Carestream Advanced Materials Forges R&D Partnership with CNTouch to Further Innovate Transparent Conductive Films

Carestream Advanced Materials today announced that it has signed a research and development agreement with Taiwan-based touch-screen manufacturer CNTouch, a subsidiary of Foxconn. CNTouch will develop touch-screen application targets
containing film sensors and modules with both single and multi-layers of transparent conductive film. The R&D program will occur in sequence with Carestream’s roadmap to advance its innovative silver nanowire (AgNW)-based FLEXX Film product line.

“As the touch-screen industry moves toward thinner, lightweight and flexible devices, developers are already seeing the advantages of transparent conductive films that offer low sheet resistance, high transmission, extreme flexibility and lower costs compared to other technologies such as ITO,” said Paul Herro, General Manager for Carestream Advanced Materials. “This partnership with CNTouch aligns perfectly with our efforts to further innovate with silver nanowires and introduce next-generation FLEXX Films with even lower sheet resistance and haze to enable the touch screens of the future.”

CNTouch, a manufacturer of carbon nanotube (CNT) products for touch applications, sensors, cables and LED lighting, has production lines in both Tainjin and Guiyang, China. Under the agreement, CNTouch will design, develop, fabricate and test the application targets at its facilities. The agreement stipulates that Carestream will have the rights to market any or all of the application targets developed through the program. The program rights for single layer multi-touch (SLMT) designs will be jointly owned by Carestream Advanced Materials and CNTouch.

The significance of this partnership between Carestream Advanced Materials and CNTouch extends beyond research and development. Working together, Carestream will be able to open doors for CNTouch to reach its customers creating the next generation of touch-panels with FLEXX Films.

“We are constantly pursuing innovative touch-panel technology and we anticipate that this agreement will allow us to innovate even more with SLMT designs that can enable the thinner, lighter weight devices that consumers want,” said Wimbly.Chang, Marketing & Sales Vice President for CNTouch. “We are also looking forward to opportunities to provide our sensors and modules to developers who use Carestream’s FLEXX transparent conductive films to advance their products.” 

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