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CPI’s Printable Electronics has two facilities one based at Sedgefield in County Durham and one based at Newton Aycliffe. Focussing on the integration and manufacturing of new innovative electronic devices, developing the technologies that will drive the manufacturing process forward. These processes, including the printing of electronic functionality open up a host of design opportunities and will lead to the creation of a range of future electronic applications in key market sectors such as automotive, healthcare, aerospace, print and packaging, built environment and the Internet of Things (IoT).
CPI Printable Electronics Newton Aycliffe, creates rolls of thin, flexible inlays containing multiple electronic components that can be converted into labels or embedded into smart products or wearable goods.
Providing open access facilities, including incubation areas for closer collaboration between companies and CPI, the site helps companies develop products to pilot production volumes, with potential market opportunities including packaging capable of tracking and tracing goods and monitoring contents’ condition.
The integration of electronics with flexible form factors increases the freedom for product designers to embed technology and functionality into their designs, creating the opportunity for new, innovative components that are wireless, smarter, interactive, conformable, thinner, lightweight, rugged and able to blend into our surrounding environment. These new ways of manufacturing electronics will give rise to a wide range of new, novel applications such as flexible displays for mobile devices, smart therapeutic bandages for managing and monitoring recovery of wounds, wearable electronics for monitoring and improving performance, wireless medical devices for rapid diagnostics using printed sensors, conformable lighting and intelligent packaging for consumer goods and industrial products, to name but a few.