Touch International Acquires Specialized Industrial LCD Enhancement Capabilities
Company to Now Integrate Optical Bonding into Customer Offerings
Austin, TX – May 01, 2008 – Touch International, Inc. (TI) today announced it has acquired the specialized industrial LCD enhancement assets from the Torrance, Calif. location of DuPont Display Enhancements, Inc., a subsidiary of DuPont. The company will now offer customers an integrated touch screen, EMI filter, and optically bonded display manufacturing.
In addition to acquiring the assets from DuPont Display Enhancements, Touch International will license DuPont™ Vertak™ bonding technology and utilize the Vertak™ adhesive to offer optical bonding to its customers. Other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“This acquisition continues our strategy to integrate technology into more customer applications by combining TI’s leading touch screen and EMI filter products with DuPont’s optical bonding solutions,” said Michael Woolstrum, CEO and co-founder, Touch International. “Customers primarily in the military, aerospace, medical and industrial market segments will benefit by the convergence of these two entities creating a compelling value proposition for growing LCD-Touch applications.”
With eight factories worldwide, Touch International is an original equipment manufacturer of resistive and capacitive touchscreens for applications used to capture signature or self-check-out in retail establishments to sensors with special electrical or optical features used in military and aerospace applications. To enhance the performance of the touchscreen in front of an LCD display, optically bonding the touch screen or glass electrical filter to the display eliminates the air gap between the two components and improves optics and LCD readability.
DuPont Display Enhancements will continue to focus on its business strategy of selling DuPont™ Vertak™ adhesive and licensing its proprietary bonding technology to display manufacturers and key industrial control points. DuPont Display Enhancements will continue operations in Shenzhen, China, to provide bonding for high volume consumer applications, in support of its adhesive and licensing strategy.
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.