The coronavirus epidemic has a significant impact on the industry (photo: @padrinan – pixabay.com)


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Nanogate SE (Göttelborn, Germany), a leading global technology company for design-oriented, multifunctional components and surfaces, is expecting the coronavirus pandemic to have significant negative effects on sales, earnings and liquidity in the 2020 fiscal year. To ensure the continued existence of the group, Nanogate is applying for financial aid from the promotional bank KfW and is planning considerable cost cutting, including government-subsidised short-time work.

 
RFID-labels from Schreiner MediPharm for syringes and vials, combined with Kit Check’s tracking solution, enable an automated medication management (photo: Schreiner Group)


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Error-free medication management in hospitals can save lives. Medicines equipped with RFID-labels can be tracked from the hospital pharmacy to bedside dispensing and their availability ensured. This presupposes that the RFID-Label and tracking system are perfectly matched. The new partnership between pharma label specialist Schreiner MediPharm (Oberschleißheim, Germany) and the US company Kit Check, a provider of RFID tracking software and hardware, is intended to ensure this in the future.

 
Sun Chemical has issued a statement concerning the situation of the supply chains during the ongoing coronavirus crisis (photo: @geralt – pixabay.com)


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As the Coronavirus (also referred to as COVID-19) spreads, Sun Chemical (Parsippany, New Jersey) continues to monitor the changing economic landscape and the impact to its global supply chain. In response, the company has issued the following statement from Jeffrey Shaw, chief supply chain officer.

 
AIXTRON’s G5+ C tool (photo: AIXTRON)


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AIXTRON SE (Herzogenrath, Germany), a leading provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry, announced that KONKA Group Co., Ltd. has ordered multiple AIX G5+ C and AIX 2800G4-TM MOCVD systems to build its own volume production of GaN-based (gallium nitride) and AsP-based (arsenide-phosphide) Mini- and Micro LEDs. KONKA, which recently announced its plans to enter the North American consumer electronics market in 2020, established its Micro LED initiative as a joint venture with Chongqing Liangshan Industrial Investment Co. Most recently, the Chinese electronics manufacturer has launched its “Smart Wall” Micro LED TV.

 
Wearables can benefit from advanced features thanks to printed electronics (photo: @StockSnap – pixabay.com)


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SmartEEs2 is an original European acceleration programme dedicated to helping innovative companies digitise their businesses thanks to flexible and wearable electronics (FWE) testing, experimentation and manufacturing support. The programme opened a call for application experiments on 6 March 2020 and set five cut – off dates between June 2020 and August 2021 for the evaluation and selection of submitted proposals. All interested companies, satisfying the criteria, are invited to submit their application experiment proposals.