LONDON Polymer Vision Ltd has bought, for an undisclosed sum, Southampton, England based Innos Limited, the manufacturing subcontractor of the company's rollable displays.
The Dutch group, a spin-out from Royal Philips Electronics earlier this year, said demand for larger mobile displays is accelerating as telecom players push mobile content, mobile marketing and mobile applications to accelerate growth in data revenues. "With its pioneering rollable display solutions, Polymer Vision will triple mobile display sizes over the coming years - while maintaining pocket sized consumer friendly mobile devices."
The Innos business activities will be integrated into Polymer Vision Limited, with the manufacturing facility remaining in its current location at the Millbrook Technology Campus in Southampton, on the site now owned by NXP Semiconductors.
Innos' initial manufacturing facility, within the University of Southampton, where it developed the production technology for flexible displays, was badly damaged in a fire in 2005. It moved to the Millbrook facility and a line originally used by Philips Semiconductors, last year.
Polymer Vision is bringing to market what it says is the world's first rollable display enabled mobile device through a partnership with Telecom Italia. The device is described as a Cellular Book and makes use of the same 5-inch scrollable display that Polymer Vision demonstrated in the Readius prototype shown at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) consumer electronics exhibition held in Berlin in September 2006.
The Dutch group, based in Eindhoven, is talking with several companies, including operators, to bring the device to market in other countries.