Yavne, Israel, June 4, 2015 | ORBOTECH LTD. (NASDAQ: ORBK) today announced that it has entered into a co-operation agreement with ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute) research and development organization, to jointly develop solutions for the production of flexible displays to be applied in future smart devices.
Orbotech and ITRI yesterday signed the agreement at the SID (Society for Information Display) Display Week Conference in San Jose. ITRI, a non-profit R&D organization renowned worldwide for its innovations in electronics manufacturing and other technology oriented fields, and Orbotech, a leading provider of process innovation technologies, solutions and equipment serving the global electronics manufacturing industry, will collaborate towards overcoming the production challenges and jointly develop solutions for the fast growing flexible display market.
As part of this strategic co-operation, ITRI will, among other things, utilize Orbotech leading inspection technology to identify production bottlenecks in AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) Flex Processes.
“Flexible devices are the future of the display industry”, explained Dr. Janglin Chen, ITRI’s Vice President and General Director of Display Technology Center. “Flexible AMOLED devices help translate high resolution images, precise RGB color definition, live video at high speeds and other diverse functionality that we have become accustomed to enjoying with traditional flat panel displays, to the next generation of form factors. We are confident that AMOLED will usher in the age of the foldable tablet PC and smart phones as well as wearable devices. Orbotech’s reputation for production solutions and process innovation technologies for the electronics manufacturing industry make Orbotech a natural partner in helping to address the production challenges of Flexible AMOLED manufacturing by advanced inspection and testing.”
Gil Oron, President of Flat Panel Display Division at Orbotech, commented on the importance of the co-operation: “Orbotech is privileged to partner with a technology pioneer that is forging new directions in solving the challenges for manufacturing flexible displays. Collaborating with ITRI to ensure high-volume, high-yield manufacturing processes on these new substrates will help expand the limits of what a display screen can become.”
Orbotech Ltd. (NASDAQ: ORBK) is a global innovator of enabling technologies used in the manufacture of the world’s most sophisticated consumer and industrial products throughout the electronics and adjacent industries. The Company is a leading provider of yield enhancement and production solutions for electronics reading, writing and connecting, used by manufacturers of printed circuit boards, flat panel displays, advanced packaging, micro-electro-mechanical systems and other electronic components. Virtually every electronic device in the world is produced using Orbotech systems. For further information, visithttp://www.orbotech.com/
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is one of the world’s leading technology R&D institutions aiming to innovate a better future for society. Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan's industries from labor-intensive into technology-oriented. Over the years, ITRI has cultivated more than 140 CEOs and incubated over 260 innovative companies, including well-known names such as UMC and TSMC. ITRI focuses on the fields of Smart Living, Quality Health, and Sustainable Environment. In addition to its headquarters in Taiwan, ITRI has branch offices in Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Berlin, Moscow and Eindhoven in an effort to extend its R&D scope and promote opportunities for international cooperation around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.itri.org/eng.
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