IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe 2008 Awards Announced
Ciba won the IDTechEx Technical Development Materials Award for developing a broad range of conductive inks to allow low cost printing of conductive structures on diverse substrates. XYMARA™ Electra inks most impressive advantages are the low drying temperatures and good line definition. The low drying temperature of the inks - down to 70° C - allows customers to print with excellent adhesion on a large number of substrates. The inks can be printed at high speeds with superior line definition and spacing down to 80 µm.
PolyIC won the IDTechEx Product Development Award, for realizing the world’s first printed RFID tag presented in September 2007. This tag is the first product of the PolyIC product line PolyID®. It consists of roll-to-roll printed transponder chips based on the polymer semiconductor polythiophene printed on flexible polyester film. The chips are mounted on a low-cost antenna and work at the high-frequency range of 13.56 MHz.
For the IDTechEx Best Commercialisation Award, the judges were looking for companies that had created a successful business selling printed electronics products. The award was won by GSI Technologies, a manufacturer of a variety of functional printed products including medical devices, smart card inlays, EL lamps and antennas. Its largest product line is biomedical sensors, with a production quantity of greater than 1 Billion units/year and a % yield of >99.5%, monitored with real-time SPC and 100% automated visual inspection.
Adam Laubach, CTO and GM of the Functional Printing™ division had this to say as he accepted the award: “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; engineers and production personnel; and investors. This success is an example of our “Lab to Fab™” model that GSI has been practicing in functional printing for about 10 years.”