The nanoelectronics research center IMEC, Hasselt University and the Belgian screen printing company Artist Screen announce the start of their spin-off Lumoza NV. The new company develops and commercializes large area screen printed electronics for the advertising and packaging industry.
Lumoza's technology for large area screen printed electronics combines electroluminescent ink with a driver that controls the sequence and timing of the animation. The result is an electroluminescent computer animation that can be printed, just like ink, on all kind of surfaces, for example on a thin plastic foil. And afterwards, folded, rolled up, bended or wrapped.
Application opportunities for Lumoza's printed electronics are infinite:
luminous ceilings or furniture, innovative packaging, animated printed bill boards, clothing, or vehicle coating, etc. Wouter Moons, CEO of
Lumoza: "In this first phase, we address the advertising and packaging industry. Both are continuously looking for innovative products. The dvd-packaging industry has already shown interest, as they are looking for new appealing packaging alternatives. On the longer term, more sustained applications are envisioned, for example in the construction industry."
The creation of Lumoza perfectly suits the open innovation vision of its founding fathers: IMEC, Hasselt University and Artist Screen. The innovative R&D activities of Hasselt University and IMEC, combined with the production expertise of Artist Screen offer a perfect harmony between innovation and production. IMEC and Hasselt University have an elaborate track record on printable electronics. Prof. dr. Dirk Vanderzande and prof. dr. Jean Manca have been focusing their research and development on the printability of plastic electronics for several years. The Belgian screen printing company Artist Screen is particularly experienced in printing on pvc. Artist Screen offers the start-up immediate production capacity and access to two important markets: packaging and advertising. These two markets are ideal for Lumoza since it is immediately able to apply reasonably simple and mature technology.
IMEC performs world-leading research in nanotechnology. IMEC leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its industrial partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. IMEC delivers industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society.
IMEC is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Taiwan, US, China and Japan. Its staff of more than 1,650 people include over 550 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2008, IMEC's revenue (P&L) was 270 million euro. Further information on IMEC can be found at www.imec.be .
About Hasselt University
At Hasselt University fundamental and applied research are closely linked and focused on well-chosen spearhead fields. Thus, the top research activities in our research institutes contribute to essential innovation. In the (Eu)region, Hasselt University is one of the driving forces for the knowledge economy. The university coaches young people to become entrepreneurs and leaders for the future knowledge economy. More information about the unique Hasselt University approach on http://www1.uhasselt.be/techtransfer_en.
The Institute for Materials research (IMO) from the Hasselt University and IMOMEC, the associated laboratory from IMEC, work in close collaboration.. IMO-IMOMEC?s core competence is the development and characterization of new material systems with potential use in microelectronics, optoelectronics, bioelectronics and nanotechology. More information about IMO-IMOMEC on http://www.imo.uhasselt.be/.
About Artist Screen
Artist Screen from Dilsen-Lanklaar (Belgium) was established 30 years ago by Hans Zanders. It is a leading company on screen printing and refinement of printed matters. The company counts 17 employees and grows continuously every year.
Lumoza: Wouter Moons, CEO Lumoza, M: +32 (0)478 54 28 48, firstname.lastname@example.org IMEC : Hanne Degans, Press Officer, T: +32 16 28 17 69, Mobile : +32 486
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UHasselt: Contact UHasselt: Prof. dr. Jean Manca, IMO-IMOMEC, UHasselt,
T: + 32 (0)11 268879, firstname.lastname@example.org, Prof. dr. Dirk Vanderzande, T: + 32(0) 11 268321 en dr Ann-Pascale Bijnens, Tech Transfer UHasselt, M: + 32 (0) 494 180 414, email@example.com Artist Screen: Hans Zander, CEO Artist screen, M: +32 (0)499 07 01 97, firstname.lastname@example.org