TactoTek, the Finland-based company that develops and licenses in-mold structural electronics (IMSE) technology, announced their achievements towards more sustainable electronics manufacturing. An independent lifecycle analysis (LCA) by Finnish research institute, VTT, revealed that an electronics part manufactured using IMSE technology results in 35% lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than a comparable conventional electronics design. In addition, because IMSE combines both mechanical structure and electronic function in a single part, an IMSE part typically uses 50-75% less plastics than a conventional assembly.
The European Union and national legislative requirements globally are driving a shift to more sustainable manufacturing across many industries. Moreover, OEMs and manufacturers in many markets are outpacing regulation in their sustainability and recycling efforts. IMSE supports more sustainable operations without compromising the electronic functionality consumers want. For further information see the IDTechEx report on In-Mold Electronics 2020-2030: Technology, Market Forecasts, Players.
"Environmental responsibility is a TactoTek core value, both for our own operations and the IMSE technology that we develop and license to global mass manufacturers," stated TactoTek CEO, Jussi Harvela. "IMSE technology enables OEMs to realize their design objectives cost effectively while significantly reducing the environmental impact of electronics throughout their complete lifecycle."
In addition to reducing the use of plastics and GHG generated during manufacturing, IMSE technology utilizes clean, additive processing methods. For example, circuitry and electronics are created with printing processes, rather than toxic chemical etching. TactoTek is also working with recycling leaders to verify the best recycling methods for IMSE parts and to ensure that they are widely available.
"With IMSE there are fewer parts to design, source, manufacture, transport and assemble relative to conventional electronics assemblies," noted Marko Suo-Anttila, SVP Engineering and Operations. "With IMSE we provide our licensees with a solution that provides new design freedom while reducing GHG emissions, using less plastics and eliminating toxic waste streams. This is the just the beginning—we are also verifying a new generation of bio-based plastics and other sustainable materials for IMSE use."
TactoTek is the leading provider of Injection Molded Structural Electronics (IMSE) solutions that integrate printed circuitry and electronic components into 3D injection molded plastics. Leading IMSE use cases include human-machine interfaces (HMI), connectivity and electronic styling features for automotive, smart home, appliances and other markets. TactoTek develops and industrializes IMSE technology, creates mass production ready IMSE prototypes, and licenses IMSE technology for 3rd party IMSE part design and global mass production.
TactoTek is funded by international leaders in finance and industry committed to advancing technology solutions that benefit consumers and the environment. TactoTek investors include 3M Ventures, Repsol Energy Ventures, Faurecia Ventures, Conor Venture Partners, Voima Ventures, Nordic Option Oy, Nidoco AB and Cornes Technologies Limited. For more information, please visit www.tactotek.com .
Dave Rice, SVP of Marketing & Business Development