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International launch of the UKs national Printable Electronics Technology Centre.



Daniel Elliott
Admiral PR
0191 222 0722


Tori Lowth
Admiral PR
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17th March 2009: Today marks the international launch of PETEC, the UK's national Printable Electronics Technology Centre.

PETEC‘s expertise and equipment in the field of Printed Electronics delivers design, development and prototyping services and facilities to its customers.

The field of printable electronics offers companies a high-yield, low-cost manufacturing technology applicable to a wide variety of applications.

Tom Taylor, director of PETEC, said "The UK has a well established competence in research in printable electronics whereas PETEC's focus is in accelerating the commercialisation of these products through the production processes and solving technology issues that companies face in developing new products."

"PETEC offers experience, knowledge, and the appropriate infrastructure to support customers in this emerging global market. "

The Centre, a division of the Centre for Process Innovation Limited (CPI), connects innovators in research with commercial activity using proof of concept devices and pilot scale manufacture. The Centre helps clients identify the materials, industrial steps and investments required to bring products to market quickly.

PETEC's initial focus is in displays, where there is already commercial pressure to produce larger area displays that are more efficient and at lower cost. With the emergence of new formats such as E-paper, OLED Displays and LCD on flexible substrates, the potential for printable electronics to make an impact is vast.

Other near term markets for PETEC's customers include Solid State Lighting and Organic Photovoltaics. The Centre is geared to help companies address the various materials performance and processing challenges in these emerging markets.

Richard Kirk, CEO of Polyphotonix, an OLED lighting company building its first production line at PETEC commented, "PETEC has been pivotal to creation of Polyphotonix. Without access to the facilities, management expertise and experience it would have been prohibitively expensive. The ability to work quickly and effectively is crucial in this fast moving technology environment."

PETEC is already attracting customers from the UK and internationally, from Start-Ups & SME's to multinational blue chip organizations. Its aim is to secure the UK's manufacturing reputation in this field by training the next generation of PR engineers and providing a valuable contribution to the UK economy. PETEC's presence will consolidate national and international resources into efficient supply chains.

The launch taking place at PETEC is being chaired by Lord Alec Broers. Lord Broers received a Peerage in 2004 in recognition of his contributions to engineering and higher education and chaired the House of Lords Select Committee for Science and Technology from 2004 - 2007. The event has attracted global leaders across the field of Printed Electronics, including 60 members of the International Organic Electronics Association.  A programme of keynote lectures by distinguished speakers from UK, Korea, Japan and Europe will take place throughout the day supported by demonstrations of prototype work from innovative companies.

With a strong internationally recognized team of experts, PETEC is already gaining a reputation for its creative approach and ability to break new ground in prototype production.

For more information on PETEC please visit http://www.ukpetec.com


Issued on behalf of PETEC by Admiral PR and Marketing. For more information please contact Daniel Elliott on 0191 222 0722 or email: daniel.elliott@admiralpr.com

Notes to editors:

Keynote speakers at the launch include:

Lord Alec Broers. Her Majesty the Queen made him a life Peer in 2004 in recognition of his contributions to engineering and higher education and he chaired the House of Lords Select Committee for Science and Technology from 2004 - 2007.

Henning Sirringhaus, Professor Sirringhaus is the Hitachi Professor of Electron Device Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge; and co-founder and chief scientist at Plastic Logic.

Dr Vivek Subramanian, Associate Professor at the EECS University of Berkeley, USA

Professor Jin Jang, Professor at the Department of Information Display, Kyung Hee University and also Director of the Advanced Display Research Centre which engages with the semiconductor industry in Korea.

Ted Tohma, independent consultant and previously MD at Pioneer OLED.

Full speaker briefs are available and interview opportunities should be made on request.

Video clips attached this release:

  1. Tom Taylor, director of PETEC.
  2. Richard Kirk, CEO of Polyphotonix.

Centre of Process Innovation Limited

Focusing on the commercialisation of new products and making new technologies ready for the marketplace, CPI is championing four key technology areas that offer the most sustainable growth potential for the UK. They are: advanced processes, functional materials, low carbon energy, and printable electronics. With physical assets, a high calibre of scientists and an array of skilled expertise, CPI is in the best possible position to help reduce the risk for companies looking to change their processes for the better.

Critical to CPI's success to date is the proven ability to collaborate with industry; to work with the best talent from internationally leading research universities; and to have the facilities to scale-up innovation from the laboratory through to industrial application.

Forging ahead with a new model of market led innovation CPI identifies industry requirements through collaborative rather than competitive partnerships with research and industry, bringing together market ‘pull' from industry with technology ‘push' from academia to translate scientific research into commercial reality.

The centre has established two national centres:

PETEC - The Printable Electronics Technology Centre (PETEC) - a national prototyping institute for the development and commercialisation of printed electronics.

The National Industrial Biotechnology Facility (NIBF) - a key facility for bringing developments in biotechnology to the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. The centre creates chemical and pharmaceutical products using biological enzymes to allow the chemicals industry to use cleaner, greener manufacturing methods.

CPI has also established two national knowledge exchange programmes: NanoCentral and NanoKTN for the Technology Strategy Board

International Organic Electronics Association (0E-A).

The Association has more than 110 Members from Europe, the US and Asia and is led by the German Engineering Federation VDMA - the largest engineering industry network in Europe.