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Imec and Kaneka expand their collaboration in thin-film electronics

Imec and Kaneka have signed an agreement that is said to strengthen and extend their R&D collaboration. As well as working on next generation solar cells, under this frame agreement imec and Kaneka will explore new applications in life science and thin-film electronics.

Luc Van den hove, president and CEO at imec, said: “Collaboration plays a crucial role in pushing forward the development of innovative solutions, and we are extremely pleased that Kaneka has made imec a key partner for its advanced research.”

This frame agreement validates the successful photovoltaics collaboration, but also underscores the mutual benefits both companies see in other fields. Imec has built-up a track record of innovative developments in life sciences and wearable biomedical applications. Using its thin-film electronics technology developed in cooperation with Holst Centre, imec plans to further optimise such applications in flexible, stretchable and low cost solutions.

Kimikazu Sugawara, Kaneka’s Chairman, said: “Such a roadmap is fully in-line with Kaneka’s ambitions and strategy for future products. It is crucially important to collaborate with advanced research institutes to cope with today’s competitive world where speed is key to innovation.”

Pic: Luc Van den hove, president and CEO, imec

Tom Austin-Morgan

Source:  www.newelectronics.co.uk

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