Agfa: Staying Ahead of the Technology Curve


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Matties: So there are three areas: the solder mask, the legend, and what is the third area?

Van Dam: The etch resist. That's commercial, so there we have some interesting projects. Currently, the majority is in the chemical milling market. But we are also testing in the PCB application.

Matties: Is there anything that we haven't talked about that we should share with our readers?

Van Dam: Yes, in addition to the products for the PCB market, Agfa also has products for printed electronics. Our Orgacon range has products based on conductive polymers and nano silver. We have a nano silver inkjet ink commercially available. This goes a step further in additive technology.

Matties: It's really a booming area. Nano Dimension is doing this kind of technology with their Dragonfly and they were just approved by the U.S. military for this technology, I believe. It really paves the way for so many of the other companies to step in, because there is now some proven ground. And then the presentations that we're seeing here in which they’re printing circuits on the molded surfaces for automotive really changes the whole landscape of circuit boards. What is your take on that?

Van Dam: We are also highly focused on that; we want to be there for the future, so we know this is an important area and we have a significant team looking into these type of applications.

Matties: We are planning an issue on megatrends, and one of the megatrends that we see is 3D printing. Not just 3D electronics, but 3D printing in connection with 3D electronic printing, because when you can put the power of creation on the desktops of individuals, it changes the world. When the personal computer landed in the hands of the general population, look what happened. And I think we're going to see the same thing and same innovation with 3D printing.

Van Dam: Agreed. 3D printing and integrating electronics in the shapes like we saw today is quite interesting.

Matties: It is very exciting. Thank you for your time and congratulations on your new position as global sales manager.

Van Dam: Thank you very much.

 

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