MGI Digital Graphic Technology has announced the acquisition of 100% stake in CERADROP, a company specializing in the design and manufacturing of high-end professional inkjet printing systems for the printed electronics industry. With this operation, MGI Digital Graphic Technology positions itself in a new high growth market, where it will deploy the same innovation that has led to its current international success in the graphic arts industry.
A French leader
CERADROP is a cutting-edge French company based in Limoges, France, founded in 2006, by members of the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique) the world-renowned laboratory, and in under just seven years has become the French leader in inkjet equipment for printed electronics market and the printing of 3D components.
A unique technology coupled with very specific inks, CERADROP has developed advanced equipment for printing both 2D and 3D-ceramic and organic electronic components with high added-value, such as antennas, Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) display screens, electronic chip cards, solar cells, RFID tags, printed batteries, and biomedical sensors.
These components can be printed onto a wide variety of materials such as glass, metals, polymers, plastics, paper and others to open up a wealth of applications that outperforms many conventional manufacturing processes.
CERADROP’s product lineup is capable of adapting to itself to print very complex component designs and overcome constraints linked to the type of materials being deposited via inkjet with an exclusive patented software suite. Ceradrop currently counts among their customers advanced scientific laboratories such as the CEA and Centre National d' Etudes Spatiales in Fraunhofer Germany, industrial groups such as Gemalto, DisaSolar and Thales, as well as American universities such as Northwestern.
Another important high growth market includes printed OLED displays for the industrial and third generation printed solar panels.
The equipment manufactured and marketed by CERADROP has been developed from applied research in the field of nanotechnology. CERADROP solutions are able to print from 50μ wide conductive track to multilayer ceramic components such as 3D-printing.
CERADROP counts on a team of 15 Doctors, engineers and technicians and integrates the entire value chain at the Limoges site in France. The company is currently involved in several major research programs, illustrating its recognized technological expertise:
- SPrinTronics to equip Europeans players in the electronics and solar industry disruptive technology in areas such as medical, aerospace, digital security and electric vehicles;
- ASTRIJE managed by CEA on the implementation of printed fuel cells using inkjet printing;
- CerMJet developed with the DGA in the field of printed ceramic magnetic components;
A market forecasted more than 40 billion dollars in 2020
The manufacturing of electronic components using printing processes has been forecasted to grow exponentially in the coming years. These new processes are intended for sectors as diverse as energy, aerospace, defense, transportation and health and require large volumes of production.
The advantages of printed electronics over traditional methods are numerous: lower investments, mass customization, performance, integration of components on substrates of any size and complexity.