DuraTech Industries licenses TaktoTek technology
TactoTek (Oulu, Finland), the developer of injection moulded structural electronics (IMSE), and DuraTech Industries (Lacrosse, Wisconsin), have announced a licensing agreement. DuraTech is a TactoTek Design and Innovate licensee with rights to sell, design, and produce parts that use TactoTek’s intellectual property which includes 44 patent families with over 130 granted patents, as well as extensive trade secrets and know-how for designing and producing IMSE parts. DuraTech will create and deliver IMSE solutions for its customers in North America and around the world from production facilities in the USA.
DuraTech has a long history as a high-quality manufacturer of in-mould printed electronics (IME). Their IME solutions have resonated with a range of markets including home appliances, medical, industrial, automotive and consumer electronics. TactoTek IMSE technology is an advanced form of IME that incorporates electronic components such as LEDs for illumination, and system-in-package (SiP) electronics for intelligence, within 3D injection moulded structures, expanding the capabilities and use cases for smart surfaces.
According to Peter Johnson, president of DuraTech, “Our customers have been asking for more electronic functionality in IME parts and for that we need to work with TactoTek. TactoTek is the clear leader in advancing the technology domain by integrating electronic components within smart surfaces. For DuraTech, becoming a TactoTek licensee expands our offerings for existing customers and opens new opportunities to do what we do best: reliably mass produce high quality parts.”
TactoTek’s Design and Innovate licensing includes rights to commercially use its intellectual property, training materials for designing and manufacturing IMSE parts, detailed design and production information for its reference designs, information on materials, components, and material stacks verified to automotive and aviation industry standards for producing IMSE parts, and engineering support services.
“DuraTech is a great match for TactoTek licensing—we focus on advancing and industrialising IMSE technology, and they focus on producing parts for their customers,” stated Jussi Harvela, TactoTek CEO. “By making IMSE solutions more accessible in markets beyond automotive, and with production in North America, our relationship opens new business opportunities for DuraTech and further confirms TactoTek’s go-to-market licensing model for IMSE technology.”
Caption: TactoTek’s CEO Jussi Harvela (photo: TactoTek)