Wrapping up SID 2004: Attendance, sales up
Numbers were up on all fronts at the 2004 Society for Information Display Symposium, Seminar, and Exhibition, held in May in Seattle.
Numbers were up on all fronts at the 2004 Society for Information Display Symposium, Seminar, and Exhibition, held in May in Seattle. Overall attendance was 6,500, up from 5,600 a year ago, reported convention management. The additional one-day SID business conference drew 705 registrants, compared to 404 in 2003. Attendance at the technical symposium was up 20%.
In addition to attendance improvements, display sales are also exploding, SID reports. Revenue from the sale of LCD panels for primary applications is expected to reach $42.3 billion in 2004, up more than 51% from 2003, said Barry Young, cfo for market research firm DisplaySearch . Trends observed by SID at the conference include the profusion of large LCD panels for television, ever-increasing size of PDPs (plasma display panels), technological innovation and increasing image quality in small panels for cell phones and other mobile applications, and a continually growing importance of touch interfaces.
The next SID symposium is scheduled for May 22-27, 2005, in Boston. SID is a major international display event devoted to displays, display products, display materials and components, and display applications.
—Jeanine Katzel, senior editor, Control Engineering, email@example.com