New offices: Movacolor to set up new energy-efficient facility; TactoTek eases into new facility for IMSE


Dutch auxiliary equipment maker Movacolor is constructing a new building in its current location Sneek, the Netherlands, for a new office. It is expected that the company will move to the energy-neutral building in the third quarter of 2018. The 100% sustainable building will include solar panels, top cooling in the entire building, underfloor heating and heat pumps as well as charging stations for electric cars. With a workforce of over 30 people, the company has outgrown its current location. The new location is therefore three times bigger, and is said by the company to be "sufficient for the healthy growth and development” that the company is experiencing. CEO Gerhard Dersjant said, “Besides the fact that I am very happy and proud of our new building, I am convinced that this will further help us in promoting this beautiful and innovative company. In the Netherlands and beyond, because sales of Movacolor products mostly takes place outside our borders.”

Meanwhile, elsewhere, in Finland, TactoTek, a provider of solutions for injection moulded structural electronics (IMSE), has opened a new manufacturing and corporate headquarters facilities in Oulu initiating a new phase of company growth.

“In early 2016, TactoTek’s project pipeline began growing dramatically and foreshadowed additional production capacity requirements and staffing needs, so we started evaluating alternatives for larger facilities,” noted Jussi Harvela, CEO.

“The new location is purpose-built for manufacturing injection moulded structural electronics (IMSE),” emphasised Marko Suo-Anttila, SVP Engineering. “It uniquely contains all production steps of the IMSE manufacturing process, including printing decoration and electronics, surface mounting electronic components, high pressure thermoforming, and injection moulding. And, our ISO 7 classification clean room facilities support demanding quality and consistency requirements.”

With its multi-disciplinary engineering teams, TactoTek collaborates with customers to adapt their traditional electronics designs into IMSE solutions. The company produces proofs-of-concepts and prototypes to refine product design and electronic functionality, and define the materials stack and processing parameters. TactoTek’s vertical integration enables rapid iterations to quickly optimise customer designs for mass production.

Mass production is performed by TactoTek or a licensed manufacturer.

The European Regional Development Fund and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme have subsidised TactoTek production equipment and infrastructure.

TactoTek is funded by Conor Venture Partners, Faurecia Ventures, VTT Ventures, Leaguer VC, private angels, TEKES, and European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.


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