Under the agreement, Yuasa will provide equipment to NextFlex for the testing of new manufacturing tools and materials, and participate in the development of new industry research and manufacturing procedures in the flexible display space.
NextFlex is a flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing institute that provides key companies the ability to showcase their products to potential customers. The Institute and its members also provide feedback to companies to help them improve their equipment.
“Working with NextFlex is a very positive step for our company as it will expose our products to a variety of companies in the flexible display and electronics industry,” said Yasuhisa Okazaki, EVP of Yuasa System Co. Ltd.
Yuasa will be providing an Environmental Chamber (model #CL-09FSC900) to conduct various folding tests in different climatic conditions, along with two machines to test the stretching of flexible displays (model #S1912, model #Z8040). Products will be installed on-site by September.
“Yuasa’s folding and stretching test equipment will enable NextFlex and its members to conduct rigorous mechanical tests on flexible hybrid electronic (FHE) devices, under various environmental conditions,” noted Paul Semenza, director of commercialization for NextFlex. “This equipment will help NextFlex realize its goal of offering end-to-end capabilities in FHE manufacturing.”