The printable electronics center is expected to support a number of developments, including self-monitoring packaging capable of tracking sensitive medicines in the healthcare sector. Expected to be worth up to £10.8 trillion a year by 2025, the Internet of Things connects devices via the internet, allowing them to send and receive data, and is seen as an integral platform in helping electronics companies develop new business models.
Based in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, the CPI facility will create 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 will help companies develop products to pilot production volumes, with potential market opportunities including packaging capable of tracking and tracing goods and monitoring contents’ condition.
Such functions are already being used in the distribution of temperature sensitive medicines.
The Aycliffe printable electronics base is an extension of CPI’s National Printable Electronics Centre at NETPark, in Sedgefield, also County Durham, and John Cocker, platform director, said it will deliver significant benefits.
“Thanks to these new resources, CPI is now uniquely placed to provide clients with thin, flexible electronics at an unparalleled scale on an open access basis,” he said.