(Yicai Global) June 27 -- New East New Materials and a graphene technology developer have successfully co-developed graphene electronic ink products.
They will be mass produced soon, the Taizhou, Zhejiang province-based maker of raw materials for flexible packaging said in a statement today.
New East New Materials' wholly-owned unit Zhejiang New East Printing Ink Group penned a cooperation agreement with Shanghai-based Duoling New Material to promote the industrial production and sales of graphene products, the statement said, but without revealing the initial scale of the mass production.
Electronic ink is used in mobile phones, computers and other electronic devices. Much like regular ink in appearance, it consists of pigmented balls within balls that react to an electrical charge by displaying different colors to show text or images on an electronic 'page.'
Graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms bound together in a hexagonal honeycomb-like lattice.
E-ink products with graphene have excellent thermal and electrical conductivity, thus meeting the special technical requirements of electronic products.
New East Printing Ink will carry out the large-scale production in its existing plants, while Duoling will provide the new product's raw material ratio and production technology, according to the cooperation agreement. New East Printing Ink will also buy the graphene required in the raw material from Duoling at a price calculated to ensure each party gets half of the project benefits.
These include sales profits, revenue from third-party use of intellectual property rights, and government subsidies among others, per the statement.
The pair signed a cooperation agreement in January last year to jointly develop two new e-ink products for conductive and thermal applications and conduct pilot production.
Duoling New Material Technologies is a company specializing in research and development, production and sales of graphene and peripheral products. It has received technical support from many universities as well as the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
It owns graphene mineral resources in Heilongjiang province in northeastern China, public information shows.
Editor: Ben Armour