EIPIT 1&2 • Research and innovation for printers and converters
Conventional printers and converters can hope to capture 10 to 15% of the printed electronics market, but to do so they need to diversify their business.
The EIPIT (Électronique Imprimée Pour Imprimeurs Transformateurs, or printed electronics for printers and converters) project helps businesses do just that. It sets up infrastructure and initial developments for innovative or habit-changing products.
With its laboratory, ImprimLAB, the EIPIT project wants to:
- have tools and pilots that can be used to develop enabling technologies
- transfer these new technologies to the usual equipment of the businesses taking part in the project
- develop, using enabling technologies, innovative products for each of the project’s partner businesses
- carry out training initiatives for all the businesses in France via other funding arrangements
- perform non-subsidised services for businesses across France, via ImprimLab
The printing and converting sector is experiencing a sharp downturn, with a drop in activity of between approximately 6 and 7% each year since 2007. This is primarily due to the drive towards paperless communications.
To respond to these new practices, these industries must adapt. They need to shift from printing with ink that simply provides colour to printing with functional ink that delivers new uses, such as barrier properties or interactivity, or the ability to react to electrical currents. This is all the more important as the printed electronics field has been earmarked as an area with a high potential for development. An IDTechex report predicts the market will be worth 300 billion dollars by 2030.
EIPIT 1 key info
Project type: ERDF
Start date: 1 February 2013
Project duration: 36 months
Total cost: €2,829,038
ERDF funding: €1,414,519
The businesses involved in the project now know that their business will stand the test of time thanks to the development of new professional products using the R&D tools.
Those that have already produced professional products using functional printing now want to expand their skills. It is therefore essential that the development of new enabling technologies adapted to the printing and converting field continues.
The second stage of the EIPIT project is under way, and uses the same work model.