Henkel and Quad partner for printed electronics

Henkel Adhesive Technologies and Quad Industries have expanded their existing collaboration to create, prototype and manufacture printed electronics via flatbed screen printing.

Quad Industries has partnered with Henkel for design creation, prototyping and manufacturing of printed electronics.

Henkel’s Adhesive Technologies business unit has a broad portfolio of conductive inks and coatings that enable flexible, cost-efficient and high-performing applications. Stijn Gillissen, head of Printed Electronics at Henkel, explained: “Our network enables us to provide customers not only with products and knowledge, but also connecting them with circuit designers, printing manufacturers or external IoT specialists. Together we can leverage the potential of digital transformations by utilizing the benefits of printed electronics.”

Quad Industries, based in Sint-Niklaasmin Belgium, specialises in developing user interfaces, control panels and sensing devices for both consumer and industrial applications. Arne Casteleyn, managing director of Sales and Strategy at Quad Industries, commented: “At Quad Industries we see the growing potentials for electronics manufacturers to innovate with new material solutions provided by leading material suppliers such as Henkel.”

He continued: “By enlarging our strategic partnership with Henkel, we aim to strengthen the creation of printed electronics solutions such as electronic skin patches, stretchable sensors, film heaters or film antennas and even accelerate the time to market.”

He cited a recent collaboration where Quad Industries and Henkel teamed up with four other medical and technology companies to help the medical services company Byteflies develop a smart health patch for remote patient monitoring. The system was initially set up to monitor the vital functions of patients with heart failure and epilepsy. But following the outbreak of Covid-19 it was repurposed for coronavirus patients. 

This new Covid-19 smart health patch allows continuous, remote, and wireless monitoring of patients’ respiration, heart rate, and temperature and is already applied by numerous hospitals in Flanders, Belgium, to monitor up to 300 patients infected with the virus. Henkel has developed medical electrodes and conductive inks that enable the patch to be used for five days rather than just one. Quad Industries printed the electronic circuit on a very thin and stretchable foil and integrated the technology into the wearable patches.

Henkel and Quad Industries have now expanded the strategic partnership they began in 2019. Gillissen explained: “The closer collaboration will enable us to offer our customers a ‘one-stop shop’ for prototyping printed electronics innovations in a matter of weeks,” adding: “As our trusted ecosystem partner Quad Industries will support the prototyping, design creation and manufacturing of printed electronics via flatbed screen printing. This includes the optimization of printed sensors based on Henkel´s materials know-how as well as the production of high-volume applications.”

Casteleyn says that the partnership will give customers direct access to the companies´ R&D teams, noting: “Together we can offer quick feasibility analysis and fast functional prototyping of novel customer ideas.”

You can find further details at henkel.com and quad-ind.com.

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