SmartKem wins Innovative Product of the Year at the ESTnet Awards 2015
Win recognises tru-FLEX® as offering the display industry a
route to truly foldable displays.
Wales and Manchester, UK (06 March 2015): SmartKem Ltd.,
supplier of the market-leading tru-FLEX® semiconductor platform for
high performance flexible electronics, has announced that its
tru-FLEX® product has won the Innovative Product of the Year award
at the 2015 ESTnet Awards. Nominations for the award included
previous winners IQE plc and fellow competitor, Innovantage
SmartKem’s tru-FLEX® organic semiconductors enable the
manufacture of thin-film transistors (TFTs) that combine
industry-grade electrical performance with complete physical
flexibility for the realization of “foldable” displays and
electronics such as tablets, smartphones and wearable devices, for
the first time.
The ESTnet Awards, which took place in Cardiff, UK on the 6th
March, celebrates the achievements of inspirational companies and
individuals within the electronic and software technologies market,
specifically in Wales. The SmartKem win recognises tru-FLEX® as a
key enabling product that will fill a critical technology ‘gap’ in
the flexible display and electronics industry. The award was judged
by a panel of leading professionals including members of the Welsh
Government body, economics experts and university professors.
“We are incredibly proud of our achievement in developing our
tru-FLEX® semiconductor,” said Steve Kelly, SmartKem CEO. “To be
recognised at an event that showcases the very best Welsh companies
operating at the top of their markets in innovation is humbling.
The support we received from organisations within Wales has been
fundamental in getting us where we are today; I would recommend
anyone looking to develop an innovative new technology to come to
Wales. The award win demonstrates the huge potential of our
semiconductor platform to change the landscape of the display and
electronics industry. With the flexible display market expected to
grow to $60bn over the next five years, we look forward to the
continued market adoption of our semiconductor technology for the
manufacture of an exciting new world of display and electronics
SmartKem’s tru-FLEX® product is the result of six years of
intensive development by some of the world’s leading organic
semiconductor chemists, providing the display and electronics
industry with a solution-based semiconductor ‘ink’ for the
commercial manufacture of flexible transistor arrays and circuits
for driving displays, touchscreens and sensors.
In August 2014, SmartKem announced the receipt of Series A
funding from an investment syndicate including BASF Venture
Capital, Finance Wales, Octopus Investments and Entrepreneurs Fund.
SmartKem are also collaborating with the Centre for Process
Innovation to accelerate customer pre-production.
For more information on SmartKem and its innovative materials,
please call 01745 535190, email email@example.com or visit