Flexible electronics technology gives UK company SmartKem Asian foothold
Developer of innovative flexible semiconductor technology
tru-FLEX® signs two major business agreements to advance the
development of flexible displays in Asia.
UK-based SmartKem Ltd has signed Letters of Intent (LOI) with
two leading Asian displays manufacturers marking significant
advances in the development of its market leading tru-FLEX®
semiconductor technology. The agreements signify increasing
interest for SmartKem’s semiconductors, with Asian manufacturers
collaborating to drive manufacturing, integration and
commercialisation of organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) technology
in the flexible electronic display market.
The intention of these agreements is to transfer tru-FLEX®
technology into existing Asian production lines once process
feasibility has been established. SmartKem will work closely with
its Asian display partners to accelerate technology transfer
processes to ensure 100% compatibility, and full integration.
These LOIs will allow SmartKem to implement and industrialise
tru-FLEX® into the production lines of leading display
manufacturers, providing them with the opportunity to create
leadership in the field of flexible displays. tru-FLEX® provides a
viable platform for next generation displays and can be easily
integrated into existing production lines, replacing like-for-like
traditional competitive technologies such as amorphous silicon
(a-Si). Furthermore tru-FLEX® technology can be processed at room
temperature, without the need for cleanrooms and vacuum equipment,
providing a clear path to low-cost display production.
“This is a truly exciting time for SmartKem. The signing of
these LOIs in Asia will allow SmartKem to gain significant traction
for the tru-FLEX® platform in one of our key geographies; and a
global hub of the electronics sector. We are excited to develop new
flexible display applications and next generation technologies in
partnership with our new associates,” commented Steve Kelly,
Founder and CEO of SmartKem. He continued: “This comes at a time
when our global footprint is ever expanding, with our first Asian
office due to open in Hong Kong later in 2015 alongside a dedicated
Asian technical support team.’’
SmartKem’s tru-FLEX® platform has gained global interest due to
its unique scientific properties, that give it a competitive edge.
The advanced tru-FLEX® solutions provide electronics manufacturers
with a route to exciting new applications in the flexible and
foldable smartphone, smartwatch and wearable markets.
For further information about the SmartKem tru-FLEX® brand and
the company’s developments in Asia, please visit website: www.smartkem.com