EIH will return to profitability in Q2 2019, expects increased shipments in 2019-2020

E Ink Holdings is positive about the company's sales and earnings in 2019, and expects to return to profitability in Q2 2019 following a $3.4 million operational loss in Q1 2019. In the second quarter EIH saw increased shipments of e-paper displays for electronic shelf label (ESL),e-readers and e-notebooks.

EeWrite E-pad photo

In 2019 EIH managed to sign up more than 20 new customers in the education sector and is expecting to increase its e-reader and e-notebook sales to expand in H2 2019 and 2020 as well.

E Ink announced a strategic investment in Plastic Logic HK

E Ink Holdings announced a strategic investment in Plastic Logic HK, a newly formed fabless flexible e-paper display developer and producer based on Plastic Logic's own OTFT driver technology.

Plastic Logic, originally spun out of Cambridge University, has years of experience with e-paper and OTFT technologies, and is currently owned by Russia's RusNano fund. Plastic Logic HK will work closely with E Ink and utilize EIH's supply chain and module facility to improve the cost structure of Plastic Logic's organic ePaper display modules.

New e-paper device: Xiaomi Ink Case Smart Electronic Paper

Xiaomi's Ink Case Smart Electronic Paper is a large E Ink tablet devices that sports a large 10.3" 1404x1872 E Ink display and a Wacom stylus. The device is based on Android 8.1, optimized for electronic ink and has 32 GB of storage and 2GB of RAM.

Xiaomi Ink Case Smart Electronic Paper photo

The Ink Case SEP is now shipping in China for 2,499 Yuan (around $360).

E Ink Holdings expects ESL shipments to grow slower than expected in 2019

E Ink Holdings says that it expects its electronics shelf label (ESL) display shipments in 2019 to grow 20-30% compared to 2018 - much lower than its previous estimates, due to the US-China trade war and a slowing macro economy.

E Ink Holdings is confident that its business will continue to be strong in 2019. Demand for e-readers will remain weak in H1 2019, which will result in a single-digit drop in total revenues.

New e-paper device: NOOK GlowLight Plus

Barnes & Noble NOOK GlowLight Plus is the company's 2019 e-reader that features a large 7.8" E Ink display, front lighting (B&N's glowlight tech) and has 8GB of memory and is water proof.

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The NOOK GlowLight Plus will start shipping by the end of May 2019 for $199.99.

New e-paper device: Xiaomi iReader A6

Xiaomi's iReader A6 is an E Ink e-reader that features a 6" 1448x1072 (300 PPI) Carta HD display, color-shifting front lighting, a 1Ghz IMX6 Solo Lite chipset and 8GB of internal memory. The linux-based A6 is waterproof supports several e-book formats, including MOBI, PDF, EPUB and more.

Xiaomi iReader T6 photo

The iReader A6 is now on sale in China for ¥998 (around $145 USD).