E Ink says shelf labels displays will outsell e-reader displays by area in 2018

E Ink Holdings' president, Johnson Lee, says that demand for electronic shelf labels (ESL) displays is high - and in 2018 the company expects ESL displays to surpass e-reader displays in terms of area shipments.

This is very good news for EIH as the e-reader market has stagnated for years - and it is rather surprising for many as we have all been used to consider e-readers to be the main market for e-paper displays.

E Ink Holdings reported an operating loss for Q1 2018

E Ink Holdings posted an operating loss of $8.8 million USD in Q1 2018, as it faces a slowdown in e-reader sales and as it increased its operating expenses by 14.3% (this includes the $30 million investment in SES-imageotag). E Ink says that this loss was in line with its expecations, as it knows e-reader vendors are now updating their models and shifting to larger screen sizes (larger than the current 6-inch models).

E Ink says it expects its results to improve in the current quarter, and it believes its 2018 results will be better than its 2017 results.

A tour of E Ink's booth at SID Displayweek

Here's a short video showing E Ink's booth at SID Displayweek 2018, where the company demonstrated its latest E Ink displays, devices and prototypes. Some of these displays looked very good, especially the new color panels!

E Ink had some very interesting displays in there - including the new medical patch developed with LTS, the high resolution (400 PPI and 600 PPI) E Ink developed together with JDI, a range of new writing pads (from Sony, ReMarkable and Onyx Boox), the GVIDO music stand display, plastic logic's OTFT-powered panels and E Ink's upcoming beautiful color e-paper displays.

E Ink invests 26 million Euro in digital price tags developer SES-imageotag

E Ink Holdings announced a strategic collaboration with SES-imagotag, a developer of digital price tags. As part of this collaboration, E Ink invested 26 million Euro in SES, as it aims to expand its presence int he retail IoT market.

E Ink and SES-imagotag have collaborated for years, and implemented E Ink's Tri-color Spectra displays into shelf labels. This new industrial and sales partnership aims to accelerate broader adoption of electronic paper in smart retail applications.

EIH sales rise 7.8% in Q3 to reach $158 million

E Ink Holdings (EIH) reported its financial results for Q3 2017, with revenues of $158.8 million (up 7.8% from Q3 2016 and 29.8% from Q2 2017) and a net profit of of $38.8 million.

Bookeen Saga photo

E Ink says that these excellent results were due to a sharp increase in e-reader and e-paper notebook sales and improvements in operation efficiency and production yields. E-reader and notebook sales accounted for 70% of EIH's revenues.

LTS to utilize E Ink's new low-voltage displays to develop a smart medical patch solution

E Ink Holdings and and LTS (Lohmann-Therapie Systeme) AG announced a partnership to co-develop an e-paper powered smart medical patch solution. The Transdermal Therapeutic System (TTS), which delivers medication to patients directly, features an E Ink display to display the statue of the delivery system.

E Ink and LTS smart patch prototype photo

The current prototype that has been developed use a 2-inch E Ink display, a switch and a pressure sensor. The display has several options, including a timer, corrector and reminder. E Ink says that this is the first application to use E Ink's new low-voltage film that uses 50-70% of the typical driving voltage for E Ink displays, and so can be used with a smaller battery than before.

E Ink Holdings reported 4-year high revenues in September 2017

E Ink Holdings reported its financial results for Q3 2017, saying that revenues are at a 4-year high due to sales of 7" e-paper displays for Amazon's latest Kindle Oasis. Revenues reached just over $56 million, up 3.3% from August and up 11.3% from September 2016.

Revenues for Q3 2017 reached $158 million, up 29.8% from Q2 2017 and up 7.8% from Q3 2016. E Ink says that its smart labels, smart card and e-reader displays are all growing fast since the beginning of 2017. The company expects its electronic shelf label sales to peak in the second half of 2017 with a year-on-year growth rate of 20-30% in 2017.

E Ink and Plastic Logic renew their strategic supply agreement

E Ink Holdings and Plastic Logic have renewed their Master Supply Agreement (MSA). This agreement centers around flexible e-paper production and the two companies hope that this will strengthen their collaboration and help accelerate market adoption for flexible e-paper displays.

Plastic Logic has been working with E Ink for over 10 years, applying PL's OTFT technology to E Ink's displays.

San Diego Airport unveils the world's largest e-paper installation

The San Diego airport new rental car center building installed the world's largest e-paper installation called Dazzle. Design team Ueberall International used more then 2,000 solar-powered E Ink Prism tiles to create Dazzle.

The art program manager at the San Diego Airport says that this installation will be viewed daily by hundreds of thousands of airport visitors and motorists on the nearby Interstate 5 freeway. This is an example of a sustainable, programmable and exciting new art installation. The entire installation had a budget of $875,000, which is about $437 per panel, but of course the price of each panel also includes the wireless communication devices, solar panels, software and more.