Expansion and Planned Acquisition Broaden Horizons for Touch International

Touch screen manufacturer increases product capabilities and capacity in China Factory.

Austin, TX – October 16, 2012 – Touch International, Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of touch technology and display enhancements, announced today the planned acquisition of a former Taiwanese touch screen company, as well as the continued expansion of its manufacturing facilities in Zhongshan and Shenzhen, China. The new development will further compliment the Austin, Texas facility with added capacity and extended manufacturing capabilities.

 Touch International’s cover lens manufacturing line

The automated, dual production capabilities of Touch International’s cover lens manufacturing line allows for the quick cutting of customized cover lenses featuring rounded corners, slots, and holes that give applications the seamless Apple iPhone-types look.

The purchase will encompass all of the Taiwanese company’s touch screen technology, equipment, and raw materials, which will be used in a 5,000 ft.2 extension of the facilities that will broaden Touch International’s value-added enhancement and touch screen manufacturing abilities. Equipped with a Class 10,000 clean room, the new areas will house additional cover lens manufacturing capabilities, a second optical bonding team and a line designated for contract manufacturing assembly.

“The acquisition of these assets will only further complement our vertically integrated system in our Shenzhen facility by increasing the capacity of our touch screen, cover glass and LCM (touch screen module) manufacturing lines,” said Michael Woolstrum, co-founder and CEO of Touch International. “In turn, we will be able to speed up production and reduce the cost for our customers in specialized industries where time and money are key factors.”

As part of a $10 million expansion effort and technology development plan, the progressive improvements are aimed at bolstering touch screen production, reducing prices and shortening delivery times. The continuation of growth is the next step after the complete renovation of the Austin factory clean room and the opening of the Shenzhen manufacturing facility in 2011.

According to Woolstrum, touch technology and display enhancements will continue to grow and mature in specialized industries such as military land vehicles, airplane cockpit control, and advanced medical devices. “With the demand in these markets on the rise, we need to evolve with the market and position ourselves to accommodate increasingly strict requirements and regulations,” explains Woolstrum.

Touch International Chinese factory

An employee works to fulfill custom cover lens orders using an automated NC (Numerically Controlled) Router at Touch International’s manufacturing facility in Shenzhen, China.

“By continuing to build our value-added enhancement capabilities and gain capacity, we are able to welcome what we call the ‘WOW’ (Weird or Wacky) products which are what set TI apart from the rest.”

About Touch International
Touch International is the leading manufacturer of specialty touch screens and display enhancement windows, and is the largest touch producer in North America. The company is world-renowned for its expertise in optically clear touch panels, EMI filter technologies, and custom touch screen designs for military, aerospace, medical, transportation and retail applications. Touch International was the first to produce the Apple iPhone-type projected capacitive touch screen, and also builds resistive sensors and glass filter products used in touch screens, display windows, anti-reflective and anti-vandal filters. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas and has complementary sales and manufacturing facilities in Europe and Asia.

Touch International Introduces Stronger Noise Resistance to its MulTI-Touch Controller Line for Rugged Applications

Touch International’s MulTI-Touch Ultra-Thin PCB Controller Line eliminates the need for custom chip-on-flex controllers with its added noise resistance and low-profile design.

Austin, TX – June 5, 2012 – Unveiling the latest upgrade to its MulTI-Touch Projected Capacitive Ultra-Thin PCB Controller Line, Touch International announced at Display Week 2012 that the series now features added noise resistance, making it ideal for rugged applications.

By providing a direct electrical interface between the touch screen flex circuit and the board, Touch International ensures that the product’s connection is mechanically and electrically robust, providing the low-profile and noise resistance of chip-on-flex with the added durability of PCB boards, essentially eliminating the need for custom chip-on-flex electronics.

MulTI-Touch Controller Series

Ultra-Slim Controllers Now With Increased Noise Resistance for Rugged Applications

“We are a little bit like the Subway of touch screens,” says Touch International CEO, Michael Woolstrum. “You pick your features, and we build it. With our new MulTI-Touch Baseline Series, we are often able to reduce the time, energy, and money it typically takes to do a custom build.”

Supporting projected capacitive displays up to 15.6”, with up to 9mm of cover glass, the MulTI-Touch Controller Line gives customers the same design flexibility and customization that Touch International is known for, without high NRE fees.

At Display Week, attendees will see a wide range of touch screen, display enhancement and cover glass components that can be mixed and matched to fit individual projects and requirements, helping to maximize the time and money spent perfecting custom displays.

For more on Touch International, visit booth #749 at Display Week or go to www.touchinternational.com/SID2012.

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About Touch International
Touch International, headquartered in Austin, Texas, was founded in 2002 by Michael Woolstrum and long-time veteran, Gary Barrett, the company’s CTO and has become a world leader in touch screen and EMI filter technology. The company, with its partner DMC, Co. Ltd. in Osaka, Japan, operates eight manufacturing facilities worldwide with 1,200 employees. TI’s China factories manufacture Apple iPhone-type projected capacitive touch screens, resistive sensors and glass filter products used in touch screens, EMI, anti-reflective or anti-vandal filters.

Touch International Showcases “Subway Style” of Touch Screen Manufacturing at Display Week 2012

Austin, TX – May 23, 2012 – Helping OEMs and integrators build powerful touch screen displays that perform well in any environment, Touch International announced it will be showcasing its customizable cover glass options, display enhancements, touch screens and touch screen electronics at Display Week 2012, June 5-7 in Boston, MAS.

“We are a little bit like the Subway of touch screens,” says Touch International CEO, Michael Woolstrum. “You pick your features, and we build it. With our new MulTI-Touch Baseline Series, we are often able to reduce the time, energy and money it typically takes to do a custom build.”

Examining Glass Substrates WhitepaperAt Display Week, attendees will be able to see how Touch International is able to mix and match touch screen and display enhancement components to fit individual projects and requirements, helping to maximize the time and money spent perfecting custom displays.

“This industry is constantly changing and evolving, and Display Week gives professionals a chance to learn about the latest market trends and developments,” explains Woolstrum.

Specific technologies on display will include the company’s industry-leading MulTI-Touch Projected Capacitive Touch Technology, with new customizable options, including ultra-thin PCB controllers and corresponding baseline sensors, and its Multi-Touch Analog Resistive (MARS) technology.

About Touch International
Touch International, headquartered in Austin, Texas, was founded in 2002 by Michael Woolstrum and long-time veteran, Gary Barrett, the company’s CTO. TI has become a world leader in touchscreen, EMI filter, and enhanced display technology. The company operates its engineering and design facility and corporate headquarters in Austin, Texas as well as a high volume production facility is located in Shenzhen, China.

For more information about Touch International, contact:

Shaun Detmer
Marketing Director
Touch International, Inc.
Tel: 512-646-0328
sdetmer@touchintl.com