Global automotive interiors manufacturer plans to enhance designs with in-mold electronics technology developed in Oulu.
OULU, FINLAND/ULSAN, KOREA (16 December 2019) – Today, TactoTek and Yongsan announced that Yongsan will market and sell automotive interior parts with TactoTek injection molded structural electronics (IMSE™) features. Under the agreement, Yongsan will develop and validate solutions for a number of automotive interior uses including seats, trim, sun visors and leather-wrapped interior parts.
Yongsan is well-known as a Tier I/II automotive supplier with manufacturing operations in South Korea, India, China, Japan, Vietnam, Mexico and the United States of America, from where it serves global customers. “TactoTek IMSE technology supports our vision for design and our commitment to environment friendly products and processes. We expect good results in our new products with IMSE application on various automotive interior parts areas,” said Jaedock Yoo, Executive Director, R&D Chief of Yongsan.
“Our customers want the styling and function of electronics throughout the vehicle interior, and IMSE technology enables us to integrate those capabilities in locations prohibitive for traditional electronics. Meanwhile, IMSE part structure reduces plastics use significantly and relies on clean, additive manufacturing processes,” Yoo said.
TactoTek develops, industrializes and licenses IMSE™ technology that combines printed electronics and electronic components within single piece, seamless 3D injection molded structures. Surface finishes range from plastics to elegant natural materials, including wood. The company packages its technology for licensees in two products, IMSE Designer™ for IMSE part design, and IMSE Builder™ for IMSE part mass production, testing and quality assurance. For automotive markets, TactoTek licensees mass produce IMSE parts.
“Yongsan is a respected manufacturer in the automotive interiors market. Their success in design and manufacturing is reflected in their expanding global operations and we are very pleased to have them promoting solutions that integrate our IMSE technology,” said Jussi Harvela, TactoTek CEO.
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 adapts customer designs to IMSE technology, develops mass production ready prototypes, and mass produces or licenses the 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.
Yongsan, a Korean automotive parts supplier established in 1979, produces automotive interior parts such as sun visors, interior trims, seat trims. Focusing on technology development for eco-friendly, safety, light weight, convenience and multifunction, YONGSAN is expanding its range of parts by developing high value-added new products in the future automobile sector through cooperation and technology convergence with other industries. Yongsan will strengthen its collaboration with its affiliate PCB manufacturer, A&P and create synergy in the electronic parts as well as the automotive parts.
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