The Partners

Collaborative partnership

Necomada brings together a variety of partners and expertise to achieve the project goals.

Henkel

Henkel

Founded in 1876, Henkel holds globally-leading market positions both in the consumer and industrial sectors and is well-known for brands such as Persil, Schwarzkopf and Loctite. The company is organized into three business units: Laundry & Home Care, Beauty Care and Adhesive Technologies. The Dax-30 company is headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany, and employs about 50,000 people from more than 120 nations worldwide.

The Henkel Adhesive Technologies business unit is a global solutions provider for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings and is divided into five Strategic Business Units. Henkel Adhesive Electronics (AE) and Henkel AG & Co KGaA participate in the NECOMADA project. The focus of Henkel AE is toenable the formulation development of electronic adhesives and inks to make a flexible electronic device. Henkel AG & Co KGaA’s role is to implement this flexible electronic device into end- product packaging for consumers.

Henkel Adhesive Electronics supplies materials for three main technology areas — Electronics assembly, semiconductor packaging and printed Electronics – which serve diverse markets such as consumer electronics, automotive electronics, telecom/datacom, handhelds and IoT, among others.

Role in Necomada

Henkel Electronic Materials N.V. acts as a global material supplier for adhesives and inks with the aim of leading the formulation development and production of cost-competitive inks suitable for high-speed printing of low-cost antennas and adhesives that enable high-speed processing of chip/inlay to antenna attach.

In addition, Henkel is a supplier for consumer goods, where smart packaging enables exciting new buying and application experiences for consumers. A typical example would be the integration of NFC into labelling on plastic packaging bottles with the goal of reducing costs for greater market penetration.

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The Centre for Process Innovation

The Centre for Process Innovation

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is a UK based technology innovation centre and the process arm of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Established to support the UK process manufacturing industry, CPI collaborates with universities, SMEs and large corporates to help overcome innovation challenges and develop next generation products and processes. Operating across a broad range of technologies, we support our partners at every step of the way; from concept to market; business support to technology development; from scale up to supply chain intervention.

Role in Necomada

As the project lead, CPI will provide Project Management and formal consortium management ensuring the project is delivered on time and budget. CPI will lead on the development of strategies for delivery of nano- metal/carbon and co-species, including development of particle stabilisation systems for onward incorporation into adhesive and ink formulations. The Printable Electronics platform will lead the print process development and Integration, optimizing the adhesive and inks deposition, bonding and curing parameters leading to the manufacture of demonstrator devices on roll to roll systems.

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PragmatIC

PragmatIC

PragmatIC is headquartered in Cambridge, England and has a production facility based at the National Centre for Printable Electronics in Sedgefield. PragmatIC’s growing customer base includes large multi-national customers across a number of sectors, including consumer goods, packaging and security printing and mainstream electronics. PragmatIC’s unique technology platform enables integrated circuits thinner than a human hair that can be easily embedded in any surface, introducing interactivity into a wide range of everyday items. At a fraction of the price of conventional silicon chips, PragmatIC’s products enable a vast range of new applications: from intelligent packaging of fast-moving consumer goods, to wireless traceability of documents for security and identification.

Role in Necomada

PragmatIC will work with end customers to define use cases and technology specifications that can be delivered within the project. PragmatIC will then design, develop and implement flexible ICs to achieve the target specifications, and support other members of the consortium on systems integration. PragmatIC will lead the project work packages on electronic systems and also exploitation & dissemination.

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Danish Technological Institute

Danish Technological Institute

DTI is the largest technological service provider in Denmark and one of the biggest in northern Europe. Founded over 100 years ago, the institute’s core business lies in providing technological services to industry, especially SMEs. The institute’s expertise is divided into six divisions covering building and construction, materials and production, life sciences, industrial management, production technology, and energy & climate. These together contain some 33 specialist competence centres with over 22 accredited laboratories providing testing and certification services. The institute is recognized as the leading training and educational institution with focus on industry in Denmark and abroad. DTI also advises SMEs in the electronics sector on new business development opportunities and assists in the transfer of new technologies.

Role in Necomada

In the Necomada project DTI will provide the expertise for the development of the nCu suspensions for nano-inks and also the development of nAg decorated graphene for carbon based inks.

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Continental

Continental

ContiTech Elastomer Coatings is a subsidiary of ContiTech (Continental AG). The company has 7 plants in Germany, China, Russia and Singapore and currently employs 625 people, with an annual turnover of €110m. ContiTech Elastomer Coatings is a specialist in elastomer coated materials with over 100 re-enforcing and 300 coating materials. They produce over 1.2m m² of printing blankets and plates for both offset and flexo applications. In addition, ContiTech produce approx. 10,000 printing and technical rollers. Three sites are equipped with state of the art laser engraving equipment (YAG/Fiber), used for demo purposes.

Role in Necomda

ContiTech will use its resources to produce compounds in plate and roll form that suit the chemical and technical requirements of these printing applications. The complex chemical architecture of the conductive liquids as well as the properties in terms of corrosion and abrasion makes it necessary to develop newly designed compounds. In combination with the necessity for the compound to produce very detailed printing elements with a high powered laser, we also need to produce very “fine” compounds with minimized particle sizes in order to hold details down to 10 μm

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Nanogap

Nanogap

NANOGAP SUB-NM-POWDER S.A. (NANOGAP) was incorporated in 2006 and is a spin-out from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC). The company is located near the USC in Galicia, NW Spain. In 2010 international presence was increased with the creation of a US subsidiary in California. The company employs around 25 people.
NANOGAP develops, manufactures and sells nanomaterials. The core technology is based on wet chemistry and sub nanometre Atomic Quantum Clusters (AQCs) with unique properties. Current products include conductive materials (silver nanoparticles and nanofibers), luminescent materials (AQCs and Charge Transfer Complexes) and catalytic materials (AQCs). Target markets include printed electronics, security printing medical diagnostics and catalysts.

