On 30 January 2019, TactoTek announced that Nanogate, a specialist for high-tech surfaces and components, will promote and manufacture its injection moulded structural electronics (IMSE) solutions as a licensee. According to the company, technology transfer is underway and Nanogate expects to be IMSE ready for mass production by the end of 2019.
TactoTek is a provider of IMSE solutions that integrate printed circuitry and electronic components into 3D injection moulded plastics. The company said that IMSE licensing provides expansive operating latitude in the IMSE domain, including rights to TactoTek intellectual property, e.g., patents, trade secrets and know-how, as well as hands-on technology transfer.
Nanogate currently has ten factories: six in Germany and one in each of Austria, Slovakia, the Netherlands and in OH, USA. The company’s first IMSE manufacturing facility is in Austria, where it has expertise manufacturing IML parts for automotive customers. Nanogate develops and produces design-oriented surfaces and components and enhances them with additional properties (e.g. nonstick, scratchproof, anticorrosive). The company has a comprehensive portfolio of surface technologies and particular expertise in metallisation using physical vapour deposition (PVD) processes. The products are used in several markets, including automotive, home appliances, consumer electronics, aviation and medical. Customers of Nanogate include, e.g., Airbus, Audi, August Brötje, BMW, BSH Hausgeräte, Daimler, Fila, Ford, Fresenius, GM, Jaguar, Junghans, Porsche and Volkswagen.
“Across the markets that we serve we have strong and growing demand for integrating electronic functions with a wide variety of high quality cosmetic surfaces,” said Ralf Zastrau, CEO of Nanogate. “The partnership with TactoTek strengthens our comprehensive expertise from design to mass production delivery of intelligent surfaces – solutions that combine beautiful cosmetics with sophisticated electronic functions. IMSE technology complements our other strategic moves, including our acquisition of Nanogate heT Engineering (heT).”
“Nanogate is an established system provider for innovative and premier surfaces for several markets, including automotive, home appliances, and industrial segments,” said Jussi Harvela, TactoTek CEO. “TactoTek’s licensing model makes us an innovation partner for companies seeking to deliver more value for their customers; it also responds directly to OEM’s preference to work with IMSE suppliers with whom they have established relationships. Nanogate is among the first-movers and will be a preferred mass production partner.”