Technical and commercial assessment of complementary technologies to support market push.
OULU, FINLAND/KYOTO, JAPAN (12 December 2019) – Today, Kyocera and TactoTek announced the signing of a marketing agreement which aims to bring IMSE™ solutions to several new market segments, including industrial and automotive components, electronic devices, and more.
The Kyocera Group has global operations in a wide range of business segments—offering industrial and automotive components, communications equipment, electronic devices, environmental and energy related technologies, and consumer lifestyle products, among others. The company’s core expertise covers advanced materials, components, devices, and communications equipment networks and services.
TactoTek’s proprietary IMSE technology integrates printed electronics and electronic components within 3D injection molded structures to create thin, seamless and economical smart molded structures. TactoTek licenses its IMSE technology to manufacturers who then design and mass produce parts for their OEM customers.
“Kyocera has the unique ability to offer high technology solutions in three dimensions—by region, by product, and by market,” said Masafumi Ikeuchi, General Manager of the Corporate Display Group at Kyocera Corporation. “Geographically, we cover the globe. From a product standpoint, we can design custom solutions ranging from materials, components and devices, to equipment and systems. And as for markets, we have deep expertise in servicing the needs of the automotive, industrial, medical, aerospace, and communications markets, to name a few of our strategic priorities. I believe that TactoTek’s IMSE technology is well-positioned to integrate with Kyocera’s core competencies across regions, products, and markets.”
Kyocera and TactoTek are working closely together on their first IMSE collaboration project, a prototype part that will form the basis for a full technical and commercial evaluation of the use of IMSE technology in Kyocera’s products for automotive and other markets.
“We are very pleased to partner with Kyocera, a recognized technology innovator and global leader in multiple markets with strong demand for IMSE. This partnership will significantly strengthen our presence in Japan, and around the world,” noted Jussi Harvela, CEO at TactoTek.
TactoTek is a leading provider of solutions for Injection Molded Structural Electronics (IMSE) that integrate printed circuitry and electronic components into 3D injection molded plastics. Leading use cases include in-vehicle applications, home/industrial appliances, and wearable technology. TactoTek develops and industrializes IMSE technology, develops mass production ready IMSE prototypes, and licenses IMSE technology for 3rd party mass production. TactoTek is funded by Conor Venture Partners, Ascend Capital Partners, Faurecia Ventures, Plastic Omnium, Nanogate, VTT Ventures and Leaguer VC. For more information, please visit www.tactotek.com
Kyocera Corporation (TOKYO:6971), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of industrial and automotive components, semiconductor packages, electronic devices, solar power generating systems, printers, copiers and mobile phones. During the year ended March 31, 2019, the company’s consolidated sales revenue totaled 1.62 trillion yen (approx. USD14.6 billion). Kyocera appears on the “Derwent Top 100 Global Innovators 2018-19” list by Clarivate Analytics and is ranked #655 on Forbes magazine’s 2019 “GLOBAL 2000” list of the World’s Largest Public Companies.
For more information, please contact:
KYOCERA Corporation (Japan)
Natsuki Doi, +81-(0)75-604-3416
Dave Rice, SVP of Marketing
+1 503 705 5795