Sun Chemical Enters into License Agreement to Introduce New Screen Printable Molecular Inks


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Sun Chemical has entered into a license agreement to introduce a new family of molecular inks for the printed electronics market with Groupe Graham International (GGI) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).

The new molecular ink technology developed by GGI and the NRC will be produced by Sun Chemical and promoted collaboratively by all three organizations. Based on ionic molecules processed through a reduction process, the new IPS family of products will offer a viable alternative to conventional polymer thick film conductive inks and serve as a low-cost alternative to nano materials.

The robust IPS family of products include silver and copper metallization options that can be applied by screen, inkjet or other high speed printing methods. The molecular inks feature sub-micron trace thickness that will enable the production of narrow traces in thin dielectric layers on a variety of applications, including: in-mold electronics (IME), printed antenna, displays, EMI/RFI and sensors.

“The IPS platform has been a multi-year development effort with the NRC and we are pleased to have its value validated by a global market leader,” said Eric Saint-Jacques, Chief Executive Officer at GGI. “We feel privileged to be working with Sun Chemical and look forward to supporting their global go-to-market initiatives with our solution design and manufacturing services.”

“We’re excited to help bring this innovative product line to the market,” said Roy Bjorlin, Global Commercial and Strategic Initiatives Director, Sun Chemical Advanced Materials. “Customers will be pleased to have an option in the marketplace that features fine lines for printed electronics. We look forward to collaborating with GGI and the NRC on this project.”

“We’re excited to enter the next phase of development,” said Thomas Ducellier, Executive Director, Printable Electronics Program, National Research Council of Canada.  “We look forward to seeing the unique attributes of the molecular ink platform address emerging market needs.”

About Groupe Graham International Inc.

GGI is a global leader in human machine interfaces. The company specializes in the design, engineering and manufacturing of customized electro-mechanical assemblies to deliver the optimal user interface for each specific context and environment. GGI partners with its customers at the outset of the design cycle and is recognized for its expertise in the aerospace, medical, transport, industrial and self-service kiosk sectors. For more information click here.

About the National Research Council of Canada’s Work in Printable Electronics

Through initiatives such as the Printable Electronics Consortium, the NRC collaborates with leading members of the Printed Electronics (PE) industry to conduct product-driven applied research and gain access to comprehensive PE solutions.

The NRC coordinates key industrial areas—including materials, ink, printing, information and communications technology and digital manufacturing—to position Canadian industry stakeholders as early adopters of emerging PE technologies. The NRC further provides industry with the resources and networks it needs to become a global powerhouse in producing PE items for world markets. To learn more, click here.    

About Sun Chemical

Sun Chemical, a member of the DIC group, is a leading producer of printing inks, coatings and supplies, pigments, polymers, liquid compounds, solid compounds, and application materials. Together with DIC, Sun Chemical has annual sales of more than $7.5 billion and over 20,000 employees supporting customers around the world.

Sun Chemical Corporation is a subsidiary of Sun Chemical Group Coöperatief U.A., the Netherlands, and is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S.A. For more information, please visit the website.

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