AUSTIN, Texas, March 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Austin, Texas-based
Nano-Proprietary, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: NNPP), today announced that its
subsidiary, Applied Nanotech, Inc. has signed a letter of intent with Da Ling
Co., Ltd., a corporation based in Taiwan, to enter negotiations to form a
joint venture dedicated to constructing and operating a pilot line for Carbon
Nanotube Televisions (CNT TV). The joint venture will be owned 50% by Da Ling
and 50% by Applied Nanotech.
CNT TVs are next generation displays that are ideal for large (60 inch to
100 inch diagonal) flat screen TVs and compare favorably, both visually and
technically, with existing large flat screen technologies. According to the
2003 Fuji Chimera Research Institute report, the market for large flat screen
TVs is expected to be $100 billion annually by 2010 and CNT TVs have the
potential to capture a significant portion of this market.
"We expect CNT TVs to become the standard in large size flat panel
displays," said Dr. Zvi Yaniv, Chief Executive Officer of Applied Nanotech,
Inc. "CNT TVs are expected to retail for as low as $1,300 once they are in
full scale production."
Da Ling is a large diversified company based in Taichung in the Situn
District of Taiwan with operations in several industries, including
electronics. Da Ling previously organized a consortium of companies that
invested $100 million in a pilot line for a large flat screen display using
polymer light emitting diodes ("PLED").
"We are excited about this new technology and the business potential for
the large area TV market," said Mr. Sunny Tsai, President of Da Ling Co., Ltd.
"Taiwan is one of the world's leading manufacturing centers for LCD Monitors
and TVs and we are determined, that with the help of our strategic partner,
ANI, that Taiwan hold that position in the coming transition to the next
generation of large flat panel displays. The project team that we previously
organized will be to our advantage in the coming endeavor with ANI."
Da Ling will be responsible for managing and funding the joint venture,
which will include securing the equipment and location, staffing the facility,
and paying all operating costs. Da Ling expects to invest approximately
$10 million for equipment alone into the joint venture. Applied Nanotech will
provide its expertise related to the application and implementation of the CNT
Under the terms of the letter of intent, Da Ling and Applied Nanotech have
until June 30, 2006 to negotiate and finalize a joint venture agreement. Once
the joint venture agreement is signed, Da Ling will pay Applied Nanotech
$1 million for delivering its knowledge and know-how.
The joint venture agreement will not include a license to any of the
technology used in the pilot line; however it will include pre-negotiated
terms for a license agreement to be consummated if the pilot line is
successful and the parties decide to move to manufacturing and
commercialization. These terms are yet to be determined, but will include an
upfront payment and an ongoing royalty at parity with standards in the flat
panel TV industry.
"We are extremely pleased to be working with Da Ling on this project,"
said Dr. Yaniv. "This being the second pilot line established using carbon
nanotubes and our processes since November 2005 (see press release of
November 28, 2005) is testimony to both the quality of our intellectual
property and that the use of carbon nanotubes in displays is continuing to
ABOUT DA LING, CO LTD.
Da Ling, Co., Ltd. is a diversified company based in Taiwan involved in
the electronics, construction, housing, and construction materials industries.
Da Ling has manufacturing operations established in China, Vietnam and
Indonesia. Da Ling maintains strong relationships with commercial and
investment groups in Taiwan.
About Nano-Proprietary, Inc.
Nano-Proprietary, Inc. is a holding company consisting of two wholly-owned
operating subsidiaries. Applied Nanotech, Inc. is a premier research and
commercialization organization dedicated to developing applications for
nanotechnology with an extremely strong position in the field of electron
emission applications from carbon film/nanotubes, sensors, functionalized
nanomaterials, and nanoelectronics. Electronic Billboard Technology, Inc.
(EBT) possesses technology related to electronic digitized sign technology.
The Companies have over 200 patents or patent applications pending. Nano-
Proprietary's business model is to license its technology to partners that
will manufacture and distribute products using the technology. Nano-
Proprietary's website is http://www.nano-proprietary.com .
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December 31, 2005, and in reports subsequently filed by Nano-Proprietary with
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