Plastic Logic, a manufacturer of plastic electronics, opened a state-of-the-art commercial scale plastic electronics manufacturing facility on Sept. 17. The Dresden factory is a fully automated and integrated facility that will begin volume production of displays based on Plastic Logic's proprietary plastic electronics technology.
"The world's first commercial scale plastic electronics manufacturing facility is now open," said Plastic Logic CEO Richard Archuleta. "Today marks an extraordinary achievement for our company and the plastic electronics industry. It also marks a major milestone in preparation for the delivery of our first consumer electronics product early next year."
Plastic Logic's core technology solves the critical issue in manufacturing high-resolution transistor arrays on flexible plastic substrates using a low-temperature. The process is simpler than conventional glass silicon processes, and produces active matrix displays that are thinner, lighter and more robust than glass.
The Dresden factory is set to begin volume production of the display that is the key feature of Plastic Logic's forthcoming electronic reading product, scheduled to come to market in early 2009.
"Our on-time opening of this first-of-its-kind facility was made possible by the ingenuity, dedication and tireless efforts of our employees both here and in the UK, our ability to enlist and collaborate with a group of world-class suppliers, and the strong commitment of German officials and our investors," said Konrad Herre, Vice President of Manufacturing.
Plastic Logic was founded in 2000 by researchers out of the Cambridge University Cavendish Laboratory. Its first product, focused on reading digital content, will enter the marketplace in early 2009.