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Spin-off firm aims at printed electronics

Posted: 16 Dec 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:printed electronics  packaging  spin-off company 

IMEC, Hasselt University and the Belgian screen printing company Artist Screen have launched their spin-off Lumoza NV, targeted at large-area screen printed electronics for the advertising and packaging industry.

Lumoza's technology for large-area screen printed electronics combines electroluminescent ink with a driver that controls the sequence and timing of the animation. The result is an electroluminescent computer animation that can be printed, just like ink, on all kind of surfaces, for example on a thin plastic foil. And afterwards, folded, rolled up, bended or wrapped.

Application opportunities for Lumoza's printed electronics are infinite: luminous ceilings or furniture, innovative packaging, animated printed bill boards, clothing, or vehicle coating, etc. Wouter Moons, CEO of Lumoza: "In this first phase, we address the advertising and packaging industry. Both are continuously looking for innovative products. The DVD-packaging industry has already shown interest, as they are looking for new appealing packaging alternatives. On the longer term, more sustained applications are envisioned, for example in the construction industry."

The R&D activities of Hasselt University and IMEC, combined with the production expertise of Artist Screen offer a suitable harmony between innovation and production. IMEC and Hasselt University have an elaborate track record on printable electronics. Artist Screen, on the other hand, offers the start-up immediate production capacity and access to two important markets: packaging and advertising, which are both suitable for Lumoza.

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