Arkema, CEA and Arjowiggins Creative Papers promote collaborative innovation in printed electronics

Arkema, a chemicals world major, CEA, a research public body in energy and technological innovation, and Arjowiggins Creative Papers, the world leader in technical paper, have set up the first European initiative to promote collaborative innovation in the field of printed electronics.

Arkema offers a range of materials specifically for printed electronics, in particular through its subsidiary Piezotech. This unique range of electroactive inks provides solutions to the various requirements of the actuators and sensors industry.

Meanwhile, Arjowiggins Creative Papers has developed a unique paper substrate technology for organic electronics. And finally, CEA provides support with its design tools as well as its PICTIC1 technological research and prototyping platform to validate and develop large area printing technologies in low-cost and flexible electronics.

The Open Innovation for Sensors and Actuators (OIS&A) initiative is underpinned by this unique partnership that pools all three players together in substrate, materials, and integration and design technologies, with a view to offering a comprehensive ecosystem to end-users eager to demonstrate new applications and develop new products in printed electronics. Original components and systems can be designed and demonstrated quickly by making full use of the partners’ infrastructure and know-how and by sharing R&D costs.

‘Arkema develops high added value high performance materials, and our collaboration with CEA in the field of printed organic electronics addresses this challenge’ explains Ian Cayrefourq, Emerging Technologies Director at Arkema. ‘We are launching this initiative with CEA and Arjowiggins Creative Papers in order to initially expand the scope of applications of our piezoelectric, pyroelectric and electroactive PVDF-based polymer materials developed by our subsidiary Piezotech.’

For Florence Lambert, Director of Institut Liten at CEA: ‘Printed electronics is an emerging sector in breakthrough applications and evolving market structures, which is both an asset and a challenge. The PICTIC platform represents a genuine competitive asset for industrialists who want to expand in the highly dynamic printed electronics sector.

This first class infrastructure in Europe is made available to industrialists as part of fully modular collaboration research contracts. Indeed the aim of this initiative is to help bring processes to fruition and facilitate their switch to industrial scale, demonstrate new applications, and speed up product development.’

According to Gael Depres, Exploratory & Partnership Manager at Arjowiggins Creative Papers: ‘We believed that the PowerCoat paper substrate was particularly suited to printed electronics. Thanks to our research collaboration with CEA, we were able to validate the compatibility of this substrate with printed electronics processes, a vital step for the development of this innovative product. Our objective is for PowerCoat to become a benchmark substrate for paper-based printed electronics.’

Arkema

A global chemical company and France’s leading chemicals producer, Arkema is building the future of the chemical industry every day. Deploying a responsible, innovation-based approach, we produce state-of-the-art specialty chemicals that provide customers with practical solutions to such challenges as climate change, access to drinking water, the future of energy, fossil fuel preservation and the need for lighter materials.

With operations in more than 40 countries, some 14,000 employees and 10 research centers, Arkema generates annual revenue of EUR6.1 billion, and holds leadership positions in all its markets with a portfolio of internationally recognized brands.

Piezotech, an Arkema subsidiary since 2010, develops and manufactures piezoelectric and electroactive fluorinated polymers for high added value applications, including film and ink in robotics, aerospace, textile, automotive and electronics.

CEA

The Commissariat a l’energie atomique et aux energies alternatives (CEA) is a public research body that is active in four main areas: low-carbon energies, information technologies and health technologies, Tres Grandes Infrastructures de Recherche (TGIR), defence and global security.

Drawing on top-level fundamental research and on recognised expertise, CEA takes part in setting up collaboration projects with many academic and industrial partners. Within the technology research division, CEA Tech, the Institut Liten based primarily in Grenoble and in Chambery (INES), is one of the main European research centres on new energy technologies and materials.

PICTIC is a technological platform dedicated to electronics and printed sensors. It provides development and prototyping services to manufacturers throughout the value chain: substrate materials, inks, printing processes, producers of components and end-product integrators.

Arjowiggins Creative Papers

Arjowiggins Creative Papers is a leading manufacturer of fine and technical paper, covering an extensive range of applications with prestigious brands, including Conqueror, Opale and Inuit for corporate or brand communication; Curious Collection, Keaykolour, Pop’Set and Rives for luxury applications; Guarro Casas and Delos, for luxury bookbinding and packaging and Gateway tracing paper.

Arjowiggins Creative Paper recently developed a special paper, PowerCoat, as substrate for printed electronic components. Arjowiggins Creative Papers products invariably feature the top performances in their categories in terms of paper capability and printing quality, and are available throughout the world.