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.

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 sees lower demand for e-reader displays in the first half of 2018

E Ink Holdings say that it expects low demand for e-paper displays in the first half of 2018, as the e-reader market is set for a low season as customers are transitioning to new models and are not ordering new displays (but rather use these in their inventories). E-reader displays account for about 70% of E Ink's revenues in 2017.

Bookeen Saga photo

Displays for e-notebooks and electronics shelf labels are expected to grow in the period, but apparently this won't be enough to offset the low demand for e-reader displays.

Aizuwakamatsu city in Japan launches an E Ink bus stop display pilot

Japan's Aizuwakamatsu city is launching a new pilot smart bus stop display project, developed by Papercast in collaboration with E Ink holdings.

Papercast E Ink screens at Aizu Bus in Japan

The project is administered by Aizu Riding Car Development, a consortium that aims to improve service convenience and reduce ongoing costs by digitally connecting bus stops. The E Ink displays will show real-time passenger information, and these displays will be wireless and solar-powered.

Ubiiq launches an LPWAN E Ink connected tag

Ubiik released an ultra-low power E Ink display tag that can stay connected via low-power WAN (LPWAN) networks for over 1.5 km. Aimed towards factory environments, the new display tags has a typical lifetime of 2 years on coin cell batteries.

Ubiik Weightless 2.7-inch ePaper tag photo

Ubiik offers starter kits with 2.7-inch displays (seen above), and the company will also release 4.2-inch e-paper tags in Q2 2018.

PaperCast's E Ink display based systems deployed in Jerusalem Israel's bus stops in a new JTMT pilot

Bus stop information display pioneer Papercast has deployed its solar-powered E Ink bus stop displays for the Jerusalem Transportation Master Plan Team (JTMT) passenger information system in Jerusalem, Israel.

Papercast deployed these systems at several bus stops in Jerusalem as a pilot, with hopes to extend the deployment to all bus stops in Jerusalem. Papercast says that the E Ink displays are 36 times more efficient than previously-used LCD screens, which makes solar power feasible.

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.

Vienna's Airport Line install E Ink signage in all its shuttle bus stations

The Vienna Airport line shuttle installed outdoor E Ink signage in its stations in Vienna to show real-time passenger information to guide travelers to the airport. The project includes signage for all the shuttle bus stations (over 25).

Vienna Airport Line E Ink sign

The two main stations use a large double-sided 32" 2560 x 1440 E Ink displays (shown below), while the rest of the stations show a 15" E Ink display (shown above).