Italian press manufacturer Omet and Matik, Inc., its North American distributor, have announced the start of a partnership agreement with the Printability and Graphic Communications Institute (ICI) of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Omet will supply ICI's laboratories with a new combination printing press, which ICI will use to develop and prototype production solutions in the rapidly emerging field of printable electronics.
Printable electronics includes all electronics systems, subsystems and components produced using low-cost coating, patterning and printing processes with inorganic and organic materials. The potential global market for printable electronics is large and growing quickly, with a diversity of applications including flexible solar cells, batteries and sensors. Additional possible applications include lighting products, smart packaging and displays, most of which can be produced by a combination of printing processes onto a flexible substrate.
"OMET's partnership with ICI provides the opportunity to advance printed electronics and explore new applications that can be adapted globally," says Steven Leibin, executive vice president, business development, Matik. "These developments will benefit many industries and companies within North America."
The adoption of printing technologies to produce flexible electronic circuits will greatly reduce costs, as well as deliver faster product development and speed-to-market. The ability to develop new products using conventional printing mediums offers great value to the printed-electronics industry.
Omet will adapt standard features of its press to the specific requirements of the new printed electronics market.