KENT, OHIO (March 1, 1 p.m. ET) — Kent Displays plans to install a second roll-to-roll production line at its company headquarters in Kent.
The company said the new production line will manufacture flexible Reflex No Power LCDs used in Boogie Board eWriters sold by Improv Electronics, the consumer products subsidiary of Kent Displays. When the new line is fully operational in the second half of 2012, it will triple the company's production capacity for flexible Reflex LCDs, Kent Displays said.
The company did not disclose the size of the investment in the new line or how many jobs it might create, but it did say financing for the line was secured “from a combination of sources.”
Kent Displays installed its first roll-to-roll production line in late 2008 to mass manufacture flexible LCDs for eWriters, electronics skins and eCards. The first Boogie Board eWriter model was launched in early 2010.
Kent Displays said Boogie Board eWriters now are sold in nearly 30 countries.
“Following the installation of our first roll-to-roll line, Kent Displays experienced a remarkably quick transition from a company focused primarily on research and development to a commercially successful consumer products company,” Kent Displays President and CFO Joel Domino said in a statement.
“Our original line, the first of its kind in the world, streamlined production of Boogie Board eWriters. As a result, we doubled revenue and employment over the past two years and recently shipped the one millionth Boogie Board eWriter since the original model launched in 2010,” Domino said.