TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) is one of the major contract research organisations in Europe. With a staff of approximately 3250 and an annual turnover of 564 million Euros. TNO is involved in many international projects, including EU-funded collaborations.
Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by TNO (The Netherlands) and IMEC (Belgium) with support from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Government of Flanders, and is an independent shared-innovation R&D centre that develops generic technologies for flexible electronics and for wireless autonomous transducer solutions. Holst Centre has major activities in the areas of flexible OLEDs, photovoltaics, transistor technology, sensor arrays and hybrid, thin-film stretchable and formable electronics. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia around shared roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs. Holst Centre is located on the High Tech Campus Eindhoven, and benefits from state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has around 200 full time researchers and more than 45 industrial partners.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP is one of 67 research institutes within the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the largest organisation for applied research in Europe. In July 2014 Fraunhofer FEP was merged with the former Fraunhofer COMEDD. The core competences of the FEP are novel device technologies in the field of organic electronics based on vacuum coating technologies, like thermal evaporation, pulse-magnetron-sputtering, plasma activated evaporation and plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition. FEP concentrates on applied, industry-oriented research both in public-funded joint projects as well as in direct research contracts with industrial companies. One major field of FEP is the coating of flexible products like polymer webs and metal foils. Both, high throughput plasma-assisted evaporation as well as high quality magnetron-sputtering are used to coat polymer surfaces with transparent conductive oxides, permeation barrier layers and optical layer stacks as well as metal surfaces with scratch resistant, electrical insulation or chemical protection layers. Based on the existing infrastructure FEP can offer product developments starting with the system concept till pilot fabrication level.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is a state owned and controlled non-profit limited liability company established by law and operating under the ownership steering of the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy.
VTT’s activities are focused on three areas: Knowledge intensive products and services, Smart industry and energy systems, and Solutions for natural resources and environment. VTT is impact-driven and from its wide multi-technological knowledge base, VTT can combine different technologies, produce information, upgrade technology knowledge, and create business intelligence and value added for its stakeholders.
VTT has a staff of 2600 and turnover M€279 (2013). Over the years, VTT has gained vast experience from participation in numerous European R&D Framework Programme projects and within various thematic programmes. VTT is ranked among the leading European RTOs.
CPI is the UK’s National Centre for Printed Electronics, designed to help companies to take their innovative ideas from concept to production. CPI offers world class, open access capability in the scale up and commercialisation of printable electronics applications such as flexible OLED lighting amongst others. The company’s facilities and expertise allow clients to understand how their products and processes perform under manufacturing conditions, accelerating their commercial realisation.
CPI’s Printable Electronics platform comprises a team of 60 professionals with a skill set ranging from industrial R&D expertise in organic electronics materials through to plastic electronics pilot manufacturing and yield improvement for higher volume electronics processing. CPI’s clean room and laboratory facilities include 1250m2 of Class 1000 and Class 100 Clean room space supported by fully equipped formulations, electrical test and R&D laboratories, hosting state of the art photolithography, thin film coating, inspection and test equipment enabling high yielding pilot production and process development.
M-Solv is a manufacturing equipment provider based in UK. We have strong R&D capabilities and develop novel processes for manufacturing large area electronic devices such as touch panels, photovoltaics, and printed electronics. We have, in particular, extensive experiences on laser processing of wide range of material systems. With our diverse capabilities of process development, M-Solv designs and builds our own range of innovative machines for laser structuring of thin films and deposition of materials by inkjet and spraying dielectric and conductive materials. Our major shareholder is CNi, a Hong Kong based manufacturer of components for consumer electronics. A large numbers of laser systems, designed and built by M-Solv, are used in CNi’s factory for mass production of capacitive touch panels. M-Solv also has our own small scale touch panel manufacturing line for bespoke and high-end applications.
Flexenable has pioneered the industrialisation of flexible displays based on its ground-breaking organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) technology platform. Flexenable's world‐leading R&D and advanced manufacturing teams have successfully built the first volume organic factory for plastic‐based displays in Dresden, Germany, which has achieved yields comparable to the LCD industry in only few years. FlexEnable’s organic technology makes possible the manufacture of glass-free, vivid colour and video rate displays. These plastic displays offer important advantages over conventional screens by being ultra-thin, ultra-lightweight, extremely flexible and hard‐wearing. FlexEnable has built its technology around commercially available production equipment to reduce lead times and the cost of manufacture.
FlexEnable offers a comprehensive range of services-based packages for its technology platform. These are specifically designed for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), component manufacturers, product developers and materials vendors, andinclude: ProductEnableTM, FabEnableTM and MaterialsEnableTM.
DuPont Teijin Films (DTF) is a 50:50 joint venture between DuPont and Teijin Limited. DuPont Teijin Films is a leading global producer of PET and PEN polyester films, specialising in film products and related services for the Healthcare, Photovoltaics, Durable Labels, Imaging Media, Flexible Electronics, Packaging, Electrical Insulation, Capacitors Industries and many more. The company has approx 2,500 employees in dedicated marketing, technical and manufacturing operations in every region of the world. Brand names include Mylar®, Melinex®, and Teijin® Tetoron® PET polyester film, and Teonex® PEN polyester film. The business includes existing joint ventures with DuPont-Hongji Films Foshan Co., Ltd., in China.
