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Posted: December 4, 2008
Soligie and Blue Spark Collaborate to Develop Market Applications for Printed Flexible Batteries
(Nanowerk News) Soligie, a market leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of Printed Electronics, and Blue Spark Technologies, a leading developer of flexible, printed power source solutions, announced today that they have entered into an agreement for the joint market development of Blue Spark’s thin battery technology and Soligie’s printed electronics capabilities. The Companies anticipate that this agreement will lead to a manufacturing collaboration for roll-to-roll volume production of Blue Spark batteries.
Product developers and manufacturers are concerned with global trends of portability, interactivity, product safety, security, and environmental impact. These trends are driving companies to seek out new technologies and cost-effective solutions that can help them bring exciting products to market faster with more functionality.
Printed electronics are increasingly utilized in product innovations including interactive product labels with iconic displays, smart medical patches, functional electronic devices, sensors, and radio frequency (RF)-enabled tags. Many of these products need a safe, affordable and eco-friendly power source. By combining Soligie’s proprietary printed electronics design and manufacturing processes with Blue Sparks’ power solutions, brand owners will be able to offer their customers a new level of value and function in their products.
Gary R. Johnson, President and CEO of Blue Spark said, “Making the exciting new technologies of Printed Electronics more broadly known, convenient and rapidly available to systems developers is essential to realizing the game-changing potential of printing to the electronics industry. Adding the broad systems development and manufacturing strengths of Soligie to Blue Spark’s market development initiatives opens up exciting new paths to integrate Blue Spark battery technology into innovations of huge market potential. We are delighted to have this new agreement and look forward to working with Soligie to bringing to market the mutual benefits we see.”
Matt Timm, President of Soligie notes, “Soligie is excited about working with Blue Spark to develop the many market opportunities for a robust, thin and flexible power source. By integrating Blue Spark’s patented power technology into Soligie’s growing toolbox of printed electronics technologies, functional and flexible smart products such as labels, medical patches, security and access cards can become a reality in high volumes.”
Blue Spark Technologies, Inc. is the leader in developing flexible, printed, "green," proprietary power source solutions for battery-powered printed electronic systems. The company was founded as Thin Battery Technologies in 2002 with patented technology and technical leadership from Energizer (Eveready Battery Company). Blue Spark customers include manufacturers, product designers, and integrators across multiple industries including: interactive packaging, RFID, pharmaceutical, powered smart cards, and novelty items. Users of products powered by Blue Spark batteries enjoy increased efficiency, greater convenience and portability, improved safety, lower manufacturing and assembly costs, higher profit margins, and greater environmental responsibility. For more information, visit www.bluesparktechnologies.com or call +1-440-249-5400.
Soligie is the leading company to utilize high speed manufacturing to produce printed electronics with a variety of conductive, resistive and proprietary materials on flexible substrates such as PET, paper and foil. The Company is on the cutting edge of a new industry that merges nanotechnology, electronics and advanced printing technologies to enable production of printed electronic components using high speed, fully additive roll-to-roll processes. Soligie offers a full range of services from concept design, circuit design, design for manufacturability and final volume production, and currently serves the medical device, smart packaging, RFID and flexible interconnect markets. Soligie’s design and manufacturing have achieved ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 13485:2003 certification. Through the combined use of emergent materials and proprietary manufacturing processes, electronics components such as memory, sensors, displays and batteries will be integrated into applications on thin flexible substrates. Soligie is also investing in the development of processes for printed thin-film transistors that can be used in products such as smart labels, medical patches and chipless RFID tags. Soligie is located in Savage, Minnesota and is owned by the Taylor Corporation