Staying Focused and
Committing to Innovation
--David Sarnoff Industrial Achievement Prize
Thank you, Chairman Dr. Wu.
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. It just occurred to me that my first time ever giving a speech in English, was the keynote speech I delivered at the Display Week 5 years ago. I would like to thank SID for giving me another chance to improve my “less-than-perfect” English. I made myself cue cards, in case I get stuck.
I am very grateful to the SID Honors and Awards Committee for giving me this award. It would not be possible without my colleagues at BOE, my industry partners and my family for all their support and help over the years.
BOE was founded 26 years ago, and since its founding day, we have never stopped growing. The key for us has been staying focused and committing to innovation.
I founded BOE when I was 36, now I’m 62. I have had one primary focus for 26 years, that is display. The idea of entering FPD industry came to me in 1994, when I realized that CRT would eventually be replaced. My first move was setting up a research team. After repeated study and analysis, in 1998 we decided to focus on TFT-LCD. This was not a fast or easy road for us to travel. From the initial idea to our first Gen5 TFT-LCD fab in 2003, it took us 8 years to think and plan. And till now we have been full engaged in this industry for 16 years.
I believe that you either don’t do something or you do it at your best-it is that philosophy that has guided BOE to where it is today. Over the years, we have stayed wholeheartedly and firmly focused on the display industry despite of the doubts and difficulties we faced along the way-and it’s paid off.
In 2018, BOE’s TFT-LCD shipments continued to rank number one in the world. Our shipments of LCD panels for mobile phones, tablets, notebooks, monitors and TVs ranked first globally. Meanwhile, BOE is also among top players in flexible AMOLED and micro-display.
Our leading position is helping our customers continue to deliver more and more innovative technologies and products.
Committing to innovation is the core of BOE’s culture. Through persistent innovation, we provide our customers with products and services of increasingly better technologies, quality and cost performance.
BOE has been always investing a lot in R&D; Our patent applications continue to grow each year, exceeding 9,000 in 2018. For three years in a row, BOE has ranked among TOP 10 in International PCT Applications released by WIPO. We are also among TOP20 in USPTO Patent Assignees released by IFI Claims, ranking 17th in 2018.
We will never stop aiming higher. We are speeding up transformation towards AIoT and smart healthcare businesses through innovative technologies and products. We’ve made great progress so far, and welcome deeper collaboration with our global partners to achieve industry breakthroughs by win-win solutions.
Looking back at BOE’s history, I am really proud that we have developed an excellent team, who have been driven by the culture of staying focused and committing to innovation. I have full faith in BOE’s bright future, whether I am at the helm or not.
As for myself, I am still vibrant, open and curious, and will continue to pursue my drive and passion for innovation.
Thank you again!