Global and China Electronic Paper Industry Report, 2009
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Undoubtedly, e-book has been one of the much-talked-about topics in consumer electrics. Strictly speaking, only the readers with e-paper can be called e-book reader.

Taiwan E-book Industry Chain

E-book industry can be divided into five major components as follows, content provider, digital format producer, content distribution service platform, transmission platforms, and reader. Of the five, the reader, which belongs to hardware, is the most mature.

Sony has sold its own brand of e-book, and decided to launch products with the function of wireless download and touch panel. Google has also issued the e-book plan, and in China, besides Jinke Hanlin, the companies such as Hanwang, Founder, Ebiox, Avoex and Onyx also have launched such products.

However, the competition among the terminal products has just started. The success of Amazon also rests with its powerful content service, and the consumers can buy Amazon genuine e-book via free wireless access such as Sprint 3G mobile phone network. It will be a big challenge for China’s e-book market that has been used to free service.

In fact, to digitalize books is not as simple as it seems. The operation flow begins with the digitalization of book content, and then it should protect digital content via the technologies such as DRM system, encryption and attestation in order to avoid copyright embezzlement. After that, a smooth download & charging system should be required so that the consumers can download their favorite content in books or magazines to e-readers via such system and service platform.

PVI is the only e-paper manufacturer capable of mass production in terminal hardware field in Taiwan. Founded on Jun 2nd, 2009, PVI acquired E-INK at the price of USD200 million. With best whiteness and short response time, it is the most mature and excellent e-paper technology, closest to traditional books. Nearly all global e-book readers adopt PVI e-paper, and the 6-inch e-paper display module is priced at US$60. The order has been scheduled to the end of Jun, 2010, and rate of capacity utilization is up to 100%. In addition, AUO invested US$30 million to get 31.58% shares of SiPix Imaging in Mar, 2009 and became the largest shareholder, while the MicroCup technology originally corresponded to electric tag rather than e-paper. Then AUO changed into e-book reader at once, but the whiteness, resolution and response are not as good as PVI E-INK. AUO also reported that it had employed mass production in Sep, 2009.

The electronic liquid powder, produced by the world's largest tire manufacturer, Bridgestone, has also entrusted Taiwan companies for industrialization. Its partner, Delta Electronics is the global largest adapter manufacture, and the electronic paper in trial production was a bit yellow, and rather slow in response. However, in Sep, 2009, Bridgestone announced that the responsiveness had been greatly improved.

Taiwan manufacturers take the advantages of geographic locations and convenient traffic in the field of downstream assembly manufacturing. Netronix Inc, 13% shares of which are held by PVI, is the second largest e-book reader manufacturer followed by PVI, and its shares have increased several times. AUO has not achieved mass production now, the shares of which have doubled already. Besides, the companies such as ASUS, Foxconn and Inventec all have entered e-book reader sector.

The price of e-book reader is still higher comparatively, and the maturity of AUO SiPix technology is still to be tested. Considering the current supply and demand, what PVI can only do is to increase price. The display module is the most expensive part of e-book, followed by the most used Qualcomm 3G chip set and Freescale IMX31 processor. The price is the key factor to hinder the prevalence of e-book reader, then the content. However, the content provider is substantially excellent in American market.

1 E-paper 
1.1 Concept  
1.2 E-paper Realization Ways 
1.2.1 Electrochemical Reaction 
1.2.2 Optical-write-in Mode  
1.2.3 Electrophoresis Particle 
1.2.4 Microcapsule Electrophoresis   
1.2.5 Inkjet Light-emitting Polymer 
1.2.6 Microcup E-paper 
1.2.7 Electronic Liquid Powder 
1.2.8 Comparison of E-paper Technologies 
1.3 Merits & Demerits

2 E-Paper Industry and Market 
2.1 Industry chain 
2.2 Key E-INK E-paper Manufacturers 
2.2.1 E-INK 
2.2.2 PVI 
2.2.3 Netronix Inc  
2.2.4 AUO

3 Main E-paper Application Fields and Market Research 
3.1 Electronic Price Tags 
3.1.1 Introduction 
3.1.2 Market 
3.1.3 Sipix 
3.1.4 ZBD 
3.2 E-book 
3.2.1 Industry Chain 
3.2.2 Global E-book Market 
3.2.3 China E-book Market 
3.2.4 America E-book Market
3.2.5 Japan E-book Market  
3.2.6 South Korea E-book Market 
3.2.7 E-book Operation Platform  
3.2.8 Sony 
3.2.9 Tianjin Jinke 
3.2.10 IREX
3.2.5 eREAD Technology 
3.3 Other Fields 
3.3.1 Weather Forecast Browser 
3.3.2 Cell Phone 
3.3.3 Other

4 Flexible E-paper Companies 
4.1 Seiko Epson 
4.2 Plastic Logic
4.3 Polymer Vision
Profile of E-paper Product
Profile of E-INK Electronic Ink Microspheres
QR-LPD Roadmap
Profile of E-INK E-paper Display Unit
E-INK E-paper Industry Chain 
PVI Organization Structure
PVI Revenue and Gross Profit Margin, 2004-2010 
PVI Employee Structure, 2007-2009 
Educational Background of PVI Staff, 2007-2009 
Netronix Inc Revenue and Gross Profit Margin, 2004-2010
Netronix Inc Revenue by Product, 2008-2009 
AUO Revenue and Operating Profit Margin, 2004-2009 
AUO Organization Structure 
AUO Downstream Application by Product, 2008Q2-2009Q2
AUO Small and Medium-size Shipment, 2008Q2-2009Q2 
E-paper Module Market Size, 2008-2014 
Global E-paper Market Downstream Applications, 2008-2014 
ESL System Sketch 
Principles of SIPIX Character E-paper 
Principles of SIPIX Active E-paper
Smart Card E-paper Application Technology Modules 
Three-tier Structure of SIPIX E-paper
Honeycomb Grille of SIPIX E-paper
Profile of SIPIX E-paper 
ZBD LCD Structure 
ZBD EPOPS System Module 
Taiwan E-book Industry Chain
Global E-book Reader Shipment, 2008-2014 
Global E-book Reader Market Scale and Average Price, 2008-2014
Global E-book Reader Market Distribution, 2009 
IREX Product Roadmap
IREX Digital Publishing System 
PLASTIC LOGIC Product Profile 
PLASTIC LOGIC Product Roadmap
Characteristics, Merits & Demerits of Key E-paper Display Technologies 
PVI Introduction by Division 
PVI E-paper Products 
E-book Products of Netronix Inc 
AUO Output Capacity by Product Line, Q2-Q3, 2009 
E-book Reader Shipment in Greater China, 2008-2014 
Financial Data of Tianjin Jinke, 2007 
Main Investors of Plastic Logic 

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