Digitimes recently reported that Tianjin-based subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is exhibiting its carbon nanotube (CNT) touch panels at the 2011 China Hi-Tech Fair (CHTF) currently being held in Shenzhen, southern China. CNT films are used in the production of touch panels in place of ITO films.
The use of the CNT films can decrease production costs of touch panels by 10-20% compared to ITO films and also shorten time to market for customers, according to representatives of the Foxconn subsidiary.
The subsidiary is currently able to roll out two million units of 3.2-inch display equivalent CNT films a month, said the representatives, adding that some China-based handset makers have approached the company for the purchase of the CNT touch panels.
The company also plans to develop CNT products for e-book reader applications as well as to set up production lines for rolling out cover lenses, said the representatives.
Hon Hai Precision Industry may be the biggest electronics company you never heard of. The company, more commonly known by its trade name, Foxconn, is the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer.
It manufactures computers, consumer electronics, communications, and other products, including connectors, cable assemblies, enclosures, flat-panel displays, game consoles, motherboards, servers, and televisions.
Hon Hai also provides design engineering and mechanical tooling services. The global company's customers include Apple, Cisco, Dell, Nokia, and Sony. CEO Terry Gou founded Hon Hai in 1974 to make plastic switches for TVs.
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