The Cicor Group aims to promote new technologies and sustainable economic development in a strategic manner. To this end, it has announced that it will open a technology centre for printed electronics in Bronschofen in the first quarter of 2019 and will invest around 1.5 million Swiss francs in further expansions over the next two years.
New additive manufacturing technologies will be developed at the Bronschofen site. According to Cicor, there is a high demand to develop and industrialize such manufacturing technologies given the growing number of electronic devices in more and more applications.
The “unique printing technology” used by Cicor “enables a wide range of conductive, non-conductive and biocompatible materials to be printed on a wide range of substrates and forms”. What’s more, by integrating circuits into 3D surfaces, the need to use an additional substrate can be eliminated. As a result, “the technology chosen by Cicor offers a significantly wider variety of printed and printable materials” and can significantly reduce the size of devices for medical, aerospace and IoT applications.
Cicor will also merge its plastic injection moulding activities in Singapore and Batam, Indonesia. The Batam site will be “upgraded to ‘best-in-class’ production for high-precision components including coating”. The competence centre for the construction of complex tools and moulds for processing thermoplastics will remain in Singapore.