It looks like E-ink's ongoing efforts to build markets beyond ereader screens are paying off. This screen tech manufacturer, which is best known for producing the screens used in the Kindle and other ebook readers, reported a net profit last quarter.
E-ink posted NT$511 million ($17.23 million USD) in net profit, compared with net losses of NT$1.01 billion in the previous quarter. They attribute the increase in revenue to new ereaders being launched as well as to efforts to enter new markets, including shelf labels, smartwatches, Android tablets, smartphone cases, and more.
While many of us think of E-ink in terms of ereader scree, that's not the only market for their screen tech. Via their subsidiary Hydis, E-ink also makes LCD screens for a number of tablet manufacturers. Also, E-ink's partners are working on integrating E-ink screen tech into a diverse range of products, including everything from modular signage to shipping labels, luggage tags, and even DIY kits.
And in addition to the new products, E-ink has debuted a number of innovative new screen tech over the past year months. They developed and released the new higher resolution 6.8" screen found in the Kobo Aura HD and the Onyx Boox T68. And using the technology acquired with the purchase of rival Sipix, E-ink has also developed an innovative low-power 3 color shelf label.
E-ink has also launched Mobius, a flexible epaper screen tech, and Carta, their 4th generation screen. The Mobius screen is currently being used in Sony's 13.3" writing slate, which is due to be released next month, while the Carta screen can be found in the Kindle Paperwhite (2013).