Orbotech Ltd. is a global innovator of enabling technologies used to manufacture the world’s most sophisticated consumer and industrial electronic products. Orbotech is a leading provider of yield enhancement and production solutions for specialized applications in the supply chain of the electronics industry, including direct imaging (“DI”), automated optical inspection (“AOI”) and automated optical shaping (“AOS”) used to manufacture printed circuit boards (“PCB”s) and other electronic components; AOI, test, repair and process monitoring systems used to manufacture flat panel displays (“FPD”s); and etch, physical vapor deposition (“PVD”) and chemical vapor deposition (“CVD”) equipment used to manufacture micro-electro-mechanical systems (“MEMS”), advanced semiconductor packaging, power and radio frequency (“RF”) devices and high brightness light emitting diode (“HBLED”) devices.
Orbotech also develops non-contact metallization technologies based on direct laser transfer printing (LIFT), laser direct sintering and large area metallization. This bears increasing importance for Roll-to Roll (R2R) types of applications related to the emerging field of printed and flexible electronics.
The company’s revenue run rate is over $800M. Orbotech has ~2400 employees worldwide, with its headquarters and R&D center located in Yavne, Israel. Today, virtually every electronic device in the world is produced using Orbotech systems. For more information, visit http://www.orbotech.com/
Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO
TNO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO) is one of the major contract research organisations in Europe. With a staff of approximately 3000 and an annual turnover of 580 million Euros, TNO is carrying out research in order to achieve impact on the following seven themes: Healthy Living, Industrial Innovation, Transport and Mobility, Energy, Built Environment, Information Society, and Defence, Safety and Security. TNO functions as an intermediary between basic research organisations and industry. By translating scientific knowledge into practical applications, TNO contributes to the innovation capacity of businesses and government. TNO is involved in many international projects (about 30% of the market turnover), including EU-funded collaborations. In the theme of Industrial Innovation applied research is carried out for a wide range of industrial branches. The expertise covers the whole process from basic (material) research, design and engineering to manufacturing and testing of products and systems. The focus is on innovation in the areas of high-tech systems and materials, manufacturing, the sustainable chemical industry and space applications.
The Holst Centre branch of TNO is an independent open-innovation R&D centre that amongst others develops generic technologies for Flexible Electronics. It focuses on key enabling technologies to realize complex functional electronic devices on thin plastic foils. These technologies for example include printing, assembly and all kinds of patterning technologies. Located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. It also has its own facilities, primarily for roll-to-roll manufacturing (printing, assembly). Holst Centre has over 200 employees from 28 nationalities and a commitment from over 40 industrial partners.
TNO/Holst Centre has been an active and reliable partner in several EU-funded innovation and research. It is the coordinator of large EU project FP7-ICT-2012 Flex-O-Fab (Project No: 314362) and FP7-NMP-2011 Clean4Yield (Project No: 281027) bringing roll to roll fabricated OLEDs closer to the market. It is also involved in the IMOLA project (project no: 288377) and has been part of the Marie Curie ITN 238454 FlexSmell where smart wireless food labels were developed and Chip2Foil FP7-ICT from 2010 to 2013 where a Smart Blister demonstrator was developed.
National Technical University of Athens
The Department of Applied Physics of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) is focusing an essential part of its research activities on materials for optoelectronic applications. The research activities of the Physics department of the NTUA focus on laser materials processing for optoelectronics and biological applications. Between the main achievements of the NTUA group are the use of laser pulses to directly fabrication of organic thin film transistors, graphene printing for conductive lines and electrodes and the laser printing and sintering/curing of metallic inks (silver, copper) for applications in flexible electronics. The infrastructures of the NTUA for this project include independent Laser printing and sintering work stations, equipped with all that is necessary to facilitate the success of the experimental work in the frame of HIPERLAM. State of the art high speed camera will be utilized for the imaging of the printing process and materials and electrical characterization of the laser fabricated structures. Additionally, the Physics Department of the NTUA is equipped with field emission SEM, XRD, FTIR and AFM/STM, and Raman facilities. The NTUA group is currently involved in several EC funded research projects (Marie Curie LASERMICROFAB, ICT BIOFOS, ICT BIOCDx)
Oxford Lasers Ltd
Oxford Lasers is a UK small and medium enterprise (SME) laser systems integrator. The company designs and manufactures (i) turn-key laser micromachining systems for advanced manufacturing and (ii) high-speed laser imaging systems for particle/droplet sizing, velocity measurement and spray characterisation. It also provides high-quality subcontract laser micromachining and after sales services as well as laser applications consultancy. We are an Oxford University spinout (est. 1977) based in Didcot, UK and Boston, US and mainly active in microelectronics, semiconductor, automotive, pharmaceutical, medical device manufacturing and energy sectors. The Industrial Division that will participate in this project, leverages a highly skilled workforce that specialise in laser micro/nanoprocessing technology and in-house advanced laser system facilities to promote innovation and grow its laser micromachining portfolio and sales in newly emerging markets.
P.V. Nano Cell Ltd
PV Nano Cell Ltd. (OTCQB:PVNNF) is the developer of the Sicrys™ portfolio of conductive inks designed to exceed the demands of printed electronics inkjet applications. The Sicrys™ portfolio of inks include single crystal nanometric silver and copper based conductive inks built to deliver enhanced performance and enable additive manufacturing through digital printing in mass production applications. Sicrys™ inks can be used for many applications including printed circuit boards, antennas, sensors, smart cards, touchscreens, advanced packaging, photovoltaics and more. Established in 2009, PV Nano Cell is headquartered in Migdal HaEmek, Israel and has 11 employees.
