The technology seeker is an established manufacturer of small electrical devices. The company is continually investing in NPD (new product development) and is currently focused on reducing the cost and environmental impact of their products. The electronics industry is investigating the use of conductive and/or resistive inks and materials to replace metallic materials typically used in printed electronics, sensors, heating elements and RFID-based smart packaging, etc. However, many current conductive inks contain silver, which is not acceptable from an environmental standpoint to the company. They therefore wish to identify alternative materials which can still maintain the technical performance required by the end-products.
The company is actively searching for potential suppliers and technology companies that could support their product development efforts. They have an established customer base and global operations that provide routes to market for both new and established companies. The company is interested in potential collaboration with groups looking to commercialise relevant technologies and companies who will consider a variety of collaborations, ranging from trading partnerships, licensing through to joint venture and supply.
The company would like to use conductive inks in a printed, resistive heater application, utilising paper / card / board as a substrate, enabling easy disposal after use. They are therefore interested in identifying potential materials and/or application technologies including (but not limited to):-
Technologies should enable printed products with the following specifications:-
Applicable technologies could come from companies or research organisations developing printed and flexible electronics used in medical, consumer, automotive, fashion, retail and packaging.
The following materials are out of scope: