Innolux, one of the world´s largest manufacturers of TFT-LCD-panels and NEXT Biometrics Group ASA today jointly announce that they are investing in establishing mass production capacity for the previously showcased NEXT flexible fingerprint sensor technology.
Innolux and NEXT Biometrics has worked together for many years and NEXT Biometrics is today manufacturing volumes of rigid fingerprint sensors at Innolux plants in Taiwan. With NEXT Biometrics` recent introduction of the world´s first flexible fingerprint sensor, the parties have agreed to do joint investments to enable mass production of these new sensors. NEXT Biometrics has previously communicated, a production capacity target of 2 million flexible sensors per month in 2017, growing to 10 million per month in 2018.
NEXT Biometrics` CEO Tore Etholm-Idsøe says: ” We experience major interest in the world´s first smart card industry compatible flexible sensor. The upcoming transition to mass production is not trivial and we are very happy for Innolux active support in this process. They are a US$ 10 billion annual sales TFT-LCD displays manufacturer, and are of course highly experienced in solving issues when ramping-up for mass production of new product formats. We have made significant progress during the recent months, and we are proud to announce that Innolux will now invest money, time and knowledge along with NEXT Biometrics to bring the flexible sensors to the world market.”
Innolux Vice President James Yang of AII Business Group comments: ”There is a massive opportunity in the market for flexible fingerprint sensors, and we strongly believe in the NEXT Biometrics technology. The company is unique in the sense that they are bringing to market a truly flexible sensor, which meet the smart card industry requirements while it can be mass produced at cost levels that are compatible with smart card market value propositions. We have therefore decided to help bring the project forward as quickly as possible, investing Innolux knowledge as well as capital resources”