|By Marketwired .||
|January 6, 2014 05:13 PM EST||
THE WOODLANDS, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 01/06/14 -- UniPixel, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNXL), a provider of Performance Engineered Films to the touch screen, flexible printed electronics, lighting and display markets, announced today that the start of the manufacturing ramp for the InTouch Sensors product line has been delayed until the second quarter of 2014.
In 2013, UniPixel provided hundreds of samples and demonstration units to key potential customers, including the delivery of a low-volume prototype order in December although no commercial production orders were shipped. The scaling from lab-based volumes to fully-automated, roll-to-roll production of InTouch films has proven to take longer than initially planned. Additional automated testing and in-line measurement equipment is planned to arrive in January, and this is expected to accelerate UniPixel's remaining process development activities. This new equipment will also serve to provide the necessary quality control and quality assurance capabilities once the company begins manufacturing in commercial volumes.
In December, the company completed the installation of the first suite of manufacturing tools and cleanroom facilities at the Kodak facility in Rochester, NY. The installation includes plate mastering equipment, two roll-to-roll printing lines and four roll-to-roll plating lines in a world-class 100,000 sq. ft. manufacturing space. The Kodak Rochester facility, along with the existing printing line and three additional plating lines at UniPixel's Texas facility, will serve as the foundation for UniPixel's commercial volume manufacturing efforts. The company's focus in the next two quarters will be on finalizing a highly reliable, high-volume manufacturing process to enable shipments of commercial volumes of InTouch Sensors in the second half of 2014.
Sales development activities are on-going and continue to grow with global Tier 1 and Tier 2 OEM, ODM and module integrators for Smartphone, tablet, notebook and all-in-one product applications. UniPixel's customers have indicated that InTouch Sensors remain their leading choice for alternative touch solutions.
"Despite the recent departure of two of our senior executives, the UniPixel and Kodak teams remain confident in the market potential for InTouch Sensors," said Bernard Marren and Carl Yankowski, UniPixel's interim co-CEOs and co-Presidents. "Together, we are highly focused on finalizing a highly reliable, high-volume manufacturing process to enable shipments of commercial volumes of InTouch Sensors Powered by Kodak."
Headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, UniPixel, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNXL) delivers Performance Engineered Films to the Lighting, Display and Flexible Electronics markets. UniPixel's high-volume roll-to-roll or continuous flow manufacturing process offers high-fidelity replication of advanced micro-optic structures and surface characteristics over large areas. A key focus for UniPixel is developing electronic conductive films for use in electronic sensors for consumer and industrial applications. The company's Copperhead roll-to-roll electronics manufacturing process prints fine line conductive elements on thin films. The company is marketing its films for touch panel sensor, cover glass replacement, protective cover film, antenna and custom circuitry applications under the UniPixel label, and potentially under private label or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) brands. UniPixel's brands include Clearly Superior, Diamond Guard, InTouch Sensors and others. For further information, visit www.unipixel.com.
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