Enhanced functional properties and full flexibility for electronics and additive mass-manufacturing
London, June 24, 2021 – ioTech Group Ltd (“ioTech”), a future shaping start-up, is set to change the electronics industry and additive manufacturing with the introduction of the world’s first Continuous Laser Assisted Deposition (C.L.A.D.) technology. ioTech’s first system is dedicated to electronics manufacturing.
Headquartered in the UK, and with an R&D footprint in Israel, ioTech has been developing a unique disruptive multi-material additive manufacturing technology since early 2016. C.L.A.D. can process almost any industry certified material at high resolution and high speed, enabling full scale digital production. For the first time, manufacturers can use their standard industrial materials, control the deposition of each single drop and reach unmatched production yields.
The speed and capacity of the technology deliver complete commercial solutions across multiple industries and hold great potential for mass-manufacturing applications such as semiconductor packaging and printed circuit boards, manufacturing and assembly.
“We are excited to introduce our unique C.L.A.D. technology to the electronics industry and additive manufacturing,” states Dr Michael Zenou, ioTech’s co-founder and CTO. “Its ability to deposit any flowable industrial material for so many applications is unprecedented. It will increase production efficiencies and encourage innovation for many companies. A whole host of industries will be able to adopt an agile manufacturing approach to deliver fully functional products fast, facilitating mass customization when required, and at the same time, be eco-friendly. The flexibility of C.L.A.D. is simply remarkable.”
Vote of confidence by ASM Pacific Technologies and Henkel Adhesive Technologies
ASM Pacific Technologies (“ASMPT”), a leading global supplier of hardware and software solutions for the manufacturing of semi-conductors and electronics was an early investor in ioTech. ASMPT has increased its investment into the company, in tandem with the entry of another significant investor, Henkel Adhesive Technologies, a global leader in the adhesives market.
“The potential in the electronics manufacturing market is large, and we believe we are partnering with ioTech at the right time,” said Guenter Schindler, Senior Vice President, Business Excellence, ASMPT. “ioTech’s solutions will be a game-changer for the industrial 3D printing paradigm across many industries, not just electronics manufacturing.”
“This novel and scalable technology complements our existing portfolio in adhesives, sealants and functional coatings,” explains Paolo Bavaj, Head of Corporate Venturing, Henkel Adhesive Technologies. “We are convinced that ioTech’s unique technology will drive the further miniaturization in the electronics industry and provide added value to our customers. We aim together with ioTech to unlock further opportunities for innovative mass-manufacturing applications across Henkel´s large customer base.”
“ioTech is thrilled to receive ASMPT and Henkel’s vote of confidence,” adds Hervé Javice, ioTech’s co-founder and CEO. “These investments are a validation of our disruptive technology. In cooperation with both companies, we have identified multiple existing and novel applications in electronics manufacturing. ioTech’s unique system will add significant value for electronics manufacturers in terms of innovative designs and higher yields. We look forward to a successful and fruitful collaboration with both ASMPT and Henkel.”
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About ioTech Group Ltd
Founded in 2016, ioTech is headquartered in London, UK with its R&D activities in Israel. ioTech is a fast-growing venture that has developed the world’s first Continuous Laser Assisted Deposition (C.L.A.D.) technology that can process most standard industrial materials. ioTech’s system can print and combine multiple (flowable) materials at high resolution and at high speed, offering the flexibility of dispensing at the speed of screen printing. With over 30 patents, many of them granted, ioTech is a pioneer in Additive Manufacturing innovation. Its deep technology know-how is set to become a key contributor to multiple industries such as electronics, automotive, aerospace, telecom and medical equipment. For more information, please visit www.i-o-tech.com.
About ASM Pacific Technology Limited (“ASMPT”)
ASMPT (HKEX stock code: 0522) is a leading global supplier of hardware and software solutions for the manufacture of semiconductors and electronics. Headquartered in Singapore, ASMPT’s offerings encompass the semiconductor assembly & packaging, and SMT (surface mount technology) industries, ranging from wafer deposition to the various solutions that organise, assemble and package delicate electronic components into a vast range of end-user devices, which include electronics, mobile communications, computing, automotive, industrial and LED (displays). ASMPT partners with customers very closely, with continuous investment in R&D helping to provide cost-effective, industry-shaping solutions that achieve higher productivity, greater reliability and enhanced quality.
ASMPT is one of the constituent stocks of the Hang Seng TECH Index, Hang Seng Composite MidCap Index under the Hang Seng Composite Size Indexes, the Hang Seng Composite Information Technology Industry Index under Hang Seng Composite Industry Indexes and the Hang Seng Hong Kong 35 Index. To learn more about ASMPT, please visit us at www.asmpacific.com.
Henkel operates globally with a well-balanced and diversified portfolio. The company holds leading positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations and technologies. Henkel Adhesive Technologies is the global leader in the adhesives market – across all industry segments worldwide. In its Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care businesses, Henkel holds leading positions in many markets and categories around the world. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 140 years of success. In 2020, Henkel reported sales of more than 19 billion euros and adjusted operating profit of about 2.6 billion euros. Henkel employs about 53,000 people globally – a passionate and highly diverse team, united by a strong company culture, a common purpose to create sustainable value, and shared values. As a recognized leader in sustainability, Henkel holds top positions in many international indices and rankings. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX. For more information, please visit www.henkel.com.
About Henkel Tech Ventures
Henkel Tech Ventures is the corporate venture capital arm of Henkel Adhesive Technologies, established in 2016. Headquartered in Düsseldorf, it functions as a connector between external innovators and Henkel. Through networking, consulting, partnerships and investments, the unit supports the growth of startups and at the same time enhances Henkel’s new business development efforts. For more information, please visit www.henkel-tech.ventures.
|For more information, please contact: ioTech|
Ingrid Van Loocke
Phone: +32 478 51 44 15
About Continuous Laser Assisted Deposition (C.L.A.D)
Continuous Laser Assisted Deposition technology makes full scale digital mass-manufacturing a reality without compromise
ioTech’s system has been engineered to be simple and robust, with minimum maintenance. Manufacturing using C.L.A.D.’s breakthrough technology consists of three main steps:
- Material micro-coating onto a foil
- Pulse-laser jetting onto the substrate
- Multi-function inline post-processing.
Coating and jetting include micron precision and continuous closed loop monitoring. The integrated in-line post-processing includes UV and thermal curing as well as laser sintering and ablation, enabling fast production of end-use parts in very high quality, in one production step.
Contact-Free, Mask-Free, Nozzle-Free, Clog-Free
The combination of unique nozzle-free, contact-free and laser jetting deposition capabilities enables ultra-fast, highly accurate deposition of up to six materials, at the same time. Currently unprintable flowable industrial materials can now be deposited with ease. ioTech’s open C.L.A.D system allows the deposition of a very wide range of polymers, silicones, ceramic pastes, metal pastes, solders and adhesives.
With ioTech’s cutting edge additive manufacturing solution, any material can be digitally jetted at resolutions ranging from as fine as 20µm, all the way to 500µm. The dynamic resolution feature enables both high speed and high resolution, whenever required.
Being an additive manufacturing technology, it is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional manufacturing methods. The C.L.A.D. system’s initial release is optimized for electronics applications such as semiconductor assembly and packaging, as well as PCB manufacturing.
ioTech’s breakthrough technologies are protected by an extensive IP portfolio.