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The international chemical and pharmaceutical group Solvay today signs an agreement to become part of the research network of Holst Centre, an open-innovation initiative by IMEC (Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands).
Flexible organic electronics - or systems-in-foil - will in the future be driven by an industry producing, laminating and combining a variety of smart foils. As an example, one can envisage light-emitting foils, memory- and processing foils being powered by a battery- or organic photovoltaic (OPV), forming products like intelligent wall-paper, smart bandages and smart windows. This requires an entire chain of production, involving companies with dedicated knowhow in one or some of the intermediate steps. Getting a systems-in-foil product efficiently to the market will therefore require insight in the vast number of possible technologies and solutions. Also, this allows industrial standardization being set-up in an early stage.
To support this vision, Holst Centre gathers an entire ecosystem of materials suppliers, equipment vendors and integrated device manufacturers around a shared research program with a well-defined central roadmap. Solvay is the newest partner joining in the Systems-in-Foil program. It thereby adds another impressive name to a list of world-leading partners (both large multinationals as SMEs): ASML, Agfa, Akzo Nobel, Bekaert, Huntsman, Merck, NXP, Orbotech, Philips, Polymer Vision and Singulus Mastering.
The contract is signed between Solvay and TNO, coordinator of the Systems-in-Foil program. By joining the program, Solvay will actively take part in the research on-site of the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, where Holst Centre is located. Industrial residents of Solvay will join forces with the interdisciplinary teams of Holst Centre researchers, PhDs and industrial residents of the other program partners.
About Holst Centre
Holst Centre is an independent open-innovation R&D centre that develops generic technologies for Wireless Autonomous Transducer Solutions and for Systems-in-Foil. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia around shared roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs.
Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by IMEC (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) with support from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Government of Flanders. It is named after Gilles Holst, a Dutch pioneer in Research and Development and first director of Philips Research.
Located on the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 100 employees (growing to over 200 by 2010) and a commitment from over 15 leading industrial partners.
SOLVAY is an international chemical and pharmaceutical Group with headquarters in Brussels. It employs more than 28,000 people in 50 countries. In 2007, its consolidated sales amounted to EUR 9.6 billion, generated by its three sectors of activity: Chemicals, Plastics and Pharmaceuticals. Solvay (NYSE Euronext : SOLB.BE - Bloomberg: SOLB.BB - Reuters: SOLBt.BR) is listed on the NYSE Euronext stock exchange in Brussels. Details are available at www.solvay.com.
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