All devices powered by electricity, including large machines and smartphones, are equipped with electronic circuit boards that control electric currents to make the devices behave appropriately.
As technology progresses, devices are required to work and behave in more precise ways. To meet this requirement, electronic circuits are getting more complex. As the circuits become more complicated, the manufacturing processes also become more intricate, leading to lower production efficiency and higher production costs.
To solve this problem, the development of printed electronics is widely anticipated. By the use of this next-generation electronic circuit manufacturing technology, circuits will be printed on substrates for the manufacture of electronic components, just as characters are printed on a sheet of paper.
At present, etching represents the most widely used circuit formation method, but printed electronics will help save materials and enable the substantial omission of certain manufacturing processes, making it possible to reduce the energy required for manufacturing and lessen the environmental impacts.
Showa Denko focuses on the substrates and inks that are core components within the field of printed electronics. We foster relevant R&D by proactively making use of external knowledge and technologies in addition to our own, which allows us to make an even greater contribution to the improvement of printed electronics technologies.