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SmartKem collaborates with CPI to support customer pre-production

This three year collaboration aims to develop customer pre-production prototypes featuring SmartKem’s tru-FLEX thin film transistors

19 Feb 2015 | Editor

SmartKem has announced a collaboration programme with the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) for the development of pre-production prototypes featuring the SmartKem unique range of semiconductor inks for the manufacture of ultra flexible thin film transistors (TFT). The three year agreement will see a scaling-up of SmartKem activities; driving customer development programs for the manufacture of unbreakable and foldable displays and electronics.

According to the announcement SmartKem tru-FLEX inks offer, for the first time, transistors with outstanding electrical performance, unparalleled physical flexibility and the chance to manufacture at room temperature onto any surface type. As such, electronic TFT arrays can be printed at low cost with extremely high throughput, making tru-FLEX technology the leading candidate for the manufacture of new form factor consumer devices such as bendy smartwatch displays and foldable mobile phones.

Steve Kelly, CEO of SmartKem Ltd, "This collaboration supports our on-going activity of delivering tru-FLEX to meet market demand." Steve added "We have established the potential of the technology and proven its position as a total technology solution over competing TFT materials. Now in conjunction with our customers, we’re moving towards manufacturing pre-production demonstrators. We have a long established track record of development work with CPI since SmartKem was founded in 2009. It has proven invaluable to have access to such a well equipped facility that offers us the ability to validate our technology in a confidential environment. We are very excited to have secured a long term agreement with such a high profile industry partner."
Nigel Perry, CEO of CPI, said, "at CPI we are committed to providing leaders in the field of flexible electronics, like SmartKem, with a means to develop their technology safe in the knowledge that we are an independent development partner. Having a centralised facility offers customers the ability to develop and test prototypes at our labs and focus on what they do best. Having created such a significant uptake in the market, we are excited to be able to support SmartKem in transferring its landmark tru-FLEX technology platform into their pre-production pipeline; ultimately enabling ultra-flexible display technology."

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About SmartKem

SmartKem is the leading supplier of high performance flexible organic semiconductor materials for the manufacture of flexible displays and electronics. SmartKem’s tru-FLEX semiconductors can be solution processed onto lightweight low cost polymer films to deliver truly flexible thin film transistors.

SmartKem’s core offering responds to the demand for low cost, low energy, lightweight, rugged electronics that can be manufactured at room temperature by a range of manufacturing methods and ultimately by roll to roll printing.

SmartKem has an unrivalled pipeline of new materials that are under adoption via OEMS and Brand owners and a business model that focuses on delivering expertise in molecular design, synthesis, application engineering and technology transfer to our customers. In 2013 SmartKem was awarded the Printed Electronics Asia Award for Best Advanced Material Development.

Source: SmartKem

About Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

The Centre for Process Innovation is a UK-based technology innovation centre and part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. We use applied knowledge in science and engineering combined with state of the art development facilities to enable our clients to develop, prove, prototype and scale up the next generation of products and processes.

Source: Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

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