E Ink Innovation Center Opens up in Massachusetts
October 22, 2013
E Ink Holdings Inc. better known as "E Ink," opened up its new facility, the "E Ink Innovation Center" in Billerica, MA on October 22. Though not a household name, E-Ink, a pioneer in the ePaper business in Taiwan is no stranger to the tech world. E Ink has partnered with many major U.S. companies, including Amazon in their renowned Kindles and Barnes & Nobles with their NOOK, among many other companies and products. Founded in 1992 by Taiwan's leading papermaking and printing group YFY, E Ink is the pioneer of TFT and ePaper business in Taiwan. Its vision in delivering revolutionary products, user experiences, and environmental benefits through advanced technology development has led to its continuous investments in the field of ePaper display. In 2008 E Ink aquired Hydis Technologies, the manufacturer of the world's best wide viewing angle LCDs, and in 2009 it completed its acquisition of E Ink Corp., the worldwide leader in ePaper. Listed in Taiwan's GreTai Securities Market and the Luxembourg market, E Ink is now the world's largest supplier of displays to the eBook market.
E Ink moved from its original space in Cambridge, MA to Billerica where it had more space in its modern, open and collaborative facility, complete with R&D labs, pilot facilities, test chambers and administrative offices all in one space. The new facility doubles the company's footprint while bringing employees under one roof, and contains many sustainable features including collaborative workspaces, training rooms, warehousing space and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. In addition, the Center contains a number of improved facility features, including a waste water treatment plant, state-of-the-art safety design, advanced HVAC systems for a reduced power draw and a 911 repeater for emergency responders.
"The additional space will support E Ink's growth and expansion into new markets, and will foster a more creative and collaborative environment for our employees," said Felix Ho, CEO of E Ink Holdings. "Our new facility in Billerica was specifically designed with our technology needs in mind and offers us significantly more space. It gives our employees a dynamic and energizing working environment while allowing us to invest in the Massachusetts economy, growing our business where it all started."
The new E Ink Innovation Center represents a $36 million investment, is over 140,000 square feet, can hold up to 400 employees and reinforces E Ink's position as a leading technological business innovator in Massachusetts. E Ink was just awarded the Silver Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Award by the MassEcon council for its outstanding contribution to the Massachusetts economy.
Anne Hung, Director General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Boston, Peter T. L. Shih, Economic Director of TECO, Joanne Feinberg Goldstein, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Massachusetts State Government and other guests and representatives were invited to the opening ceremony of E Ink's new facilities in Billerica. On behalf of Fu-Tsung King, Representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in Washington, D.C., DG Hung expressed best wishes and congratulations to Mr. Ho for E Ink’s success in opening a new chapter in Massachusetts. On behalf of Governor Deval Patrick, Secretary Goldstein not only congratulated E Ink, but also highly acclaimed E Ink for its commitments to Massachusetts, in particular in job creation, employee training and innovation. Secretary Goldstein also presented a State grant check to Mr. Ho for assisting E Ink in employee training programs.