Waterloo, Ontario, Sept. 09, 2008 - DALSA Corporation (TSX:DSA), an international leader in high performance digital imaging and semiconductors, today is pleased to announce announced that it has recently received a new order valued at over CAD $3 million for inspection equipment to be used in a new Asia-Pacific flat panel display factory. The order includes DALSA's flagship high performance line scan cameras and frame grabbers, with the delivery of the majority of these multiple hundreds of units scheduled by first half of 2011.
DALSA's high performance inspection products inspect almost all the world's flat panel displays, from small mobile devices to large television screens. The speed, resolution, and power that our cameras and processing boards provide are vital to quality control systems that improve the yield and lower the cost of LCD and plasma screens. With 400 million older CRT televisions still in use in China and ripe for upgrade to flat panels, Flat Panel Television companies manufacturers are building factories in order to be close to this market and reduce costs.
"This latest order underlines our continued strength in digital imaging sales in 2010," commented Brian Doody, CEO of DALSA Corporation. "Activity in the flat panel display capital equipment market has been very brisk this year, but I am pleased to report that we are seeing strong sales across a wide range of markets, including electronics inspection, life science imaging and general machine vision. Some of this activity has been driven by pent up demand following last year's slump, but even as our customers settle back into more stable purchase levels, our digital imaging outlook for the remainder of the year is very very positive."
Doody went on to say that "I am also pleased to provide an update relating to the supply chain challenges faced earlier in the year. Those challenges, caused by the rapid upswing in our imaging business earlier this year, are now substantially behind us. Hard work by the people in our DALSA's materials management groups and an slight easing in some component shortages have made it easier for allowed our manufacturing operations team to keep up with the strong demand we continue to see."
About DALSA's Machine Vision Products and Services
For more than 3025 years DALSA has led the design, manufacture and deployment of digital imaging components for the machine vision OEM market, and now also offers end-user machine vision solutions for factory floor deployment. DALSA image sensors, cameras, smart cameras, frame grabbers, software, and Vision Appliances are used in thousands of automated optical inspection (AOI) systems around the world and across multiple industries including semiconductor, solar cell, flat panel display, electronics, automotive, medical, packaging and general manufacturing. For more information, visit www.dalsa.com/mv
About DALSA Corporation
DALSA (TSX: DSA) is an international leader in high performance digital imaging and semiconductors with approximately 1000 employees worldwide, headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Established in 1980, the company designs, develops, manufactures and markets digital imaging products and solutions, in addition to providing semiconductor products and services. For more information, visit www.dalsa.com
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