Nissha Printing Co Ltd, a leading manufacturer of In-Mold Decoration (IMD) parts for automotive and home appliance OEMs, has announced that they are partnering with TactoTek, a leading producer of 3D Injection Molded Structural Electronics (IMSE), to collaboratively design and mass produce automotive and home appliance control panels. The first control panel includes a number of electronic functions including printed circuitry, high performance capacitive touch and LEDs encapsulated within injection molded plastic and is scheduled for high volume mass production in 2017.
According to Kaz Oki, VP of New Product Planning at Nissha USA, Inc, "We have invested considerable time and resources evaluating IMSE technology; TactoTek's fluency in adapting traditional electronics designs into IMSE solutions, combined with their ability to quickly produce prototypes that are ready for mass production in their vertically-integrated factory sets them apart from all other companies."
"Replacing the separate full-sized printed circuit board and light guide structure in the current product with a single IMSE component will yield many benefits," continued Kaz Oki, "Using an IMSE component will streamline the supply chain, accelerate design innovation, and reduce total costs by simplifying electrical and mechanical assembly. In addition, because IMSE electronics are encapsulated in plastic, they are protected from the moist, vibrating operating environment of this equipment. All of this is accomplished while also reducing the amount of plastic used in the final assembly which reduces the carbon footprint."
"Nissha has proven itself as a leading Tier 1 manufacturer of high quality solutions over many years," said Jussi Harvela, CEO of TactoTek, "we are very pleased that Nissha has confirmed our IMSE leadership by selecting TactoTek as their partner, and we look forward to combining the expertise of both companies to deliver superior solutions to OEMs and improving user experiences for consumers."
For more information, please contact:
Dave Rice, SVP of Marketing
Kaz Oki, VP of New Product Planning/Marketing
Nissha USA, Inc at Boston, MA, USA
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TactoTek is a leading provider of solutions for Injection Molded Structural Electronics (IMSE) that integrate printed circuitry and electronic components into 3D injection molded plastics. Leading use cases include in-vehicle applications, home/industrial appliances, and wearable technology. TactoTek adapts customer designs to IMSE technology, develops mass production ready prototypes, and mass produces or licenses the technology for 3rd party mass production. TactoTek is funded by Conor Venture Partners, VTT Ventures, Leaguer VC, private angels, TEKES, and European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. For more information, please visit www.tactotek.com .
Nissha Printing Co., Ltd. was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, the former capital of Japan for 1000 years. Nissha has been developing innovative application technology products since the company's inception. Nissha engages in the Industrial Materials, Devices, Life Innovation, and its integration to HMI (Human Machine Interface) to enhance user experience in the area of consumer electronics, appliances and automotive components, based on core and its invented technology of IMD/IML and Fine Touch solution. For more information, please visit www.nissha.com
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