Thinfilm and Xerox Corp. recently joined the NFC Forum—a non-profit industry association that advances the use of NFC technology—along with 19 other businesses.
Both Xerox and Thinfilm join the consortium as principal members—the next-to-top-tier level of NFC Forum membership that allows members to designate candidates for forum leadership positions and to appoint one voting representative to each committee and working group.
“Like the NFC global ecosystem, the NFC Forum thrives on diverse industry perspectives and insights,” NFC Forum Chairman Koichi Tagawa said. “We welcome and look forward to the unique contributions that Thinfilm, Xerox, and our other new members will bring to the organization.”
Thin Film Electronics, the first to commercialize printed rewritable memory, is currently developing products that will include memory, sensing, display and wireless communication, such as NFC.
“Thinfilm believes strongly in building ecosystem partnerships,” Thinfilm CEO Davor Sutija said. “The NFC Forum is an extraordinary way to bring together industry leaders from different areas of the ecosystem to foster shared vision and mutually beneficial collaborations.”
Xerox, headquartered in Connecticut, employs more than 140,000 people and provides services to clients in 160 countries. The company specializes in business process and document management, as well as printing equipment and software for commercial and government organizations.
“Our active participation in the NFC community will further enhance the ability of Xerox products, services and technologies to make life simpler for our customers,” Steve Schlonski, the vice president of global technology and offerings development at Xerox, said. “Making that association easier into a world of connected technology is central to our business process.”