TactoTek and Marquardt announced that the companies are developing an injection molded structural electronics (IMSE™) solution for a leading automotive OEM in their first collaboration project. The pre-development project is for a specific vehicle family and includes full automotive validation of the IMSE parts.
“As the OEM’s designers evaluated how to realize their vision, IMSE became the preferred technology choice: IMSE enables more functionality, better performance and easier integration. TactoTek worked directly with the OEM to develop and produce proofs-of-concept,” noted Sami Hyyryläinen, SVP Field Operations at TactoTek. “However, this OEM, and others, typically prefer to rely on their established suppliers for mass production. This is why TactoTek’s primary business model is licensing our technology – we invest in technology innovation and industrialization that our licensees can leverage with their customers. We are very pleased to be collaborating with Marquardt on this project.”
Marquardt is well-known for its expertise in developing mechanics, electronics and software in synergy to create rewarding user experiences. The company has a long history as a creative mechatronics expert and partner for leading brands.
“As the OEM’s design objectives are very challenging, IMSE is a natural choice to us. Delivering the full electronics feature set with the limited packaging depth and complex part shape would be difficult with a traditional electronics assembly,” noted Dr. Frank Stier, Director Innovations at Marquardt Group. “This is our first IMSE project, and we are eager to collaborate with TactoTek; we see many opportunities for IMSE solutions in the automotive industry and other markets.”
TactoTek is a leading provider of solutions for Injection Molded Structural Electronics (IMSE) that integrate printed circuitry and electronic components into 3D injection molded plastics. Leading use cases include in-vehicle applications, home/industrial appliances and wearable technology. TactoTek develops and industrializes IMSE technology, develops mass production ready IMSE prototypes, and licenses IMSE technology for 3rd party mass production. TactoTek is funded by Conor Venture Partners, Voima Ventures, Nordic Option Oy, Valeado AB, Faurecia Ventures, 3M Ventures, Cornes Technologies Limited, Repsol Energy Ventures, Plastic Omnium, Nanogate, Ascend Capital Partners, Leaguer VC, Nordea, Finnvera, ELY Center, Business Finland, various European Union’s funding programs and private angels. For more information, please visit www.tactotek.com
Marquardt, a family-run company founded in 1925 and based in Rietheim-Weilheim, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electromechanical and electronic switches and switching systems. The products of the mechatronics expert are used by many well-known customers in the automotive industry and include operating components, vehicle access, driver authorization systems and battery management systems. The company’s systems are also used in household appliances, industrial applications and power tools. Marquardt Group employs more than 11,000 members of staff worldwide at 20 locations in four continents. The company generated 1.3 billion euros sales revenue in the fiscal year 2018. Each year, Marquardt invests around ten percent of its revenues in research & development.