A New printed Electronics Company in Linz

Linz, (PresseBox) - Printed batteries and printed displays will be the first products of prelonic technologies OG, a new High-Tech company recently founded in Linz, Austria. Started by entrepreneurs experienced in printed electronics, RFID and Material Sciences the company aims to produce first products in 2008. This new company will strengthen the position of Linz as one of the European High-Tech centres for printed Electronics.

The venture capital based company will close the gap which emerged in printed electronics. Most of the companies, active in printed electronics, focus to high-end applications and are successfully developing for years now different demanding applications like high resolution displays, solar cells or sensors.

Besides these striking high tech applications some other areas are ready for instant commercialisation which could already be used for products.

"prelonic will not enter a 5-year development phase to be able to access the market with products in year 6. We will start very fast with low-end products and target applications where the requirements already meet the performance of the products. This will be the way to start fast and to be ready for mass production in a short time. High end products will be produced later on, when technology is mature and processes are optimized." Friedrich Eibensteiner, CEO of prelonic, is describing the strategy.

The processes employed will consist mainly of conventional printing processes, combined with a proprietary and patented production process optimized for mass production.

The first printed element will be a printed battery, fully printed, paper thin and environmental friendly. The printed battery will be used in products like smart cards, RFID transponders and other thin, flat products.

The battery is seen as the central element of many applications.

"Electronics get mobile. In the near future not only discrete electronic devices will guide us, but electronics will be integrated to everyday life things like clothing or packaging. This creates the need for grid independent power – a battery" Friedrich Eibensteiner states.
These will be produced by prelonic.

Besides printed batteries also other elements will be produced by printing. prelonic filed some patent applications describing the developed production process for batteries, displays and other electronic elements which will reduce costs significantly for mass production.

In 2008 a German subsidiary will be founded, to co-ordinate the co-operation with important German industry partners.

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