Products- Sicrys™ single crystal nano-metric digital printing conductive inks offer high performance in the market. When digital printing processes are implemented with Sicrys™ inks, production becomes efficient and environmentally friendly, while also providing new design capabilities. Sicrys™ inks advantages include low costs, high stability and shelf life, robust printing, high throughputs, and enhanced electrical and adhesion properties.
Business Model and Strategy- PV Nano Cell maintains a wide network and close relationships with many of the largest inkjet equipment and process development manufacturers in the industry. The Company leverages these and other relationships to provide customers with one of the industry’s only comprehensive digital inkjet solutions. PV Nano Cell strives to provide customers with complete solutions to replace analog production processes like screen printing and in some cases photolithography. By working in conjunction with printer manufacturers, PV Nano Cell brings the printer together with the ink and process best suited for the customer’s needs, providing a complete solution.
In addition, PV Nano Cell’s deep understanding of the wide range of printing applications enables the Company to work efficiently with both OEMs and customers.
PV Nano Cell's Sicrys™ conductive ink is priced to support rapid growth and expansion of the digital conductive mass production printing industry. By implementing a “razor/blade” business model in the digital conductive printing field, PV Nano Cell assists customers in smoothly implementing these additive digital manufacturing processes.
IP – PV Nano Cell has filed patent applications over the world for its silver and copper single crystal nano particle inks. PV Nano Cell was awarded the IDTechEx 2015 Best Development in Materials for 3D Printing Award.
FlexEnable has pioneered the world’s first flexible electronics technology platform that allows electronics made of organic materials to be manufactured on flexible plastic film, the thickness of a sheet of paper. Compatible with existing manufacturing lines, it’s the key to truly flexible and cost effective electronics over large and small surfaces. The core applications of this technology are glass-free, flexible displays and sensors that enable game-changing products across a variety of industries including consumer electronics, mobile, wearables, automotive, medical and security.
Building on its industrially proven OTFT technology FlexEnable has developed a flexible fingerprint sensor that brings a step change to where and how biometrics can be used in our lives. The optical sensor can image both fingerprints and veins and is the only flexible sensor technology that has achieved 500 dots per inch (dpi) image resolution.
FlexEnable’s customers include OEMs, component manufacturers and materials suppliers. The company offers a comprehensive range of services-based packages for its technology platform including: ProductEnable™, MaterialsEnable™ and FabEnable™. For more information please visit www.flexenable.com or contact FlexEnable directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PragmatIC Printing Ltd
PragmatIC are internationally leading experts in flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs) using processes capable of nanoscale fabrication and metal oxide thin-films. PragmatIC is involved in a number of current InnovateUK projects (COSMOS, UNITED, PACES+, FastNCMOS, NEMATODE) in the area of printed electronics. PragmatIC has previously been involved in multiple successful TSB/InnovateUK projects (FlexIC, SIMPLE, ICONIC, FlexLOGO, RAIL, SAGE, TOFFEE, PEGS, FlexID, NCMOS, PACES, AUTOFLEX+, haRFest).
The core management team of Scott White (CEO), Richard Price (CTO), Gordon Campbell (CFO), Joao de Oliveira (VP Business Development), Catherine Ramsdale (VP Device Engineering) and Neil Davies (VP Process Engineering) provides PragmatIC with substantial experience in developing and commercialising early stage technology. PragmatIC is engaged with multiple blue-chip customers in addition to developing the supply chain for the technology.
PragmatIC has secured £18 million of funding in October 2016, including a strategic investment from Avery Dennison, a Fortune 500 company with leading global positions in labelling and packaging materials as well as radio frequency identification (RFID). Avery Dennison joins existing shareholders Cambridge Innovation Capital (CIC) and ARM, who also participated in the round. PragmatIC has received multiple industry awards, including in 2015 the National Microelectronics Institute (NMI) Emerging Technology Company of the Year Award and the Business Weekly Startup of the Year Award.
Kite Innovation (Europe) Ltd
KITE Innovation was established in 2006 to help bridge the gap between the academic and business sectors in supporting collaboration, enterprise, and knowledge-based business development. KITE provides hands-on practical support to all types of initiative in this business space. As an intermediary operating in the market space between business and academia, KITE interact with many R&D based businesses as well Universities and Research Institutes.
Our expertise in the management of FP7 and H2020 projects is offered to organisations that are coordinating projects. H2020 Project Management Support services cover all the management and reporting requirements of the Commission allowing the coordinator to focus on leading the scientific and research aspects of the project. All project managers possess scientific research backgrounds, and are trained in project management as well as H2020 requirements, ensuring that they can provide informed support in a wide variety of projects. In addition to the project management services, Kite specializes in coordinating Exploitation Planning activities at the project level. It does so by utilizing its specifically developed Exploitation Matrix (SQUADRONTM) which is a tool supporting the development of an IP exploitation strategy which aligns projects results and deliverables to the demands and opportunities of the market. Finally, Kite coordinates the delivery of the dissemination and communication strategy, with a team of qualified experts in marketing and graphic design. Kite builds onto the strengths of the scientific and research activities in its projects and delivers a professional service which supports the projects to excel in all activities.