Finnish specialist in injection moulded structural electronics (IMSE) TactoTeck will be licencing its technology to Chinese automotive giant Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, the company announced 20 Feb.
TactoTeck will be working with two Geely European affiliates, Geely Design and CEVT during the project, to develop new products for Geely vehicles.
With a combined volume of 2.15 million units in 2018, the Geely Group sells passenger cars under the Lotus, Lynk & Co, Proton and Volvo names, which it acquired from Ford in 2010.
As part of the partnership, Geely's development centre CEVT will use TactoTek's IMSE technology to complement its products with “light, thin and conformal electronics”.
With offices in Gothenburg and Trollhättan, Sweden, CEVT develops technology for several brands within the Geely Group family. The company has developed the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, which is currently shared by Lynk & Co vehicles and the Volvo XC 40, and will be used by future Geely models.
“[TactoTek's products] are both beautiful and durable, and use up to 75% less plastic than traditional electronics assemblies,” explained Didier Schreiber, SVP of innovation at CEVT.
The Finnish plastronics company will also work with the Gothenburg-based interior design unit of Geely – Geely Design – to ‘realise its design vision' with innovative product design and intuitive functions.
Oulu-based TactoTek develops and commercialises IMSE technology, which involves manufacturing 3D structural electronics by integrating printed circuitry and discrete electronic components into injection-moulded plastics.
IMSE designs often include touch controls, lighting and antennas moulded within a 2mm-3mm thin surface, providing aesthetics, structure and electronic functions in a single part.
Much of TactoTek's work in developing design rules and proving the IMSE technology platform has been in partnership with automotive OEMs and their suppliers.
For the automotive market, TactoTek licenses its technology and know-how so OEMs and brands can purchase IMSE parts manufactured by their established suppliers. The company signed its first licencing agreement with one of the world's leading automotive technology companies Faurecia in December last year.
“The cost-efficient and scalable approach of CEVT's and Geely's platform-based strategy matches well with IMSE technology,” said Jussi Harvela, TactoTek CEO.
The approach allows Geely to use the same tooling for an IMSE part across multiple vehicles within a specific brand, Harvela added.