For more than 50 years DuPont Teijin Films has been putting leading-edge science to work to provide innovative filmic solutions for designers, engineers, specifies and end-users. We are a major supplier in the industry with an unmatched technology platform to continue bringing the most innovative solutions to serve customer needs, uniquely positioned to meet the requirements of markets ranging from packaging to industrial, electronics and specialities.
DTF technology group at Wilton comprises ca 65 technical personnel and is a major global DTF research centre. The Centre has a 1m wide semi tech facility, which makes film of a commercial quality.
The mission of the BOM is to create, improve, maintain and develop the industrial and economic structure in the Brabant region by offering professional services, such as access to finance, business development and foreign investments. Brabant is a region in the south of the Netherlands. The BOM offers four core activities, including:
- BOM Venture Capital: This department finances innovative and financially healthy companies and start-ups by providing equity capital and subordinated loans from 150k euro up to 2,5 million Euros.
- BOM Business Development supports R&D programs and (European) initiates and stimulates innovative industrial projects and collaborations.
Since 2014, BOM BD has a close partnership agreement with Holst Centre. Via this agreement, it is made possible for SME companies to sub-license the core-technologies developed by the Holst Centre. The aim of the BOM for participating in this project is to establish an OLED lighting community and surrounding companies, like equipment manufacturers, design & integration services, designers or materials supply. If needed and pre-conditions are met, BOM is also able to co-invest in such companies and start-ups. Moreover, BOM offers access to its network with the local, national and European business communities as well as with universities, research centres and financial institutions. Our focus areas are High Tech (including ICT & CleanTech) and Life Tech (Life Sciences and Medtech) Biobased and Agrofood. The BOM was established in 1983 and is funded and financed by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Province of Noord-Brabant.
Audi is one of the world’s leading automotive premium brands The brand claim “Vorsprung durch Technik” is reflected in high quality and technologically progressive cars. An advanced, forward looking approach to corporate management and development constitutes the basis of the company´s success. Audi places the customers’ wishes at the very heart of its unceasing quest to find ever better solutions. It means developing and promoting new technologies for automotive usage. Audi’s main objective is to offer the latest high quality technologies to the customers first.
The EMDE development of light GmbH is a company committed to the development of new and sustainable solutions for good light. Going by the name of OMLED (www.omled.com), EMDE has developed the worldwide first OLED light family, whose affordable products are applicable for daily lighting purposes. The EMDE team consists of people who bring along knowledge and experience from different professional fields and who live from permanent mutual inspiration. Frankfurt-based light artist Thomas Emde is the creative head and founder of EMDE development of light.
As a polymer specialist, REHAU is an international leader in construction, automotive and industry. Around the world, we offer our customers in every market innovative system solutions and outstanding service from a single source. Even today, we are already directing our developments toward such future-significant topics as energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management, mobility and future living. With about 20,000 employees at more than 170 locations, our independent privately held corporation has assumed a leadership role as an innovation driver and solution provider.
The NSG Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for Architectural, Automotive and Technical Glass sectors. With around 28,000 permanent employees, the Group has principal manufacturing operations in 30 countries and sales in over 130. Just over a third of sales are in Europe, around a third in Japan and the rest primarily in North and South America, South East Asia and China.
In June 2006, the NSG Group acquired Pilkington, renowned for the invention of the Float Glass process, which revolutionized the world’s glass industry. The globally recognized Pilkington brand remains widely used in the Group’s Architectural and Automotive businesses.
The Group operates three worldwide business lines:
- Architectural glass for buildings and Solar Energy applications.
- Automotive serves the original equipment; aftermarket replacement and specialized transport glazing markets
- Technical Glass products include very thin glass for displays, lenses and light guides for printers, and glass fibre used in battery separators and engine timing belts.
The NSG Group’s European Technical Centre in the UK covers many areas of glass research. Some specific areas of expertise in the automotive area are laminating, toughening, shaping, modelling and stress analysis.
COATEMA is a family owned company and stands for high quality coating, laminating and printing plants and has been successful in the field for now 40 years. It offers equipment solution for laboratory R&D, for pilot plants and custom made production equipment. The company is a leading supplier of variable multifunction coating plants with many economic advantages (e.g. the modular Click & Coat system), do their own R&D in important application fields, hold patents for pioneering solutions, and have been awarded with innovation prizes.
AMIRES is a consulting and management company for research, development and innovation projects, which provides the necessary strategic and administrative support to high quality international teams to achieve their objectives and facilitates the research-industrial and research-policy making interface. AMIRES follows projects from their initiation and planning, through negotiation, execution and management to the final stage, where exploitation of new technologies, products or services is facilitated. Moreover, main mission of the company is to facilitate the access of European research to high-tech SMEs and improve exploitation of innovative ideas.
AMIRES s. r. o. is based in the Czech Republic but provides its services all around Europe.