MGI Acquires high-tech component printer Ceradrop
Edmond Abergel, MGI: 'Promising area'
Plastic card printer MGI Digital Graphic Technology has acquired Ceradrop, a high-tech inkjet printing component designer and manufacturer serving the printed electronics industry, in a move that positions MGI to enter emerging, high-growth markets for printed electronics.
Limoges-based Ceradrop, founded in 2006, was originally a spin-off from the world-renowned CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) laboratory, a leader in the French market for inkjet equipment for printed electronics as well as for 3D-printed components.
Ceradrop develops advanced equipment for printing high-value 2D and 3D-ceramic and organic electronic components thanks to its unique technology. Using specialist inks Ceradrop's products print highly complex components, which are used in antennas, Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) display screens, electronic chip cards, solar cells, RFID tags, printed batteries, and biomedical sensors.
They can be printed onto a wide variety of materials such as glass, metals, polymers, plastics, paper and others, presenting a wealth of applications that outperform many conventional manufacturing processes. Ceradrop currently has customers in advanced scientific laboratories such as the CEA and Centre National d' Etudes Spatiales, industrial groups including Gemalto, DisaSolar and Thales as well as American universities such as Northwestern. The genesis of the equipment Ceradrop makes stems from applied nanotechnology research, enabling it to print widths of conductive track as narrow as 50 micrometres (μ) as well as multilayer (3D) ceramic components.
Commenting on the move Edmond Abergel, president of MGI, said: "With the acquisition of Ceradrop, a new promising area of growth emerges for the MGI Group. Today, with the explosion of printed electronics and 3D-printing, new opportunities are available to us. Our technological advantages allow us to be a leader in this new business segment. With the team from Ceradrop at our side, we can establish a centre of excellence with exceptional and global expertise the field of inkjet. Integrating Ceradrop will thus enable us not only to accelerate innovation in our current markets but also to position ourselves in these new markets for printed electronics and 3D-printing, which has been widely forecast to become mass market in the next five years."