Cambridge Large Area Electronics Cluster

Apr 9, 2012   //   by admin   //   CIKC Networks, Other networks

An internationally significant number of companies active in Large-Area Electronics (a catch-all term that is intended to include printed electronics, organic electronics, flexible electronics and large-area electronics etc.) are located in and around Cambridge. CIKC, based at the University of Cambridge, has been pleased to facilitate the development of the cluster through meetings, events and representation on the international stage, in, for example, European projects, such as COLAE. CIKC is a centre of excellence for low temperature processing of electronics using materials such as polymers, advanced liquid crystals, metal oxides and nanostructures for applications in computers, displays, sensing, wearables and communications.

The cluster hold meetings two or three times each year, usually with an invited speaker  followed by a networking diner. If you are working in the Large-Area Electronics field, are located within one hour of Cambridge and are interested in attending future cluster meetings please contact us (

Cluster Members At AIXTRON, we combine expertise and innovation required to develop highly complex technologies. With the most productive MOCVD systems in the world, we are enabling future applications, such as the LEDs, power electronics, and photovoltaic materials. Our work at Archipelago is focused on developing precision droplet creation and deposition systems.The customers we work for are active in the high-value manufacturing, printing, coating, and medical technology markets. Cambridge Display Technology leads the development of display technology based on polymer organic light emitting diodes. We expect to see our technology used increasingly in mobile applications, televisions and lighting. Via proprietary solution processing techniques, Cambridge Graphene Platform provides printable inks derived from graphene and other 2D layered materials. CIT technology manufactures inkjet printed flexible electronic circuits.Services include contract manufacture and rapid prototyping. Established in 1943 specifically to explore and develop the potential of silicones, Dow Corning is a global leader in silicon-based technology and innovation. We are passionate about silicon technology’s versatility, its possibilities and its unique potential to help solve some of the most important challenges facing our world. Our core competence is the development and implementation of advanced technologies for the fabrication of printed electronic and opto-electronic devices. This includes the design and synthesis of new materials, formulation of functional inks and development of new printing processes. Eight19 is a developer and manufacturer of third generation solar cells based on printed plastic.  Originating from technology initially developed at Cambridge University in the UK, these flexible, robust, lightweight solar modules benefit from high-speed manufacturing and low fabrication costs.  With a fraction of the embedded energy of conventional solar modules, printed plastic solar modules are particularly well suited to consumer and off-grid applications. With over a decade of experience, IP development and technology awards, FlexEnable works together with customers to drive innovation across flexible sensors, smart systems and video-rate displays. FlexEnable’s proven technology platform enables new mobile products, wearables, surface displays and imaging systems. Heraeus, the technology group headquartered in Hanau, Germany, is a leading international family-owned company formed in 1851. We create high-value solutions for our customers, strengthening their competitiveness for the long term. Our activities focus on a number of markets: chemical and metals, energy and the environment, communications and electronics, health, mobility, and industrial applications. ilumink is commercialising printed laser and photonic technology. Key applications include authentication, anti-counterfeiting and security products. Potential markets range from high-value consumer goods through to pharmaceuticals.ilumink is a spin-out company from the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. The company was founded by key members of the research team along with highly experienced commercial personnel. Inside2Outside are the only UK solar canopy company that bonds lightweight, thin film solar panel film with tensile membrane to create Tensile Photovoltaics (PV) or solar canopies. We focus on clean air, clean energy and low carbon technologies and are experts in the application and recycling of precious metals. Our products and services are sold across the world to a wide range of advanced technology industries. M-Solv is a global company formed to advance laser micromachining and micro deposition applications.  M-Solv performs application specific process research, design, engineering and manufacture for micron scale ablative machining and other specialised functional materials processes. Nissha is a forward thinking company. Our mission is to provide the society with cultural and economical value through the products and services based on PRINTING technology as our core competency. Nokia is a leader in the fields of network infrastructure, location-based technologies and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, and with operations around the world, Nokia invests in the technologies of the future. Novalia is an award winning technology company based in Cambridge, UK. We combine conductive print and capacitive touch to create smart surfaces that act as sensors and speakers. We wirelessly connect the digital world to the physical through the touch of your fingertips. Working across the media, advertising, music and healthcare sectors, we find innovative and exciting ways to connect brands to their target audience. Polysolar develops, designs, and project-manages Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) solutions. We are also an award winning Cambridge (UK) based developer and producer of innovative low cost solar photovoltaic glass for the BIPV market. Our unique thin-film solar PV glass is the first truly transparent alternative for conventional architectural building materials, generating renewable energy and a return on investment. PragmatIC enables printed electronic logic circuits that introduce intelligence and interactivity into a wide range of products and applications, in form factors that are not possible using silicon chips. PEL is a UK company developing processes and systems for the commercial fabrication of electronic circuits and devices using inkjet and digital methods. Our state of the art Inkjet Electronics Development Facility provides leading edge equipment and capability. Our experience can shorten product development lead-times and reduce costs. Silvaco, headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is the leading supplier of Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) software, and a major supplier of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software for circuit simulation and design of analog, mixed-signal and RF integrated circuits. 3T Technologies is focusing on the research and development of manufacturing processing solutions for the patterning of thin film devices and circuits. The core of this activity is based on a highly versatile macro/micro patterning technology brings the potential for achieving low cost patterning over large area substrates based on a simple manufacturing approach using peelable masking. Visualplanet is the home of the touchfoil™, a large format self-adhesive clear film sensor that turns any non-metallic surface into a tablet-style touch screen.