Kodak (EKDKQ) Enters Touch Sensor Manufacturing Agreement w/ UniPixel (UNXL)

April 16, 2013 9:27 AM EDT
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Eastman Kodak Company (OTCBB: EKDKQ) and UniPixel, Inc. (Nasdaq: UNXL), 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 dynamic and growing touch module market that is predicted to more than double to $32 billion by 2018.

UniPixel and Kodak have already begun to construct a state-of-the-art 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, $24 million will be allocated to improve and equip the facility, which includes the installation of two printing lines and 15 plating lines. Located in Bldg. 326 of Kodak’s Eastman Business Park, a more than 1,000 acre technology center and industrial complex, the site provides an established infrastructure for roll-to-roll manufacturing and offers significant space for capacity expansion to meet the anticipated growth and demand for UniBoss touch sensors.

UniBoss offers the unique advantages of metal mesh touch sensors based on an additive, roll-to-roll, flexible electronics process, as compared to the traditional subtractive ITO-based and subtractive ITO replacement-based touch sensor solutions. These advantages include higher touch response and sensitivity, superior touch distinction, better durability, lower power requirements and extensibility to many sizes and form factors.

As an additive manufacturing process, UniBoss is more efficient and sustainable, promising lower production costs versus standard ITO-based touch technology, by way of lower material costs, fewer steps in the manufacturing process and a more simplified supply chain.

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