart packaging solutions adopt small E Ink displays.

RyPax Wing Fat Work E Ink pharmaceutical packaging prototype photo

Smart packaging helps consumers to authenticate products, while giving easier access to product information. RyPax will roll out these new e-paper packaging solutions to their pharmaceutical and electronics clients as soon as next quarter.

EIH sees new color ACeP e-readers to arrive in 2020

E Ink Holdings (EIH) says that it plans to expand its Advanced Color ePaper (ACeP) e-paper production to more sizes and start offering such displays to e-readers in 2020. The company also hopes to find customers in fields such as retailing, smart traffic, logistics, medical care and education.

ACeP color E Ink at SID 2016

In May 2019 EIH started to produce 26" color ACeP displays. The display supports a refresh rate that is lower than 3 seconds (similar to EIH's first 13" ACeP display).

EIH developed OTFT e-paper displays in collaboration with AU Optronics

E Ink Holdings announced that it developed e-paper displays driven by OTFT backplanes - aimed for wearable and smart clothing applications. EIH is developing the OFTF backplanes in collaboration with AU Optronics.

EIH says that OTFT can reduce production costs as it can be produced at low temperatures and perhaps even using printing technologies. OTFT can also enable highly flexible displays. EIH will demonstrate OTFT EPD displays late this week at Touch Taiwan 2019.

E Ink Holdings lowers its 2019 revenue guidance as demand for e-readers in the US declines

E Ink Holdings Inc has lowered its 2019 revenue forecast, saying that revenues are expected to be 10% lower than in 2018 EIH says that the US-China trade ware has lowered demand for e-readers and e-notebooks in the US.

E-readers and e-notebooks amount to around 70% of EIH's revenues. The company is still optimistic about the electronic shelf label (ELS) market, and its shipments to that market are expected to grow 20-30% from 2018.

E Ink announces its JustPrintIt rewritable digital display medium

In 2017 HP announced its IonTouch system which enables cheap and easy "paperless" printing on small E Ink Cards. Fast forward to 2019, and now E Ink announced a new technology called JustPrintIt, which is based (and licensed) on HP's IoNTouch.

E Ink JustPrintIt photo

The JustPrintIt system is a "rewritable, digital, electronics-free display medium" that E Ink hopes to get adopted in smart office, transportation, retail, healthcare and IoT applications. Possible usage cases include ID badges, gift cards, loyalty cards, packaging, healthcare and public transportation cards.

Landmark Hospitals launched E Ink based patient and room information displays

E Ink announced that Landmark Hospitals of Florida has launched e-paper based patient and room information displays.

The patient information display (PID) and the room information display (RID) was developed by DCI, a Foxconn Health Technology Business Group Company. The E Ink displays will replace handwritten whiteboards with low-power and highly-readable displays that pull essential information from the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to clinical staff and patients areas, ensuring accurate communication and information exchange.

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