Foxconn enters a joint venture with United States nanomaterials maker
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.