Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Flexible Approach Shown by DuPont

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Flexible Approach Shown by DuPont

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The first tenant has been secured for a multi-million pound hi-tech facility on Teesside.

DuPont Teijin Films (DTF) has signed up to take space at the Flexible Electronics Facility in Wilton.

The plant, being built under the auspices of the One NorthEast-backed Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), will act as a research and development facility for the $20bn flexible electronics industry.

Flexible electronics is seen as a major new technology and covers everything from plastic display units which can be rolled up like a newspaper ( as seen in the Tom Cruise film Minority Report ( to `smart' tags which can track consumer goods.

DTF's agreement will enable the company to use the research and development facilities available at CPI. As part of the agreement, DTF is installing a purpose-designed sputter coater to produce samples of flexible plastic film that are defect-free and coated for the flexible electronics industry.

It is a further boost to the plant following ONE's announcement in February of a pounds 2m grant for the facility. …

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