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Kodak and UniPixel in new manufacturing agreement

Eastman Kodak Company and UniPixel have entered into a manufacturing and supply agreement to produce next-generation touch sensors based on UniPixel’s UniBoss multi-touch sensor film.
Under the agreement, Kodak and UniPixel will open a new manufacturing facility within Eastman Business Park in Rochester later this year to produce touch screen sensors for the growing touch module market – which is predicted to more than double to USD 32 billion by 2018.

“Our agreement to this manufacturing and supply chain partnership with Kodak represents another major milestone in the commercial roll-out of UniBoss and in scaling up UniPixel’s supply chain for touch module customers,” said Reed Killion, UniPixel’s president and chief executive officer. “Kodak will play a pivotal role in the immediate, high-capacity scale-up of UniBoss touch sensor production. Kodak’s unparalleled expertise and core competencies in materials science, deposition technologies and large-scale commercialization and manufacturing allow us to vertically integrate the use of base materials that are utilized in the manufacturing process, thus offering the most synergistic and aligned infrastructure in the world as it relates to our flexible printed electronics.”

Antonio M. Perez, Kodak’s chairman and chief executive officer, said: “This agreement with UniPixel is a major advance for Kodak’s functional printing initiative…Functional printing is a key growth area for Commercial Imaging…and Commercial Imaging is Kodak’s future. In UniPixel, we have linked-up with an innovative and effective partner, and Kodak brings to the relationship proprietary technologies that enable printing systems to deposit materials on a wide variety of substrates with a high degree of accuracy, precision, repeatability and speed. With this agreement, we continue to execute on our strategy to develop a roadmap of offerings that answers the growing market need for alternative touch sensor solutions.”

UniPixel and Kodak have already begun to construct a manufacturing and testing facility with nearly 100'000 square feet of manufacturing space for the UniBoss roll-to-roll printing and plating lines. In 2013, USD 24 million will be allocated to improve and equip the facility, which includes the installation of two printing lines and 15 plating lines.
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