Fox­conn en­ters a joint ven­ture with United States nano­ma­te­ri­als maker

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

Cima Nan­oTech Inc., a U.S.-based devel­oper of trans­par­ent con­duc­tive film so­lu­tions, an­nounced that it has en­tered into a joint ven­ture with Fox­conn Tech­nol­ogy Group ( ) to de­liver com­po­nents for large for­mat touch screens.

The two com­pa­nies will sell Cima Nan­oTech’s pro­pri­etary Sante ProTouch mod­ules through Cima Touch, the com­pany formed un­der this joint ven­ture, Cima Nan­oTech said in a state­ment.

Sante ProTouch mod­ules are avail­able in sizes rang­ing from 40 to 85 inches with ul­tra fast re­sponse for an in­tu­itive multi-user, mul­ti­touch ex­pe­ri­ence, ac­cord­ing to Cima Nan­oTech.

It is an ideal so­lu­tion for in­ter­ac­tive dig­i­tal sig­nage, in­ter­ac­tive kiosks, in­ter­ac­tive table­tops and in­ter­ac­tive white­boards, the com­pany said.

“Sante ProTouch mod­ules will be man­u­fac- tured at our newly es­tab­lished, state-of-the-art man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties,” said Jon Brodd, CEO of Cima Nan­oTech.

“Hav­ing a full, in-house sup­ply chain for large for­mat pro­jected ca­pac­i­tive touch so­lu­tions is an in­dus­try first, and en­sures that we have full con­trol over the qual­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity of Sante ProTouch mod­ules,” Brodd said.

Kevin Chen, a di­rec­tor of Tai­wan-based Fox­conn, a ma­jor sup­plier to Ap­ple Inc. and other elec­tron­ics brands such as Ama­zon.com Inc., said the part­ner­ship with Cima Nan­oTech en­ables Fox­conn to “break new ground and ad­dress the rapidly grow­ing large for­mat touch mar­ket.”

The Fox­conn Tech­nol­ogy Group, known as Hon Hai Pre­ci­sion In­dus­try Co. ( ) in Tai­wan, is the world’s largest con­tract elec­tron­ics man­u­fac­turer. Bureau of Expo Af­fairs to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion in the con­ven­tion and ex­hi­bi­tion sec­tor.

The mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing was inked in Taipei by TAITRA Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Wal­ter Yeh and Liu Ying, deputy di­rec­tor of the Sichuan Bureau of Expo Af­fairs, and was wit­nessed by the Chi­nese bureau’s di­rec­tor Zheng Li.

“This deal marks the be­gin­ning of fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the con­ven­tion and ex­hi­bi­tion sec­tors in Tai­wan and Sichuan,” Yeh said dur­ing the sign­ing cer­e­mony.

Es­tab­lished in 2009 by the main­land Chi­nese gov­ern­ment, the Sichuan Bureau of Expo Af­fairs serves as an im­por­tant plat­form for in­vest­ment pro­mo­tion, trade co­op­er­a­tion and diplo­matic ser­vice in western China.

Un­der the let­ter of in­tent signed, Siemens PLM Soft­ware will al­low its so­lu­tions such as Web-based in­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing sys­tems to be used in In­ven­tec’s fac­to­ries, mak­ing In­ven­tec a bench­mark of Siemens PLM Soft­ware’s in­dus­trial co­op­er­a­tion in Tai­wan, In­ven­tec said in a state­ment.

The agree­ment is part of a global push into the “In­dus­try 4.0” era, which aims to man­u­fac­ture more ef­fi­ciently by cre­at­ing a net­worked, flex­i­ble, and dy­nam­i­cally self- or­ga­niz­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing process for highly cus­tom­iz­a­ble prod­ucts, ac­cord­ing to Siemens.

In­ven­tec be­gan its “smart man­u­fac­tur­ing” cam­paign in July 2014 and has bought 300 robots from sev­eral sup­pli­ers to in­stall in its fac­to­ries in China.

The com­pany said in June this year that it ex­pects to pur­chase another 3,000 robots from July this year to June next year at a cost of around US$20 mil­lion to US$30 mil­lion, putting roughly 5,000 work­ers out of work. to in­te­grate the chip-em­bed­ded na­tional iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card and Citizen Dig­i­tal Cer­tifi­cate, and equip the re­sult­ing card with an elec­tronic purse to fa­cil­i­tate us­age, In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chen Wei zen ( ) said.

The in­te­grated ID-citizen cer­tifi­cate card, be­ing de­vel­oped with an in­vest­ment of NT$8.1 bil­lion (US$248 mil­lion) is sched­uled to be­gin cir­cu­lat­ing in 2017, Chen said.

The new card will also be de­signed to be used as an e-purse, but that func­tion will be op­tional, he added.

The Citizen Dig­i­tal Cer­tifi­cate is a card that gives hold­ers ac­cess to gov­ern­ment ser­vices online. With the help of a card reader, it can be used to file taxes online and to pay mo­torist fees and la­bor and farmer in­sur­ance premi­ums, ac­cord­ing to the MOI.

Those are just a few of the 3,000 ser­vices the card gives users ac­cess to, Chen said.

New ser­vices added in July in­cluded ap­ply­ing for house­hold reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cate tran­scripts and hav­ing na­tional health in­sur­ance pre­mium and na­tional pen­sion pay­ment re­ceipts printed out at con­ve­nience stores around the coun­try, he said.

As of mid-Au­gust, the num­ber of Citizen Dig­i­tal Cer­tifi­cates is­sued had reached 4.97 mil­lion cards, ac­cord­ing to Chen.

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