Consortium

Consortium Partners

Consortium Partners

The consortium includes all areas of printed electronics manufacture (machinery design and manufacture, ink formulation and printing) as well as leading research institutes within these sectors required to deliver an ambitious project of this nature. The consortium contains 4 end-users who will validate the ESJET technology in a relevant industrial environment (TRL 6). These end-users are either major suppliers to the global market (A3, Infineon and Piher) or an SME supplying high added value, niche products to the end-market (Zytronic). These are supported by leading research institutes across the complete knowledge space: QMUL (ESJET fundamental analysis), IAP, IMEC and TNO (OLED displays and lighting) and NTCW (printing development and scale-up).

The other industrial partners within the consortium are all drawn from the supply chain for the manufacture of the ESJET, sintering / drying and automated optical inspection and repair systems and nano-particle filled ink manufacture.: PVI (ESJET system design and manufacture), Orbotech (sintering / dying and automated inspection and repair) and IML (Nano-materials and ink formulation and production).

The final consortium member, BNN, is a nano-safety partner that will ensure that all aspects of the work will conform to the “Safe by Design” approach for the technological development. We believe the HI-RESPONSE consortium is scientifically excellent with a strong industrial focus, our partners complement each other and the project provides them an opportunity to work together to deliver a robust solution, enabling the further adoption of the ESJET technology into the European printed electronics sector.

