TactoTek, a Fininsh manufacturer of 3D injection molded structural electronics (IMSE) solutions, today announced that it secured €2.5 million as a grant from the EU’s Horizon 2020 program. The grant will be used for the mass production of TactoTek’s injection molded electronics solutions.
TactoTek is based in Kempele and was founded in 2011. The young company provides tools and know-how for creating production-ready prototype designs for new types of electronics, including wearables and in-vehicle applications, and scalable mass production. For a real life example of this, check out the video below this article.
Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument of Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness (for e.g.) by supporting new, breakthrough enabling and industrial technologies that strengthen Europe’s industrial capabilities.
Jussi Harvela, the CEO of TactoTek stated: “Our innovative solutions cross-cut markets and already have strong appeal in automotive, home appliances and wearable technology. H2020 funding will accelerate our ability to serve more customers and help TactoTek bring our customers’ solutions to market faster, whether they are mass produced by TactoTek or by manufacturers who license TactoTek technology.”
TactoTek’s solutions integrate printed circuitry, printed touch controls and discrete electronic components, such as LEDs and ICs, into light, 3D injection molded plastics as thin as 2mm. By incorporating circuitry and electronics directly into plastic structures, TactoTek enables brands to design innovative form factors and consolidate electronics into a single 3D structure.
TactoTek maintains a staff of engineers to help customers adapt their traditional electronics designs into IMSE solutions. The company prototypes and manufactures products in its Kempele, Finland, factory that includes a complete, vertically-integrated production capability; mass production can be performed by TactoTek or TactoTek-licensed production partners.