TactoTek, a leading manufacturer of 3D injection molded structural electronics (IMSE) solutions based in Oulu, Finland, announced today that it has been named a recipient of a €2.5 million EU Horizon 2020 award to mass produce injection molded electronics (IME) solutions.
Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument of Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness and whose charter includes supporting new, breakthrough enabling and industrial technologies that strengthen Europe’s industrial capabilities.
“TactoTek is honored to be selected by the H2020 investment committee,” said Jussi Harvela, CEO, in a press release. “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.”
The company has integrated 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, they enable 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.