Role in Necomada

NANOGAP’s role will involve the development of silver nanomaterials, enhancing properties, including improved conductivity and sintering properties. This will create optimisation for the desired ink and adhesive formulations and printing processes with lower production costs.

Multimodal particle size blends will be prepared for studying effect on particle packing and effect on conductivity and sintering temperature. A similar approach will be undertaken for nanowires where different aspect ratio wires will be evaluated for effect on conductivity.

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Thomas Swan

Thomas Swan

Founded in the United Kingdom in 1926, Thomas Swan & Co Ltd is a leading independent manufacturer of performance and specialty chemicals. The company manufacturers over 100 products and offers and experienced and flexible custom manufacturing service. Thomas Swan is a world-leading supplier of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene Products, through its Elicarb® Brand. We have also recently launched Boron Nitride as another exciting 2-dimensional (2D) Nano-material. Like graphene, 2D boron nitride has a high thermal conductivity and gas barrier performance, but unlike graphene, it is electrically insulating.

With over 15 years’ experience in the development, scale up and commercialisation of Nanomaterials, Thomas Swan is well placed to participate in the NECOMADA Project as a supplier of raw materials.

Role in Necomada

Thomas Swan will be looking at the supply of raw materials for initial evaluation – this will include single and multi-walled carbon nanotubes, graphene nanoplatelets and boron nitride nanoplatelets, and including formulation of nanomaterials for downstream users, understanding and identifying specific needs. Scale up and / or modification of our nanomaterial production processes to meet future anticipated demand of nanomaterials and liaising with other partners to carry out life cycle analyses / occupational health monitoring of our process and products

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BSH Electrodomésticos España

BSH Electrodomésticos España

BSH-E counts with seven different factories in Spain for the manufacturing of electric ovens, gas cooktops, induction hobs, compact and standard sized dishwashers, medium value automatic washing machines, heat pumps for high efficiency dryers, static and frost-free fridges, irons and steam stations and competence centers for gas and induction cooktops, heat pumps and irons. Apart from these, the group counts with a corporative innovation area where new technologies and materials are developed for all the different products in the group worldwide.

Role in Necomada

The main area of involvement in the project is Technology Management, which is part of the Corporate Innovation division. This area works following open innovation principles and employs up to 40 people carrying out technical activities, giving support to the full Group in transversal technologies. In addition they will gather information for other relevant departments for tasks in the project, such as marketing, quality, development or engineering.

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Crown Packaging

Crown

Crown Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of metal packaging for the food, drink, and aerosols markets in the world. With over 150 manufacturing plants around the world and over 70 manufacturing sites around the EU, with over 11,000 employees. CrownMP has its main corporate R&D centre in Oxfordshire in the UK employing over 250 scientist and engineers working on the development of new forms of packaging and materials, as well as packaging functionality. CrownMP supplies many of the world’s leading brand owners from Coke, Pepsi, Nestlé, Unilever, Heineken, Heinz, Danone, Bonduelle, Kraft etc.

Role in Necomada

Crowns role within the Necomada project will be offering advice on packaging formats and production, particularly around specification of product design and functionality requirements along development of product design and production of trial bathces of product for customer trials and market testing including customer and consumer research which will include developing manufacturing routes for production.

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Fraunhofer

Fraunhofer

The Institute for Building Physics (IBP) is one of the Institutes that constitute the Fraunhofer Society (FhG). The department Life Cycle Engineering (GaBi) is globally recognised in the field of life cycle studies. GaBi personnel have helped develop industry standard life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology, as well as software and databases. The GaBi department started in 1989 and since then their research engineers have accumulated hundreds of person-years of outstanding experience in both public and industry research projects.

Role in Necomada

Fraunhofer will focus on the R&D and will provide support to the technology/process developers in order to avoid potential sustainability pitfalls right from the start; monitoring of shifts in environmental relevance in the process chain(s) throughout the maturation of the technology; foster informed decisions about environmental trade-off situations.

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Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH)

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) is an independent research, development and specialist organisation in the field of occupational health and safety. FIOH clients are workplaces, citizens, government officials, occupational health services, and other organisations that work to improve well-being at work; regionally, nationally, and internationally. The results of FIOH operations are reflected at workplaces as increased well-being, and as longer careers. The solutions are built on research-based knowledge and reliable, effective methods.

Role in Necomada

FIOH role in Necomada will be to create Hazard assessments in relation to all materials and chemicals used, in dialogue with key partners of formulation development and testing. FIOH will provide an overall guidance on best practices and risk management measures in relation to safety throughout the whole life cycle of the materials.

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NXP Semiconductors

NXP

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) creates, produces and provides Secure Connections for a Smarter World. This involves the collaborative efforts of 45,000 people in 36 countries across the globe. Since the merger of Freescale and NXP on December 7th, 2015, NXP has become the world’s 4th largest non-memory chip manufacturer. NXP demonstrates thought leadership in Smart Connected Solutions for consumer and industrial applications, in Secure Connected Vehicle and in End-to-End Security & Privacy, playing a leading role in the Internet of Things area, where connectivity and security are key drivers.

Role in Necomada

In the Necomada project, the NXP contribution will come from the product line Personal Health in the business line (BL) Secure Monitoring & Control. The BL Secure Monitoring & Control is one of the most innovative business lines in NXP, focusing on secure connectivity for smart home, wearables, mobile audio, amongst others.

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