Tuesday, October 24, 2006



  


Press Release


JAKOB HATTELAND DISPLAY OPENS NEW OPTICAL TECHNOLOGY FACILITY

Leading marine displays manufacturer invests in optical product development.

Jakob Hatteland Display (JHD), the world leading manufacturer of marine displays, computers and
panel computers, announces the opening of ‘Plant 2’, a new 500 square meter production facility at its
headquarters in Nedre Vats, Norway. The company has invested over €2 million in the facility itself and
its newly formed display development division, ‘Optical Technology, AS’ (OTE).

Plant 2 consists of two integrated clean room facilities, graded to ISO 14644-1 class 6 (equivalent US
class 1000) and ISO 14644-1 class 7 (equivalent US class 10,000). In addition to this level of
contamination control, the state-of-the-art facility has constant temperature & humidity control, and is
designed for the processing of static sensitive devices. This level of process environment control is a
critical requirement for the production of the advanced technologies developed by OTE, and used by
JHD to ensure all of its monitors provide the very highest level of performance.

The new facility, the first of its kind in Europe, will be used to produce the new Series 2 line of optical
bonded display products introduced by JHD to its family of marine monitors. Optically bonded displays
provide several unique benefits including near perfect sunlight viewing, and the permanent elimination
of condensation and salt crystal formation. These solutions for the marine monitor market set a
‘New Industry Standard’ of quality and performance throughout the world.

Plant 2 will also be used for developing and implementing advanced processes and applications of
optical technology display products, including those used for the military. JHD is renowned for providing
solutions to overcome the environmental challenges faced by marine and naval monitors, and Plant 2
will vastly increase the capacity of both JHD and OTE to develop new generations of optical display
products & technologies.


Maximilian Huber,
President Sharp Microelectronics Europe
Cuts Ribbon for Plant 2 Opening




Joseph Sanelle pictured with 19" and 32" Series 2 products.

JHD has appointed Joseph Sanelle as Managing Director of OTE Plant 2. Mr. Sanelle is in the process of building a team of skilled technicians
from inside the company and externally, to greatly expand the production capacity of OTE operations.

“Our new technology and facility provides huge potential for the marine display market. We now have the ability to quickly implement
optical bonding on any display product here in Nedre Vats, which gives Hatteland the competitive edge in providing both cost and quality
benefits for its customers,”
comments Joseph Sanelle.

Ends.




--- About Jakob Hatteland Display ---
Jakob Hatteland Display manufactures high quality marine monitors and computers. It is part of the Hatteland Group, which was founded by
Jakob Hatteland in 1971. Based in Nedre Vats, Close to Haugesund on the West coast of Norway, the Hatteland Group has offices in various
European countries and a worldwide service network. Its products are used by system integrators and can be found on all vessel types, all
over the world. The company prides itself on quality, and boasts multiple Type Approvals across al of its products.

Media enquiries:

Götz Vogelmann, Marketing Director
Jakob Hatteland Display
Tel: +49 (0)6102 370 954 (Frankfurt, Germany)
Fax: +49 (0)6102 370 968
E-mail: goetz.vogelmann@hatteland.com
www.hatteland.com

or

Saul Trewern, Technical Account Manager
Saltwater Public Relations
Tel: +44 (0)1202 669244
Fax: +44 (0)1202 672221
E-mail: saul.trewern@saltwatercoms.com
www.saltwaterpr.com



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Jakob Hatteland Display AS
Åmsosen, N-5578 Nedre Vats, Norway
Tel: +47 5276 3700, Fax: +47 5276 5444 (Head Office)