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Taiwanese panel makers should learn from rivals in Japan

By Helen Ku  /  Staff reporter

Taiwanese flat-panel makers should learn from their Japanese rivals and make larger-sized touch panels with metal-mesh technology, the organizer of a flat-panel trade show said yesterday.

As the penetration rate of small-sized panels for smartphones has reached saturation level, panel makers need to develop large-sized panel products to expand their businesses, said Michael Wang (王信陽), deputy president of Taiwan Display Union Association (TDUA, 台灣顯示器產業聯合總會).

“Japanese panel makers are proficient in developing metal-mesh technology to manufacture large-sized panels that are more responsive to gestures,” Wang told reporters.

“We forecast gesture-based interaction will be applied in all kinds of displays because consumers are familiar with the new feature after using smartphones or tablets,” he added.

At this year’s International Touch Panel and Optical Film Exhibition, which runs through Friday, Sharp Corp will exhibit a 70-inch touch display, which allows users to use touch to access built-in software. Its responsiveness has been greatly improved by metal-mesh technology, Wang said.

While Sharp will not elaborate on its large-sized touch display manufacturing process and the applied metal-mesh technology at the event, there will be a seminar on Friday for analysts from the Industrial Technology Research Institute and Japanese academics to exchange ideas on metal-mesh technology .

About 365 firms are exhibiting at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall, with Innolux Corp (群創光電) and AU Optronics Corp (友達光電), displaying their latest 3D OLED and AMOLED display products, the association said.

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