Toppan Printing and Chilin Technology to collaborate on industrial electronic paper business

13 Apr 2011

Alliance to target industrial e-Paper markets

Tokyo, Japan and Tainan, Taiwan – April 13, 2011 – Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (hereafter Toppan Printing; head office: Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo; President & CEO: Shingo Kaneko) and Chilin Technology Co., Ltd. (hereafter Chilin; Tainan, Taiwan; President: Y.G. Hsu), a core company in Taiwan’s Chi Mei Group, have announced their intent to enter into an alliance to deliver commercial/industrial electronic paper (e-Paper) applications including electronic price tags, retail point-of-sale displays, and logistics instruction labels. Under this agreement, scheduled to begin May 2011, Toppan Printing will sell Chilinmanufactured e-Paper displays into Japanese industrial markets.

E-Paper displays are best known for their use in the rapidly-expanding e-book reader market. However, industry forecasts predict even greater growth for the technology in industrial applications such as equipment and appliance displays, retail electronic shelf labels and other applications in industries such as manufacturing, logistics, and healthcare. This rising demand for compact e-Paper displays is due to their thin and durable form factor, low power consumption and environmental sustainability.

Each company brings particular strengths and capabilities to the alliance. Toppan Printing possesses a strong customer base in a wide range of industries throughout Japan and has built a strong track record in a variety of businesses including commercial printing, IC tags and cards, and digital signage. Chilin has demonstrated the capability to manufacture a broad line-up of low-power e-Paper displays and to provide module solutions for companies to utilize these new displays.

The collaboration between Toppan Printing and Chilin will make it possible for customers to realize the benefits of using e-Paper displays for their commercial/industrial applications and will provide the support needed to incorporate them into their products quickly and effectively.

About Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

Founded in 1900, Toppan Printing has branched into diverse business fields, including securities and cards, commercial printing, publications printing, packaging, industrial materials, electronics and semiconductor solutions. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010, Toppan posted revenues of ¥1,506.7 billion, and ended the year with approximately 47,000 employees. For more information, visit www.toppan.co.jp.

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