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Pragmatic Printing set to establish billion-unit production capacity for flexible ICs by 2018

The First "FlexLogIC" fab-in-a-box system being commissioned aims to enable mass market roll-out of intelligence for everyday items

8 May 2017 | Editor

Pragmatic Printing (Pragmatic) has secured agreements for installation of its first "FlexLogIC" system capable of producing billions of flexible integrated circuits.

FlexLogic is a self-contained, fully automated, modular "fab-in-a-box" for high throughput manufacturing of flexible plastic semiconductor devices. With the concept announced a year ago, Pragmatic has now completed design and engineering work, and the final specification delivers both higher capacity and lower production cost than the original concept.

The first system will be collocated with Pragmatic's existing pilot production in Sedgefield, County Durham, in facilities leased from the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) at the UK's National Printable Electronics Centre.

All equipment orders have been placed, and initial deliveries are already on site. The system will be commissioned through 2017 ready for volume production in early 2018.

Pragmatic Printing/CPI - National Printable Electronics Centre

Figure: Pragmatic Printing/CPI - National Printable Electronics Centre

The FlexLogIC system will enable PragmatIC to deliver on the commercial promise of its unique technology platform, producing flexible integrated circuits in the volumes needed for mass-market roll-out across initial target markets including labels, packaging, fast moving consumer goods, toys and games.
Scott White, Chief Executive Officer, PragmatIC, said, "Flexible electronic devices have opened up new applications that were previously not possible with conventional silicon chips, but the benefits can only be realised if they achieve the right cost point and scalable capacity needed for billions of circuits and beyond. These agreements mark a major milestone in PragmatIC's ambition to make smart objects truly viable in consumer markets." Scott concluded, "We are excited to have all the pieces in place for scaling up our production capacity and delivering flexible integrated circuits to our customers in mass-market quantities."
John Cocker, Director of Printable Electronics at the Centre for Process Innovation, said, "Our mission at CPI is to provide the environment for UK companies to accomplish their innovation ambitions. Having already worked closely with PragmatIC for many years, this takes our collaboration to the next stage by supporting the development of their FlexLogIC system for high volume production."

www.pragmaticprinting.com    www.uk-cpi.com    www.flexlogic.systems    


About Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

CPI is a UK-based technology innovation centre and the process arm of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Established to support the UK process manufacturing industry, CPI collaborates with universities, SMEs and large corporates to help overcome innovation challenges and develop next generation products and processes. Operating across a broad range of technologies, we support our partners at every step of the way; from concept to market; business support to technology development; from scale up to supply chain intervention.

Source: Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

About Pragmatic Printing

Pragmatic is a world leader in ultra-low-cost flexible electronics, enabling the potential for trillions of "smart objects" that can sense and communicate with their environment. Pragmatic's unique technology platform enables integrated circuits thinner than a human hair that can be easily embedded in any surface, introducing interactivity into a wide range of everyday items.

At a fraction of the price of conventional silicon chips, Pragmatic's products are being adopted by a growing base of multi-national customers across diverse sectors including consumer goods, packaging, security printing, and mainstream electronics.

Pragmatic is headquartered in Cambridge, England and has a production facility based at the UK's National Printable Electronics Centre in Sedgefield.

Source: Pragmatic Printing


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