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Smartkem selects CPI as support partner

Smartkem and CPI have a history of collaborative work through dedicated team already based within the facility meant they were a natural fit to work on the FLEXTRANS project

6 Jul 2017 | Editor

Smartkem has announced they have selected the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) as a support partner to SmartKem for the accelerated pre-production of a new generation of low power, flexible display-based products through a new EU-funded project called FLEXTRANS.

FLEXTRANS is a two-year programme, led by SmartKem, that has been developed to support the transition to market of the company's truFLEX thin film transistor (TFT) platform for the manufacture of high performance active matrix display backplanes on glass or plastic for flexible LCD and OLED displays.

SmartKem has a long-standing relationship with CPI. SmartKem, which is headquartered in St Asaph, Wales, has a dedicated team based at the CPI facility in Sedgefield, UK and has recently completed the build and certification of a Gen 2.5 OTFT slot coat pilot line within the facility.

CPI is a "centre of excellence and technological innovation" established to support the UK process manufacturing industry. Through collaborative working, CPI supports universities, SMEs and large corporates to overcome innovation challenges by access to state of the art facilities and services to enable the development of next generation products and processes.

Through a combination of intensive commercial technology transfer and the creation of pre-production prototypes, the Eur 2.65 million FLEXTRANS project aims to accelerate the market entry of a new benchmark in low power, ultra-thin and lightweight OLED and LC displays for wearable, mobile and electronic based applications.

These differentiated products have been forecast to be a key factor in driving high-growth in the global display industry, creating an acceleration in the demand for European chemical, scientific and IP based solutions.

FLEXTRANS is a multi-party project involving several European pioneers in the display industry. It is co funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union.

Flextrans/Smartkem - Flexible backplanes

Figure: Flextrans/Smartkem - Flexible backplanes

Peter Tune, Commercial & Bid Manager, Printable Electronics, at CPI said, "We are committed to supporting our partners every step of the way, from concept to market and we are thrilled to be working with SmartKem on the FLEXTRANS project. We already have a very successful relationship with the SmartKem team and feel honoured to be part of a unique and innovative project which is focused on transferring European expertise to Asia."
Dr. Mike Cowin, head of strategic marketing at SmartKem, said, "At the core of the FLEXTRANS project is the transfer of European technology and expertise in organic semiconductors to Asia where our commercial partners can scale up this new standard in display production." Mike added, "We are delighted to be expanding our work with CPI. Our history of collaborative work through our dedicated team already based within the facility meant they were a natural fit to work with us on the FLEXTRANS project. There is no doubt that the operational and technical support they can provide will prove invaluable in ensuring FLEXTRANS is a success."

www.smartkem.com    www.uk-cpi.com    www.flextrans.eu   


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. The company uses applied knowledge in science and engineering combined with state of the art development facilities to enable its clients to develop, prove, prototype and scale up the next generation of products and processes.

Established to support the UK process manufacturing industry, CPI collaborates with universities, SMEs and large corporations to help overcome innovation challenges. Operating across a broad range of technologies, partners are supported at every stage; from concept to market; business support to technology development; and from scale up to supply chain intervention.

CPI consists of dedicated national innovation centres that support industrial biotechnology and biorefining, printable electronics, biologics and formulation. The centres enable advancements in major markets such as healthcare, electronics, food and drink, aerospace, automotive, materials, and energy. These world leading, digitally enabled and open access facilities are available for partners to get their products and processes to market quickly with minimal risk. Utilising strong networks, CPI brings together a range of partners in the delivery of innovation projects, with a common goal of strengthening the UK’s position in High Value Manufacturing.

Source: Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

About Flextrans (EU Project)

FLEXTRANS is a two-year programme that is accelerating the adoption of organic semiconductors as a universal thin film transistor (TFT) backplane platform. This platform will be used for flexible and curved mobile, embedded and large area OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) and LCD (Liquid Crystal) displays.

Source: Flextrans (EU Project)

About SmartKem

SmartKem’s market leading truFLEX® semiconductor platform enables robust, low power, low cost displays across multiple form factors on both glass and plastic including flat, bendable, flexible and foldable.

The opportunity that SmartKem’s technology platform and vision represents was reflected by a successful Series A funding round and continued financial commitment and backing from leading investors including BASF Venture Capital, Octopus Ventures, Finance Wales and Entrepreneurs Fund since 2014. The syndicate’s investment has enabled further development and market penetration of SmartKem’s record breaking truFLEX® semiconductor platform, accelerating the technology towards full commercialisation.

SmartKem’s accolades include a Printed Electronics Asia award for Best Advanced Material Development and 2015 Innovative Product of the Year for Wales. The company was a finalist in the prestigious R&D100 Awards in 2015.

Source: SmartKem


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