Ynvisible, YDreams’ first spinout company that develops and markets interactive solutions for everyday printed items, will take part in DRUPA 2012, the World’s largest printing fair, at Messe Dusseldorf, in Germany. Visitors to the event can find the Ynvisible booth at Stand 70C25 in Hall 7.
About Drupa Drupa is the largest printing equipment exhibition in the world, held every four years at Messe Düsseldorf in Germany. The last edition, in 2008, counted 390,044 visitors, plus 1,953 exhibitors from 54 countries, covering a total of 17.9 hectares of space.
Ynvisible, YDreams’ first spin-out company, has successfully set up the first production site for the assembly of its interactive displays and their integration into final products, enabling the company to take on its first higher-volume commercial projects. This first production capacity is the result of a partnership between Ynvisible and Guide, a printing house with over four decades of experience specialized in graphic design and printing services for the publishing industry.
The partnership between the two companies brings together Ynvisible’s technological know-how and Guide’s experience in industrial printing. In addition to the installation and optimization of the production process, Guide will also be involved in the production efforts to deliver Ynvisible’s commercial projects.
After a successful series of tests, Ynvisible is currently producing batches of final products for its first commercial projects. First products will be delivered in the coming weeks to international clients. The installed capacity allows Ynvisible to produce up to tens of thousands of units of a final product per month, using in large part conventional printing processes.
According to Jani-Mikael Kuusisto, Ynvisible’s Chief Business Development Officer, “the set up of Ynvisible’s first production line is a major achievement that will allow the company to start delivering commercial projects and test different market applications. In addition, it is also a critical infrastructure for developing and testing future generations of Ynvisible’s technologies and products”.
Nuno Penedo, Guide’s CEO, added that “Ynvisible’s technology brings new life to traditional printed/graphic products. The combination of electronic elements and paper products provides new opportunities for an ancient substrate – paper – and offers an energy boost to the graphic arts and printing industries.”
The partners are looking to expand their forms of collaboration, as Ynvisible introduces its technologies and interactive solutions to further production locations and geographical markets.
Ynvisible's Interactive Badge for the Printed Electronics Tradeshow
The badges contain three interactive graphic layers, activated by the push of a button. Each layer, designed specifically for the event, conveys IDTechEx’s marketing messages. Technologically, the interactive badges are a hybrid solution, based on a combination of printed electronics ̶ Ynvisible’s electrochromics-based interactive graphics and Enfucell’s SoftBattery® ̶ and traditional electronics, namely the printed circuit boards, buttons and wiring. Designers from Ynvisible and IDTechEx jointly designed the interactive badges, with the final assembly of badges carried out by Ynvisible.
“The combination of established color printing and printed interactive graphics brings new levels of interaction and communication power to everyday items. Consumers who enjoy the interactivity of on-line content and services will now increasingly start to find such features also in printed products”, said Jani-Mikael Kuusisto, Chief Business Development Officer for Ynvisible.
IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2011 conference and tradeshow is the biggest event in the world on the topic. This year’s tradeshow will be the largest Printed Electronics exhibition to date, with 105 exhibiting companies already confirmed. The tradeshow is on from November 30th to December 1st, 2011 at the Santa Clara Convention Centre.
This past June, Ynvisible and Enfucell, a leading Eurpean Cleantech company, collaborated on an integrated prototype for the 2011 edition of LOPE-C in Frankfurt. Both companies are now looking to extend this partnership in order to pursue integrated commercial applications and joint development projects. Potential joint products include magazine covers and greeting cards.
Furthermore, the YDreams spinout has a new edition to its team: industry veteran Jani-Mikael Kuusisto, previously Business Development Manager for Printed Intelligence at VTT, the largest applied research organization in Northern Europe, joins Ynvisible as its Chief Business Development Officer.
Ynvisible, YDreams’ first spin out, was recently at LOPE-C (Frankurt’s Large-area, Organic & Printed Electronics) Convention from June 28th to the 30th, 2011 to showcase the printed electronics developer’s various prototypes.
Ynvisible’s revolutionary technology was a key factor in convincing Jani-Mikael Kuusisto to come on board as Chief Business Development Officer, a position he previously occupied atVTT Finland. Mr. Kuuisto officially joins Ynvisible on August 1st, 2011.
The video below shows Ynvisible CEO Inês Henriques explaining the prototypes developed thus far:
Parent-company YDreams now counts three spinouts and one joint venture
The YDreams Group is proud to announce that its members are growing in number. A joint-venture with a North American partner brought us Audience Entertainment in December 2008; Ynvisible, dedicated to developing and producing electrochromic displays was officially launched in early 2010, and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in February 2011.
2011 ushered in two more spinout companies – Yvision, developer and producer of software development kits, and more recently YDRobotics, which will specialize in robotics and mechatronics fields.
YDreams interactive surfaces spinout, Ynvisible, recently struck a deal with Xennia, a world-leading industrial inkjet printing solutions provider, to optimize inks used for the industrial printing of electrochromic displays.
Based on its vast experience in the industrial inkjet printing of different materials, Xennia will work with the interactive surfaces spin-out to optimize the chemical formulations for Ynvisible’s inks, thereby enabling a more rapid industrialization of its displays, as well as, the guaranteed quality and efficiency of the inks used in large-scale printing processes.
Click HERE to read full news release on Ynvisible’s website.
The program, on Portuguese cable news channel TVi24, includes an interview with Inês Henriques, Ynvisible’s CEO (YDreams first spin-out company) as well as, a visit to the company’s laboratory at the Faculty of Science and Technology at the New University of Lisbon.
Click HERE to watch the video. Coverage of Ynvisible starts at 01:42.
Ynvisible, created in January 2010 as our first spin-out company, for the development of new technologies in printed electronics, will list its shares on the First Quotation Board (Open Market) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange starting February 9th, 2011.
The initial stages of Ynvisible’s technology development date back to 2005, when YDreams and research groups from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology at the New University of Lisbon (FCT/UNL) started a joint research initiative aimed at developing electrochromic displays on a variety of surfaces. This partnership is still active and going strong, particularly with FCT/UNL’s Photochemistry and Supramolecular Chemistry Group, led by Prof. Fernando Pina.
Ynvisible’s goal is to become a world-leading developer of electrochromic displays which may be printed on any surface or object, including paper, plastic, glass, ceramics, wood-based materials and cork. Ynvisible is targeting the mass production of electrochromic displays that are printed, flexible, transparent, low power, sunlight-readable and low cost.
For more information, or to read the company’s complete news release and extended summary, check out there website at: http://www.ynvisible.com/
On this end, we’ll be sure to fill you in all future developments!