Precision Varionic International Ltd (pvi): PVI (www.pvi.co.uk) is an SME company which designs and manufactures automotive position sensors and throttle pedals for some of the world's most iconic marques. Since 1990, in partnership with Bosch, they have delivered sensors to Fiat, Mercedes, Volvo, Volkswagen and Smart. In 2000 they developed a fully integrated pedal and shipped more than one million pieces annually to Ford in the USA. In Europe some of their main customers are McLaren and Aston Martin. PVI have licenced the ESJET technology for exploitation within the automotive sector and are now leading the developments of the ESJET technology. PVI will concentrate on the engineering design, manufacture and application of the ESJET system to commercial reality.
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research (IAP): IAP is the leading organisation for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 67 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. IAP has International collaborations with excellent research partners and innovative companies around the world to ensure direct access to regions of the greatest importance to present and future scientific progress and economic development. IAP works in the field of polymer material development and characterisation including a broad field of applications and up-scaling to the pilot scale and pilot processing.
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM VZW (IMEC): IMEC is one of the largest independent R&D institutes world-wide. IMEC performs scientific research which runs 3 to 10 years ahead of industrial needs. The most important scientific activities are concentrated on the development of technologies for: (1) Advanced CMOS devices; (2) Smart System and Energy; (3) Life sciences. IMEC’s R&D strategy is based on three pillars: Firstly, IMEC co-operates closely with world-leading companies and research centres all over the world in a cost-sharing model. Secondly, IMEC performs education and training of experts in the field of microelectronics through its microelectronics training centre and through Master and Ph.D. thesis (about 250 PhD students and visiting scientists in 2013). Finally, IMEC has a strong network of university connections to employ the available competence as optimally as possible, on research and development as well as on training. IMEC has created 27 spin-off companies in its 30 years of existence.
Holst Centre, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO): TNO is an independent applied research institution. TNO maintains close contacts with universities and basic research institutions in order to translate up-to-date knowledge and insights into practical applications. Clients include government, large companies and SME’s. TNO will contribute to this project via its Business Unit Holst Centre. Holst Centre is an independent open-innovation R&D centre that develops generic technologies for Wireless Autonomous Sensor Technologies and Flexible Electronics
Queen Mary, University of LondonUniversity ranked 11 out of ~150 UK HEIs for research by the recent UK research assessment exercise; overall engaged in research and teaching. QMUL is a member of the School of Engineering and Materials Science who is the original IP holder of the ESJET technology. As the initial originator of the ESJET technology, QMUL will play a central role in the HI-RESPONSE project in development of the multi-channel print head. QMUL will provide key elements of the development to take it from TRL4 to TRL6. QMUL will address the critical scientific issues underlying print performance and reliability.
Advanced Automotive Antennas S L A3 is an independent industrial group founded in 1949, engaged in the research, development, production and commercialisation of automotive systems and components. Based in Barcelona (Spain), the A3 Group has a global team of 8500 professionals and a presence in 19 countries around the world over 3 continents. A3 is currently the official supplier and technological partner of the main car manufacturers worldwide. A3 allocates 4% of its profit to R&D activities. A3 employs a highly qualified team of specialised engineers and technicians and state-of-the-art electronic and mechatronic technology to develop its products. The research activity and high level of innovation of A3 Group includes a portfolio of around 400 valid patents.
ADVANCED AUTOMOTIVE ANTENNAS, S.L. is 100% owned by A3, and it will act as the legal entity participating in the project.
Orbotech Orbotech (www.orbotech.com) is principally engaged in the design, development, manufacture, marketing and service of yield-enhancing and production solutions for specialised applications in the supply chain of the electronics industry. Orbotech is a world leader in its field and has various products include automated optical inspection (“AOI”) machines, production and process control systems for bare printed circuit boards (“PCB”s), imaging solutions for PCB production and AOI, Laser direct imaging (LDI), repair of PCB (AOR) and AOI, test and repair systems for flat panel displays (“FPD”s). It is involved in recent years in developmental work of non-contact metallisation technologies based on direct laser transfer printing, laser direct sintering and large area metallisation. This bears increasing importance for R2R type of applications related to the emerging field of printed and flexible electronics.
INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRIA AG Infineon Technologies is a globally operating company whose semiconductor and system solutions address three central needs of society: energy efficiency, mobility and security. Headquartered in Villach, Infineon Technologies Austria AG belongs to the Infineon Technologies Group. In the last decades it has established itself as a key, Austria-based Company vested with global responsibilities. Thus, over recent years, Infineon has expanded its activities in Austria, particularly in the Automotive, Power Management & Industrial Power Control and chip card and Security business segments. Infineon’s strong technology portfolio, with about 21.000 patents and applications, is characteristic for the company. Over 333 newly filed patents for Infineon Technologies Austria AG during the business year 2013/14 indicate the innovative power of the company. An international team of staff from some 60 nations is engaged in the research, development and production of microchips and contributes to the company’s success at the Villach, Klagenfurt, Graz, Linz and Vienna sites. In Villach the Innovation Fab provides top level semiconductors. It is estimated that Infineon has more than 10% of the world power semi-conductor market.
