Roll-to-Roll manufacturing finally enables companies to profit from the new technology on a large scale
The grand opening of the PrintoCent Pilot Factory for Printed Intelligence
Industrialisation will take place on 13 March. The PrintoCent productisation
environment at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland premises
represents the most advanced industrialisation capability and service, being
at least two or three years ahead of others. The latest Roll-to-Roll pilot
printing line offers unique manufacturing performance to integrate printed
intelligence into our everyday consumables and living environment.
Besides ground-breaking technological advancements, PrintoCent offers a unique
business and manufacturing environment for companies to manufacture
components, products and solutions based on printed intelligence technologies.
The PrintoCent Pilot Factory reduces the commercial and technical risks before
fully commercial operation commences. Hence, the creation of this tailor-made
environment is suitable for companies of all sizes.
there are around 180 professionals working in the PrintoCent community.
Although there are numerous Finnish companies exploiting this
multidisciplinary business development environment, PrintoCent is actively
building industrial partners’ global network and thus focuses on killer
applications, pilot manufacturing and value chains development. Market
forecast companies have estimated that there will be a 250 billion euro
industry in the field of printed electronics and intelligence in 15 years.
PrintoCent is based on the research work that began in the late 1990s at VTT
led by Professor Harri Kopola. He points out that the Pilot Factory is a real
milestone from lab to fab. PrintoCent Director Ilkka Kaisto believes that the
availability of Pilot Factory services will stimulate the application-driven
industry activities and through the European COLAE-project the key players are
building the networks and partnerships towards joint service platforms for
It should be noted that the PrintoCent
offering is a disruptive route, not an update to any old production
technology. The companies are provided with a completely new setting that
enables the agile development and creation of truly innovative product
concepts. At the very core is the idea of producing intelligent products with
tremendous industrial speed so that the costs favour mass production. The
biggest challenge is to introduce unlimited possibilities in printed
intelligence to companies, and to bring it into their technology toolbox.
Therefore, the most fantastic killer solutions are yet to be invented.
make sure that the best printed intelligence solutions are identified and
jointly developed, an international industrial PrintoCent cluster is being
created. Printed Intelligence technology enables new large area, flexible,
thin and light products to be standalone or to be integrated into structures
like buildings, packages and vehicles, and to radically renew electronics
products. Home diagnostics and wellness, distributed and renewable energy,
smart packaging and anti-counterfeiting, and interactive user interfaces and
electronic solutions for our everyday services are examples of application
areas. Furthermore, numerous different industries could benefit from this
technology so it is vital that the moment is seized with both hands.
the Pilot Factory Opening, there will be a two-day industrial Prinse 12
seminar on 14 to 15 March.
Numerous companies will be sharing
their research findings and expectations from the field. There will be over 30
presentations from companies like BASF, Orion Diagnostica, Xerox, Merck,
Corning Glass, Dai Nippon Printing, STMicroelectronics plus several start-ups.
was founded in 2009 by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the
University of Oulu, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, City of Oulu and
BusinessOulu . PrintoCent is a VTT-led consortium with strong company
• PrintoCent is running the €15 million
investment and project portfolio 2009-2012 (phase 1)
• Up to
2011 there was €2 million of company investments made into PrintoCent joint
efforts and nine spin-offs