Growing demand for injection molded structural electronics drives TactoTek expansion

TactoTek HQTactoTek, headquartered in Oulu, Finland, has opened its new manufacturing and corporate headquarters, initiating a new phase of company growth. “In early 2016, TactoTek’s project pipeline began growing dramatically and foreshadowed additional production capacity requirements and staffing needs,” said Jussi Harvela, CEO, “so we started evaluating alternatives for larger facilities.”

TactoTek is a leading provider of injection molded  structural electronics (IMSE), which integrate printed circuitry and electronic components into 3D injection molded plastics for applications such as in-vehicle electronics, home and industrial appliances, and wearable technology.

“The new, purpose-built location uniquely contains all production steps of the IMSE manufacturing process, including printing, decoration, surface mounting, high-pressure thermoforming and injection molding,” commented Senior Vice President of Engineering Marko Suo-Anttila. “Our ISO Class 7 cleanroom facilities support demanding quality and consistency requirements.”

With its multi-disciplinary engineering teams, TactoTek collaborates with customers to adapt traditional electronics designs into IMSE solutions, said the company. TactoTek produces proofs-of concepts and prototypes to refine product design and electronic functionality, and define the materials stack and processing parameters.

TactoTek’s vertical integration enables rapid iterations to quickly optimize customer designs for mass production, which can be performed by TactoTek or a licensed manufacturer.

The European Regional Development Fund and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program have subsidized TactoTek’s production equipment and infrastructure, the company added.

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