Vision Systems’ French, U.S. Factories Set for Completion in 2012, 2013 BRIGNAIS, FRANCE and HAMBURG, GERMANY—At the 2012 Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, Research Frontiers and its licensee Vision Systems announced that Vision Systems is expanding its existing factory in France to add a production facility dedicated to the manufacture of its SPD-Smart Nuance and Noctis aerospace and transportation windows and cabin dividers. To meet anticipated demand for its SPD-Smart products, Vision Systems also plans to establish a similar factory in the United States with production of SPDSmart products commencing in 2013. Both facilities will have state-of-the-art equipment and processes to ensure the highest standards of product quality over larger production volumes. Vision Systems will be exhibiting (Booth 6D5, Hall 6) its Nuance and Noctis SPD-Smart aircraft windows at the 2012 Aircraft Interiors Expo which is being held March 27-29, 2012 at the Hamburg Messe fairgrounds. Over the past year, Bombardier Aerospace, HondaJet and other OEMs have showcased Vision Systems’ SPD-Smart aerospace and transportation products at some of the world’s leading industry trade events. “Based upon customer response and the projects we are currently involved with, we see great opportunities for our SPD-Smart aerospace and transportation windows and cabin dividers,” says Carl Putman, CEO of Vision Systems. “Because of this, we have invested over $750,000 to further upgrade our factory in France and establish a dedicated production facility for SPD-Smart Nuance and Noctis products which will be completed in July of this year. The addition of a second factory in the United States will give Vision Systems the ability expand our production capacity even more, shorten delivery cycles, produce in a dollar-based country and provide even greater value to our customers worldwide.” Vision Systems’ SPD-Smart Nuance and Noctis aerospace windows offer instant and precise light-control that provides original equipment manufacturers and private aircraft owners with the ability to instantly and uniformly control the amount of light and heat entering the cabin. This solar protection solution enhances flying comfort and supports fuel efficiency. Vision Systems’ SPD-Smart products for aircraft and helicopters are impact-resistant, completely silent, and available in flat and curved surfaces. Noctis offers on-demand blackout solar protection and complete privacy as needed, and can be used for both aerospace window shades and cabin dividers. EDMUND OPTICS RECOGNIZED AS A TOP WORKPLACE IN 2012 BARRINGTON, NJ—Edmund Optics (EO), a provider of optical components, was named one of the top workplaces for 2012 in the Philadelphia region based on an independent survey conducted on behalf of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com. “We are extremely pleased to receive this recognition,” says Robert Edmund, CEO. “As a business leader in our industry, we are both gratified and honored to know that this ranking was received based on the feedback of our employees.” Workplace Dynamics, who conducted the survey, invited employees of 1,640 companies around the region to rate their bosses and companies. Edmund Optics, who was named a Top Workplace for the third year in a row, was recognized in the mid-size company category for their strengths in five key areas of the workplace: • Direction—Assessment of the company’s values, leaders and strategy; • Execution—Assessment of how the company communicates and gets work done; • Career –Opportunities for training and progression; • Managers—Quality of management and managerial skills; and • Pay and benefits—Assessment of employee compensation for work done. MACHINE VISION MARKET GREW 5% IN NORTH AMERICA IN 2011 ANN ARBOR, MI—Sales of machine vision components and systems in North America climbed 5% in 2011 to nearly $1.9 billion, according to new figures released by AIA, the industry’s global trade group. “We’re encouraged by the growth of the market in 2011,” says Jeff Burnstein, president of AIA. “As vision becomes more critical to a growing number of industries we expect to see continued growth in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors.” Paul Kellett, AIA’s director of market analysis, added “The growth in machine vision sales in 2011 was consistent with the historical trend line of this market. Year after year, sales continue to increase along this trend line because of machine vision’s powerful value proposition of increased efficiency, enhanced product quality and greater cost containment.” Kellett noted that sales of machine vision components, including smart cameras, grew 13%. Application specific systems grew just 2%. He also pointed out that the first half of the year was much stronger than the second half, as overall economic growth began to slowdown.
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