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GSI wins printed electronics award

April 29, 2008

Developments in printed electronics have earned GSI Technologies an award in a fledgling industry.

GSI Technologies, Burr Ridge, IL, USA, a producer of industrial graphics products and printed electronics components, has been honored with the Best Commercialization Award from IDTechEX Printed Electronics Europe.

More than 600 delegates from 28 countries were present at the IDTechEX event recently in Dresden, Germany. The Printed Electronics Awards were established to recognize excellence in business achievement, innovation and success. The judges were looking for companies that had created a successful business selling printed electronics products.

GSI Technologies is a manufacturer of a variety of functional printed products, including medical devices, smart card inlays, printed displays, EL lamps and antennae. Its largest printed electronic product line is a biomedical sensor with a production volume greater than 1 billion units per year and a percentage yield of >99.5 percent, monitored with real-time SPC and 100 percent automated visual inspection.

Adam Laubach, CTO and GM of the Functional Printing division, accepted the award on behalf of GSI. “I am proud to accept this award on behalf of our customers who brought us the opportunities and entrusted us to deliver their development and production needs; our engineers and production personnel; and our investors who supported the vision. This success is an example of our ‘Lab to Fab’ model that GSI has been practicing in functional printing for the last 10 years.”

Jack Kraemer, President and CFO stated, “We are proud of our collective manufacturing results to date and continue to focus our company resources in the exciting printed electronics market.”

GSI Technologies was founded in 1985 as Graphic Solutions International by siblings Suzanne and Bob Zaccone. Through the years, it expanded into printing pressure sensitive labels, aluminum nameplates, polycarbonate panels, and conductive printed products for the medical market.

Later, it began producing RFID antennas, medical electrodes, smart cards, RFID systems, and electroluminescent lamps and printed displays.  Since 2005, it has been a part of Thrall Enterprises, a family owned holding company with corporate offices in Chicago.