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.

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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.

EIH plans to expand its production capacity to meet with customer demand

E Ink Holdings says it plans to double its capital expenditure this year (to $56.5 million) in order to expand its capacity and meet its customer demand. EIH is now building four new production lines in Taiwan.

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EIH says its capacity is now fully booked for the year, and it is quite sure it will be able to find customers for its new capacity as demand is strong. The company's revenues in the first two months of the year rose by 77% compared to last year. The main growth driver seems to electronic shelf label displays, but EIH also sees higher sales for e-readers and e-notebooks.

SoluM says it won ESL orders worth $490 million in Q4 2020

Korea-based SoluM says it has won ESL orders worth 550 billion Won ($491 million USD) in Q4 2020. The new orders are from the company's new European distributors.

SoluM's range of ESL products

SoluM says it expects its ESL business to hit record sales in 2021. The company says it is currently the world's third largest ESL vendor (following SES Imageotag and Sweden's Pricer). It is the top vendor in North America and in South Korea. SoluM's goal is to become the world's leading supplier of ESL solutions.

ePaper display provider DKE invests in Plastic Logic to access its OTFT E Ink displays

Flexible OTFT E Ink display designer and producer Plastic Logic announced a "significant investment" in its business from China-based e-paper display maker DKE Displays.

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DKE currently produced specialized ePaper displays for applications such as electronic shelf labels (ESLs), smart cards, internet of things and smart clothing. Access to Plastic Logic's OTFT based displays will enable the company to integrate rugged, lightweight and flexible products for its target markets (mostly wearables).

EIH expects Q4 2020 to be another strong quarter

E Ink Holdings says that it expects revenues in Q4 2020 to be somewhat stronger than its revenues in Q3 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to increase demand for e-readers, e-notebooks and electronic shelf labels.

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EIH's Chairman Johnson Lee says that the company expects next year to be strong as well, and the company increased its capacity expansion plans for 2021 as it needs to be ready for stronger demand in the future.

E Ink sees higher demand for e-readers and ESLs, expects its 2020 revenues to reach a four-year high

E Ink Holdings says that the COVID-19 pandemic is increasing demand for e-readers and electronic shelf labels, and the company expects its 2020 revenues to reach a four-year high, when the company started to focus entirely on e-paper displays.

E Ink and Innolux, 28'' color epaper display

Due to the pandemic, consumers are buying more e-readers and tablets. Retailers are looking to adopt ESL solutions to avoid virus transmission routes as well as to enhance delivery efficiency.

Ynvisible and Agiler to develop a smart label to verify UVC surface sterilization

Electrochromics display developer Ynvisible has partnered with Finland-based Agiler Oy to prototype a smart label technology to verify surface sterilization. The label will include a sensor that detects modern ultraviolet C (UVC) sterilization with a low-power ePaper display.

This project will demonstrate a cost-effective, scalable printed and flexible electronics and displays product and it is funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 financial instrument, under the Smartees 2 project. The project aims to conclude within 9 months, and by then the companies expect to have demonstrated a first of its kind solution that can be taken into mass-production.

E Ink participates in SigmaSense' $22 million funding round

Touch screen technology developer SigmaSense announced the closing of a $22 million Series A funding round, led by Foxconn. One of the investors in this round is E Ink Holdings.

SigmaSense develops semiconductor and software solutions for a new generation of high-fidelity sensing data enabling new human-machine interactions - from in-person touchless order kiosks for the hospitality industry to home entertainment, including reimagined interactive at-home learning and work spaces.

EIH increases color e-paper production capacity, provides a positive outlook for H2 2020

E Ink Holdings says that color e-paper will become more and more important for the company, and it is increasing its capacity as demand is growing - by the end of 2020 it will increase its capacity by 10-fold, and it is likely to increase production capacity further in 2021.

E Ink and Innolux, 28'' color epaper display

The company also provided a positive outlook for the 2nd half of 2020, as demand for electronic shelf labels (ESL) is increasing - in H1 2020 E Ink shipped as many ESL displays as it did in the whole of 2019. The company's chairman says that 4% of the world's retailers have adopted electronic shelf labels

Netronix reports major orders for E Ink name badgets for medical testing

EPD solution provider Netronix announced that it has received major orders for E Ink name badges from a medical testing equipment company in the US, with shipments to start in Q3 2020.

Netronix also reports that interest in its e-Notebook products have increased, while demand for electronic baggage tags is much lower due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is also active with electronic shelf labels, large-area ePaper signage and e-readers (the company will ramp up its 6-inch color E Ink e-readers and name tags in Q3 2020).

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