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SID helps boost FPD industry in Latin America

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:flat-panel display? FPD industry? Brazil SID partnership?

The Society for Information Display (SID) and the Government of Brazil have partnered to cooperate to bolster Brazil's growing flat-panel display (FPD) industry and encourage continued display advancements throughout Latin America.

The multi-faceted partnership effort aims to heighten R&D efforts, strengthen education and awareness, and support the exchange of ideas and expertise through conferences, seminars and other programs.

"On behalf of the members of SID, I can say that we're pleased that Brazil has chosen to collaborate with SID as a means of promoting this important initiative. As a world-recognized leader and authority in the display industry, SID is in a position to forge connections with the Brazilian government, academic and research institutions, and major electronic systems manufacturers worldwide," said SID president Paul Drzaic. "We have long had a presence in Brazil through our Latin American chapter, and have produced the LatinDisplay conference for the past 15 years. This announcement represents the next logical step in assisting the continued evolution of Brazil's display industry, and we look forward to working with our colleagues in Brazil in developing a vibrant information display manufacturing and development infrastructure."

Augusto Gadelha, Brazil's Secretary for Information Technology Policy, added, "I am certain that this cooperation with SID will be paramount to strengthening the dissemination of technological knowledge and streamlining relations between Brazil and the international display community."

The joint effort includes spotlighting key technological challenges and opportunities for companies and institutions engaged in display activities. The parties will also work together to identify promising R&D project opportunities for Brazilian universities, institutions and corporations. The partners have agreed to propose joint national or international R&D partnerships as well as organize and promote domestic and international conferences, workshops, seminars and exhibitions, including LatinDisplay.

In addition, the effort will include supporting on-site seminars at institutions, companies, schools and universities and developing an exchange program for local and international display experts, researchers and students. The two parties will also provide SID literature translated into Portuguese, the country's official language.

Since 2007, Brazil has been preparing a set of incentives to boost its local industrial and technological activities for the FPD sector. Its long-term industrial Production Development Policy is two-fold, involving both established technologies like LCDs and emerging technologies, such as OLEDs and flexible displays. Tools for investors include funding and grants, as well as special tax exemptions aimed at global companies willing to take advantage of Brazil's fast-growing domestic market. In the display segment, the country is ranked among the top five world markets for TVs and computers (together, just under 25 million units in 2008), yet the country currently imports all its FPDs. Government officials anticipate that this collaboration with SID will spark increased vitalization of Brazil's efforts in FPDs and advanced displays.

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