Tianma | July 25, 2022
On June 8th, 2022, Tianma, a leading global manufacturer of flat panel displays, signed a contract to invest in a new display module production line project in Wuhu, Anhui, China. With a total investment of 8 billion RMB ($1.2B), this project is scheduled to begin construction in November 2022 and start mass production in 2H 2024.
This module production line will primarily support 6.5- to 40-inch professional display module products (Automotive and Industrial) and IT display module products (including tablet, laptop, monitor, etc.).
"This project will greatly enhance Tianma's ability to fully meet the diversified and incremental needs of our various customers, providing one-stop solutions and ensuring product life cycle quality management, This investment also helps to lay a solid foundation for long-term support and a more strategic engagement with our customers."
-Charles Peng, the Chairman of Tianma Microelectronics Co. Ltd.
This additional investment will specialize in module production capabilities needed for the new G8.6 Panel line, which was announced in April 2022. That new facility will significantly expand Tianma display module production capacity and resources, improving display module market share and competitive advantage.
Furthermore, this new module production line will also enable Tianma to better align with other module needs associated with other Tianma panel production lines, providing advantages of large-scale production, further reducing costs and improving efficiency. It also improves and expands Tianma's industrial and business layout to greatly enhance the company's overall strength in the display field.
About Tianma America, Inc.
Tianma America (TMA) is the leading provider of small- to medium-size display solutions to the Americas market utilizing advanced technologies and manufacturing resources of the Tianma Group Companies, which includes Tianma Micro-electronics (Shenzhen and Shanghai) and Tianma Japan, Ltd. (formerly known as NLT Technologies Ltd.), as well as manufacturing locations in Chengdu, Wuhan, Xiamen, Shenzhen and Shanghai China. Tianma America technologies can be found in smartphones, tablet PCs, industrial and medical instrumentation, wearables, home automation, household appliances, office equipment, and automotive and rear seat entertainment devices. Additional applications include test and measurement systems, instrumentation equipment, point-of-sale and ATM systems, gaming systems, global positioning systems, radio-frequency identification devices and barcode scanners.
Tianma America's technology portfolio comprises TFT, LTPS, Oxide-TFT, AM-OLED, flexible, transparent, 3D, PCAP and In-cell/On-cell integrated touch. With a network of best-in-class distributors and value-added partners, Tianma America provides complete display module solutions for a broad base of customers and applications.
Dispelix | June 07, 2022
DispelixTM (Espoo), a pioneer in the design and manufacture of next-generation diffractive waveguides, recently announced that it has been working on a family of new reference designs for Augmented Reality (AR) glasses and headsets with respected AR light engine supplier Jade Bird Displays (JBD), for a long time.
The new designs combine JBD's cutting-edge MicroLED projectors with the Dispelix LED - an industry-leading pantoscopic waveguide with a superior nanotech coating developed through rigorous collaboration. JBD and Dispelix have combined their expertise in MicroLED displays, light engines, and diffractive waveguide combiners, with at least one cutting-edge model combining binocular waveguides with polychrome MicroLED projectors on the horizon.
JBD's AmLEDTM MicroLED projectors for smart eyewear were used in the flagship reference design, and monochrome and various polychrome projector development kits are also available. All of these are intended to assist OEMs and partners in the creation, evaluation, and prototyping of branded smart eyewear (as well as other Augmented Reality (AR) products and solutions) more quickly.
The monochromatic projector has a capacity of 0.35cc, a FOV of 30°, a nominal weight of 0.60 grams, and comes in red, green, and blue. It can be used for monochrome smart eyeglasses development or polychrome applications in RGB waveguides with numerous input couplers.
The polychrome projector is only 1.3cc in capacity, has a 30° FOV, and weighs 2.3 grams nominally. An x-cube prism is used in the polychrome module projector to merge pictures from three monochrome panels mounted to the faces of the X-cube prism. Both monochrome and polychrome projectors have infinite focus.
JBD has launched a number of innovative MicroLED display and projector solutions that are designed into end products such as smart glasses, holographic sights, and sports AR goggles. We are currently expanding our production facilities to support the unprecedented demand for our MicroLED displays and projectors, Our success has only been made possible with the launch of concurrent innovative solutions by our partners, and a stellar example is the Dispelix LED waveguide. Our polychrome projector combined with the LED waveguide will enable OEMs to rapidly turn around small form factor and aesthetically-pleasing AR wearables that are suitable for all day use."
Dr. Qiming Li, CEO & Founder of JBD.
Atkore | June 23, 2022
Atkore Inc. today announced the acquisition of United Poly Systems, a manufacturer of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pressure pipe and conduit serving the telecom, water infrastructure, renewables, and energy markets.
We are pleased to complete the acquisition of United Poly Systems, which strengthens Atkore’s product portfolio, expands our manufacturing capacity and further enables us to meet HDPE customers’ needs, HDPE pipe and conduit is a growing market that is expected to benefit from U.S. infrastructure legislation, and United Poly Systems is a great addition to Atkore. We welcome these employees and look forward to working together to continue to serve and support our customers.”
John Pregenzer, President of Atkore’s Electrical business.
The acquisition of United Poly Systems advances our objective announced in November 2021 to deploy more than $1 billion in cash toward capital expenditures and other organic investments, M&A and stock repurchases over the next two to three years to drive growth and enhance value for shareholders. United Poly Systems exemplifies our approach to acquiring strong businesses in key end markets that will enable us to maintain and expand our leadership position in the marketplace.”
Bill Waltz, Atkore President and CEO.
The company notes that United Poly Systems is the company's fourth acquisition in Fiscal Year 2022 and has invested more than $250 million in M&A over the last six months.
United Poly Systems employs approximately 160 people at its manufacturing facilities in Springfield, Missouri and Albuquerque, New Mexico. It will remain open at both locations. Industrial Opportunity Partners, an operations-focused private equity firm based in Evanston, Illinois, previously owned United Poly Systems.