E Ink has announced they have agreed to enter a long-term strategic alliance with Japan Display Inc for electronic paper (ePaper) business. Through the partnership with E Ink, JDI intends to diversify its business scope beyond its existing LCD market.
ePaper is a reflective display with qualities equivalent to traditional paper and images shown on ePaper can be updated electronically. ePaper has features of wide viewing angle, low power consumption, and vivid images can be seen even under bright sunlight.
By partnering with E Ink, JDI adds E Ink's ePaper into its product by offering to its existing digital signage system and mobile phone customers. At the same time, JDI will continue to advance the development, production and sales of new products using LCD backplane technology, including innovative ePaper products utilising JDI's proprietary LTPS and Pixel Eyes in-cell touch to enter new market applications, such as automotive, dynamic computer keyboards, display cards, education, IOT displays, and many more.
With JDI's backplane technology and in-cell touch technology which is based on JDI's unique LTPS, E Ink are aiming to improve the performances of E Ink display modules.
Dr. Frank Ko, Chairman and CEO of E Ink Holdings, said, "It is a great pleasure to work with JDI to develop new electronic ink applications. JDI has proven to be the market leader in the display industry. With JDI's global sales presence, world class customer base, and world class TFT expertise, JDI can better serve many potential ePaper customers looking to use E Ink's technology. I believe this partnership is a win-win for both parties."
Mitsuru Homma, Chairman and CEO of Japan Display Inc, said, "I am pleased to start a strategic alliance with E Ink which owns unique electrophoretic technology. I expect to create new markets through the combination of JDI’s backplane technologies and electronic ink technology. Adding electronic ink technology to our growing LCD technology and developing AMOLED technology, I believe that JDI can make its product line-up stronger and proceed to diversify its business portfolio."
Johnson Lee, President of E Ink Holdings, said, "E Ink is proud to work with JDI in business alliance, new technology development, and also in manufacturing. The companies are expecting to roll out the collaboration in full dimension."
Shuji Aruga, President and COO of Japan Display Inc, said, "JDI and E Ink have worked together for many years manufacturing LCD modules. This new alliance has further cemented our relationship with E Ink. It is our great pleasure that we can create new business and meet our customers’ expectations together with E Ink by adding ePaper products in JDI’s product line-up."