Flexbright Ltd that produces exceptional lighting solutions has built a totally new production line in Haukipudas at the old Nokia premises. Approximately 1.5 Million euros was invested to this fully automated setting and it is currently the only one that can print thin and flexible led foils with a Roll to Roll process.
The unique hybrid LED-lighting foil technology is now one of the fastest growing applications based on the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd developed printed electronics. So far the Flexbright LEDFOIL technology has been applied to automotive solutions, architectural infrastructure lighting and consumer products to mention a few. Flexbright technology excels in applications that require totally new performance and cannot be created with traditional lighting methods, these are also the areas expected to generate most growth too. A good example of these are the wind screens produced by Pilkington Automotive Finland Oy, part of Japanese NSG Group for buses and trains that have embedded laminated led foils within the glass which in turn function as innovative info screens.
Due to great international interest and numerous application possibilities, Flexbright is preparing for the future growth in business and is already planning their next production line. With the notable level of automation, the latest production line will not generate directly that many jobs, though in the future further development and commercialization of this technology will require numerous companies to collaborate with. The growth potential has been widely identified and the European Union Regional Development Fund is also providing funding to this production line via the North Ostrobothnia Centre for Economic Development.
Two images from the Haukipudas factory and an example of the Pilkington Automotive windscreens.
*) the header picture of Flexbright CEO Pekka Makkonen and CCO Atte Varsta is taken by Janne-Pekka Manninen
Pekka Makkonen, CEO
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