Russian organic electronics factory gets production-ready

Russian organic electronics factory gets production-ready

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By Peter Clarke

The factory has 2,000 square meters of clean room and a planned annual capacity of 10,000 square meters of thin-film-transistor backplane arrays for displays and for the production of 150 million near-field communication circuits.

Ten FLECS is a contract manufacturer of flexible electronics components (IGZO TFT, OTFT). A generation 2 manufacturing plate meaures 47cm by 37cm.

The factory is capable of slit coating, wet etching, metal sputtering, photolithography and dry etching with equipment obtained from flat panel display industry suppliers. Ten FLECS intends to address applications in RFID, NFC, LCD, OLED and electrophoretic display and fingerprint, x-ray and pressure sensors

The company states that its technology is licensed from IMEC, The Holst Center and FlexEnable Ltd. (Cambridge, England). FlexEnable was formed in February 2015 to hold the intellectual property created by Plastic Logic Ltd. since its formation in 2000. FlexEnable’s flexible electronics technology platform allows organic electronics to be manufactured on flexible plastic film over large and small surfaces.

The remainder of Plastic Logic became Plastic Logic GmbH (Dresden, Germany) which intended itself to become a manufacturer. However, according to local sources there is little activity at Plastic Logic in Dresden.

In 2011 the Russian sovereign wealth fund called Rusnano [Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies] cut a deal to invest in Plastic Logic and build a volume production factory for Plastic Logic’s plastic displays in Zelenograd.

Ten FLECS in Moscow is the likely and somewhat altered inheritor of that plan. Ten FLECS is hiring and is looking for senior engineers that are competent in physical vapor deposition, wet etch and metrology.

Plastic Logic GmbH was approached for comment but did not respond by the time this story was posted.

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