The Russian Flexible Electronics Center Is a Partner in Development and Production Work on the First Flexible Display That Uses Full-Fledged E-Paper

03 December 2020

The Russian Flexible Electronics Center (belongs to the TechnoSpark Group of Companies, part of the investment network of RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs) has become a key partner in batch production of TFT matrices for the world’s first flexible, full-color, e-paper display that takes flex circuits as its cornerstone, and which was presented on December 3, 2020 by E Ink, the world’s leading manufacturer of “e-paper”.

The Russian Flexible Electronics Center Is a Partner in Development and Production Work on the First Flexible Display That Uses Full-Fledged E-Paper

The new color display is flexible, lightweight, and durable thanks to a plastic TFT matrix, and can transmit a complete gamut of colors. Just like other displays that use e-ink, it does not catch the glare of the sun, and is set apart by its extremely low level of power consumption. Thin, lightweight displays are ideal for wearable applications, an area where the market keeps growing. According to forecasts made by IdTechEX, by 2026 that will reach more than $150 bln per year.

The Russian Flexible Electronics Center is the manufacturing partner for the project to create first flexible color screen with a plastic TFT matrix. The screen uses thin-film organic TFT matrices, and reflective e-paper, to reproduce the full degree of color in every pixel. The R&D work to develop this was performed by the companies E Ink and Plastic Logic. Samples of flexible, full-color displays that incorporate electronic paper will be available to electronics manufacturers this year.

“Flexible electronics permit us to create new products with displays on full-color e-paper that will be in high demand - for example, bright energy-efficient signs, customized bracelets, clothes with durable and comfortable screens, and decorative items - and we are ready to manufacture the key components for them,” said Alexey Gostomelskiy, the general director of the Russian Flexible Electronics Center.

The Russian Flexible Electronics Center (whose international brand is TEN flecs) is the only company in Russia that has put cutting-edge technology for flexible electronics into commercial production. The plant makes prototypes for and manufactures key components for displays and sensors that take organic and metal oxide thin-film, flexible electronics technology as their foundation. The Russian Flexible Electronics Center belongs to the TechnoSpark Group of Companies, part of the investment network of RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs. The production facility was opened in March 2020, and the plant is located in New Moscow, in the city of Troitsk.

Currently, displays with full color e-paper are manufactured with rigid bases, and are used in advertising media that do not require flexible shape factors. Flexible electronics technology allows new applications to be added that require thinner, lighter displays.

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The TechnoSpark Group of Companies, a part of the investment network of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, is involved in all aspects of venture creation: from establishing a start-up to its sale. The TechnoSpark Group of Companies is in the hardware industry, working in areas, such as robotics in logistics, energy storage systems, hi-tech medical equipment, diamond optics, braided composites, optical and industrial surfaces, genomics, industrial microbiology, thin-film integrated photovoltaics, additive technologies and flexible electronics. The Group of Companies is in first place according to the National rating of Russia’s most effective technology parks and was included in the National Rating of Russian Fast-growing Technology Companies, TechUp 2019. It is also a part of the community of startup studios, the Global Startup Studio Network (GSSN).

For more information about the company, visit technospark.ru