Planar debuts trade-friendly flat-panel monitors

Planar Systems has tapped a number of government resellers to offer a new line of flat-panel displays that satisfy the government's manufacturing requirements.

Planar's PQ1710M and PQ1910M LCD flat-panel displays, 17-inch and 19-inch products respectively, comply with the Trade Agreements Act (TAA), according to the company. TAA requires that products offered through the General Services Administration schedules ' and other government vehicles ' are built in countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement.

Most of Planar's manufacturing is done in non-TAA countries, according to Rob Baumgartner, director of marketing and operations for Planar's Commercial Business Unit. The PQ products, however, are manufactured by a Planar supplier in South Korea. Baumgartner estimates that probably less than 10 percent of the company's displays are TAA compliant.

Planar identified CDW, Insight, PC Mall and MPC as among the resellers that either currently carry Planar products via the GSA schedule or are in the process of adding the company's products. Planar began making in roads in the government flat-panel display market in 2004.

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John Moore is a freelance writer based in Syracuse, N.Y.

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