March 11, 2020

TechnoSpark opens Russian Flexible Electronics Centre / Rusnano

The Russian Flexible Electronics Centre started to operate in Troitsk, New Moscow. The factory was opened by Anatoly Chubais, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO, and Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow.

Photo by RUSNANO Group

Russian Flexible Electronics Centre is a contract company of TechnoSpark Group, which operates within the investment network of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs of the RUSNANO Group. The company carries out prototyping and small-scale production of key components for a wide spectrum of devices: TFT matrices (thin-film transistor matrices) for displays (e-papers, LCD screens and OLED displays) and sensors (biometric sensors, X-ray detectors, etc.), as well as microelectronic integrated circuits for RFID tags and sensors.

“There was an open country at this place just a few years ago. Today, we open a super-modern production facility — the Russian Flexible Electronics Centre — the products of which will be applicable in dozens of different fields from home appliances to the most sophisticated medical equipment. The Government of Moscow has provided a subsidy for the purchase of equipment for this facility,” said Sergey Sobyanin at the opening.

The technology of FlexEnable (UK) for manufacturing flexible organic TFT matrices on plastic substrate has been transferred to the new production facility and scaled up. A transfer of technologies for production of flexible metal oxide (IGZO — Indium Gallium Zink Oxide) TFT matrices and microelectronic integrated circuits from R&D centers of IMEC (Belgium) and Holst Centre (Netherlands) will be completed by 2021.

When reaching the designed capacity, the production volume will amount to about 4 thousand m2 of TFT matrices. When referring to potential application, this number equals either 1.5 million TFT matrices for small screens (electronic price tags or smart cards), 100 thousand TFT matrices for tablet-sized displays, 100 thousand TFT matrices for flexible biometric sensors of a palm size or 100 million plastic chips for RFID tags.

According to IDTechEx’s Printed, Organic & Flexible Electronics Forecasts, Players & Opportunities 2020–2030, the market of printed, flexible and organic electronics will grow from $41 billion in 2020 to $74 billion by 2030.

“Flexible electronics is a global trend and a fast-growing market that, according to a study by international experts, will double over the next decade and exceed $70 billion a year. Today, flexible electronics is being developed by the world’s leading technological powers. Thanks to the joint project of the RUSNANO Group and the Government of Moscow to create the Russian Flexible Electronics Centre, our country has now joined this so-called club. Our goal is to develop country-specific technological, engineering and, as the next step, scientific competencies in this field and then integrate ourselves into the global supply chain. We clearly see the emerging demand; some companies are already working with us. We are confident that we will be able to create a product not only for the Russian, but also for the global market,” said Anatoly Chubais, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company, at the opening ceremony.

“Russian Flexible Electronics Centre is the first startup of TechnoSpark, which became a factory. Together with high-tech companies operating here, which produce solar roofs, logistics robots, medical equipment and 3D-printed endoprotheses, it forms production chains for high technology market,” added Denis Kovalevich, CEO of the TechnoSpark Group. According to him, the Russian Flexible Electronics Centre initially intends to operate within a contract R&D model for the widest spectrum of possible applications in production, including contract work with foreign customers. Later, the Center will shift its focus on the most marginal solutions.

Source: RUSNANO Group

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