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DisplaySearch Announces US FPD Conference Keynotes

DisplaySearch announced the keynote speakers for its 13th annual US FPD Conference, which will be held on March 1-2, 2011 in San Diego, CA.

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US FPD Conference Keynotes to Address Economic Recovery and the Future of CE Retail

University of San Diego Professor James D. Hamilton and Goldman Sach’s Matthew J. Fassler Set the Stage for This Year’s Event

SANTA CLARA, CALIF, February 2, 2011 — DisplaySearch unveiled today the keynote speakers for its 13th annual US FPD Conference “Display Industry Growth: Get Back to Where It Once Belonged” on March 1-2, 2011 in San Diego, California. Specifically, James D. Hamilton, Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego, and Matthew J. Fassler, Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs and Company, will share their insights and unique perspectives on recovering from the recession and the future of consumer electronics retail, respectively. Each presentation will highlight key trends relevant to that day’s sessions; Day 1 covering global supply chains and technology, and Day 2 covering end markets.

”We’re pleased to welcome Professor Hamilton and Mr. Fassler, who will set the stage at our upcoming US FPD Conference,” noted Paul Semenza, DisplaySearch Senior Vice President of Analyst Services. “Through both his academic work and his blog, Econbrowser, Professor Hamilton is known for his analysis of business cycles and macroeconomics. Mr. Fassler’s investment research into electronics retail, including consumer electronics and office supplies, affords him a unique perspective on retail trends.”

Tuesday, March 1: “Will there be a Great Recovery from the Great Recession?” James D. Hamilton, Professor of Economics at University of California, San Diego

Professor Hamilton will discuss his views on the Great Recession of 2007-2009. The financial instability and collapse in the housing market are without precedent in recent US experience, and monetary policy is completely powerless to provide the boost to economic activity that helped get us out of other recessions. The balance sheets of both consumers and firms will take time to recover, and unemployment will come down painfully slowly in the US. Prospects for inflation in the newly industrialized countries are quite different from those in the developed economies. Challenges ahead include European sovereign debt, China’s property bubble, and unwinding the foreclosures, public debts, and the Federal Reserve’s bloated balance sheet in the US.

Wednesday, March 2: “CE Retail: What Kind of Future?” Matthew J. Fassler, Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs and Company

Mr. Fassler will provide an overview on how traditional CE retailers have struggled to drive profitable growth, despite an economic recovery, amidst product cycle volatility and significant emerging channel shifts. During the presentation he will discuss what the macro backdrop says about the sales outlook and how evolving TV dynamics like new features and ASP declines can impact channel share. In addition Mr. Fassler will share his thoughts on how retailers can monetize emerging technologies by participating in new revenue streams that offset the impact of falling ASPs, as well as if tablets will enhance or undermine traditional big-box retailers.

The 13th annual DisplaySearch US FPD Conference will take place March 1-2, 2011 at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, California. With a two-day lineup of speakers representing the display and electronics supply chain, the event will also feature sessions on topics that are vital to the entire supply chain:

* Supply Chain Outlook/Panel
* Touch/Interactive Displays
* Advanced Display Technologies
* Personal Computing
* Mobility
* TV
* Connected TV to Smart TV

The 13th annual DisplaySearch US FPD Conference will focus on all major and emerging flat panel display applications, as well as key components and materials related to the supply chain. To view the detailed agenda and register, visit

Event Highlights
Complimentary Meetings: Register today and reserve a complimentary meeting with one of our global experts on display technology, TVs, notebook PCs, and materials and connected intelligence.

Be A Winner: Fill out the electronic event evaluation surveys provided throughout the two-day event and be entered into a raffle to win a Kindle e-book reader with the latest E Ink Pearl display or an E Ink watch.

Special Event: Join us as we gather on Tuesday, March 1 to network with analysts, speakers, sponsors, press and other attendees at the rooftop bar Float.

Accommodations: This year’s conference hotel is the Hard Rock in San Diego. A special conference hotel room rate of $209 is available until February 7. All reservations must be made by this date.

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities: The US FPD Conference offers a wide variety of sponsorship options including table-top exhibits and your logo on promo items given to all attendees. For more information, visit or contact Laura Castellano at or 1.408.226.1101.

About DisplaySearch
Since 1996, DisplaySearch has been recognized as a leading global market research and consulting firm specializing in the display supply chain, as well as the emerging photovoltaic/solar cell industries. DisplaySearch provides trend information, forecasts and analyses developed by a global team of experienced analysts with extensive industry knowledge. In collaboration with its parent company the NPD Group, DisplaySearch uniquely offers a true end-to-end view of the display supply chain from materials and components to shipments of electronic devices with displays to sales of major consumer and commercial channels. For more information on DisplaySearch analysts, reports and industry events, visit us at Read our blog at and follow us on Twitter at @DisplaySearch.

About The NPD Group, Inc.
The NPD Group is the leading provider of reliable and comprehensive consumer and retail information for a wide range of industries. Today, more than 1,800 manufacturers, retailers, and service companies rely on NPD to help them drive critical business decisions at the global, national, and local market levels. NPD helps our clients to identify new business opportunities and guide product development, marketing, sales, merchandising, and other functions. Information is available for the following industry sectors: automotive, beauty, commercial technology, consumer technology, entertainment, fashion, food and beverage, foodservice, home, office supplies, software, sports, toys, and wireless. For more information, contact us or visit and Follow us on Twitter at @npdtech and @npdgroup.