Zytronic Displays Ltd Zytronic is an established manufacturer of touch sensors with over 30 years’ experience, based in Tyne & Wear in the UK. The company operates from a single site comprising three modern factory premises in Blaydon upon Tyne, United Kingdom, Zytronic produce a range of projected capacitive technology (PCT™ and MPCT™) touch interactive products which are used in electronic displays for information kiosks, ATM's, ticketing and gaming machines, as well as by military, computer, telecommunications and medical manufacturers. Their diverse range of touch sensor technology products are all based on their internationally award winning projected capacitive technology, providing a highly durable and stable range of touch products where the sensing element is uniquely embedded behind the first surface of the touch substrate. The Zytronic in-house glass processing facilities include automated cutting, edge grinding, polishing and drilling equipment complemented by bending and thermal tempering ovens and silk-screen printing equipment. These facilities are complemented by the lamination, material science and electronics skills and expertise of our dedicated staff.
Zytronic also has in-house electro-plating and coating facilities which enable the production of optical filters to enhance the performance of information displays and provide anti-vandal protection, RFI/EMI filters to minimise electromagnetic emissions and interference from electronic displays and specialised laminated products for the defence, rail, road and automotive industries. The company operate stringent (ISO approved) quality controls and fast-response customer service and have an extensive world-wide network of agents and distributors Zytronic has developed projected capacitive technology (PCT) based touchscreens that are resistant to accidental damage and vandalism, do not drift in operation, consume low power, and aim to meet the cost and performance requirements of markets including point of sale, forecourt self-service, public information systems, security and banking. For example they are used in electronic displays for information kiosks, web phones and gaming machines, as well as by military, telecoms medical and lighting OEMs.
Piher Sensors & Controls SA Piher, a company founded in 1950 in Barcelona (Spain), is a specialist manufacturer of standard and custom controls and sensor solutions, also specialised in contactless technologies and outstanding track-record in electronic components in automotive, off-road, aerospace, industrial, marine, renewable energy and appliance sectors.
With 60 years of experience and a worldwide presence (more than 60 distributors in 38 countries), Piher can produce over 1 million components a day. The quality of its products allows us to be very competitive and strengthen its relationships with our partners and customers. Piher is dedicated to the design and manufacturing of electronic components. Located in Tudela, Spain, it employs around 250 people from which 19 are dedicated to R&D. Piher belongs to Meggitt, a global engineering group specialising in extreme environment components which employs around 10,000 people. Piher joins a prestigious list of organisations who prefer to do business with like-minded companies, those who demonstrate their commitment through internationally recognised standards such as ISO/TS 16949, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001
NanoTecCenter Weiz Forschungsgesellschaft mbH Non-profit R&D centre for “Organic Optoelectronics and Sensorics” founded in 2006 (shareholders: JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft GmbH, Graz University of Technology). Employs 19 scientists and staff plus bachelor/master students. The project portfolio reaches from contract research with industry in the inkjet development to applied research projects in the field of organic electronics and sensors. Research focus includes the development of inkjet-based graphic and electronic applications, optoelectronic and sensor devices (OLEDs, OTFTs, OPVs, etc.) and R&D in (organic) semiconductor material properties (incl. degradation and reliability issues).
Intrinsiq Materials Ltd Originally a subsidiary of QinetiQ, an aerospace and defence corporation, IML was founded in 2002. In the last few years the Company has increased its focus on materials for printed electronics. The company is continuing to develop its next generation of products based on magnetic, semiconducting, thermoelectric and phosphor nano-particles. The company has grown from 10 employees in 2008 to currently over 30, and has a research centre and manufacturing operation based in the UK. Intrinsiq is currently participating in a number of EU funded programmes including; CLIP, Power Driver, Steelcoat and PlastronicSpecs as well as previously been part of a number of EU funded nanomaterial safety consortia including Nanosafe and NanoRetox.
BioNanoNet Forschungsgesellschaft mbH The BioNanoNet Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (BNN) is an Austrian Network company which combines a wide range of expertise in numerous disciplines of medical and pharmaceutical research in nanomedicine and nanotoxicology. BNN created and is coordinating a broad technology platform by connecting leading companies, universities and non-university research organisations, aiming to drive innovative interdisciplinary research focused on health, environment and safety issues. Furthermore, BNN coordinates Austrian and international partners in the European Centre for Nanotoxicology (EURO-NanoTox), a virtual centre which deals with all aspects of human toxicology of nano-structured materials, provides toxicological information and establishes international standards.
BNN is also Austrian contact and dissemination point in NANOfutures, member of NanoSafetyCluster, and associated partner of the QualityNano-project. BNN is partner and part of the Management Team of the FP7 project SPIDIMAN and partner within the FP7 projects NANoREG (communication and dissemination activities) and NanoDiode (public engagement activities, education and responsible research and innovation). Additionally BNN has gained expertise in NANOFORCE project (Central Europe Program) leading the work package on safety testing on nanomaterials and exposure assessment. On national level BNN coordinated the project Nano-Health (administrative coordination) and addressed EHS-tasks as project leader of NanoProdEx (project management, technical work, dissemination and communication).

Capabilities

  • Droplet volume down to 0.001 Pico litres
  • ESJET will enables 10,000 dots per inch (dpi)
  • Can deposit a wide range of viscosities from 1 to 10,000 centipoise