Press release: FlexEnable triumphs at the IET Innovation Awards
17 November 2016
Cambridge (UK), 17 November 2016 – FlexEnable has scooped the Emerging Technology Design Award and the Start-up Award at the prestigious annual IET Innovation Awards ceremony in London. Organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Innovation Awards celebrate the very best innovations from both industry and academia.
With over 300 entries to the awards from 25 countries, FlexEnable has been recognised for its groundbreaking flexible electronics technology that allows electronics to be manufactured on flexible plastic film, the thickness of a sheet of paper. It can be used for the manufacture of glass-free, flexible displays and sensors with versatile applications in sectors including consumer electronics, automotive, digital signage, medical and security. The company has achieved several breakthroughs with flexible colour and video-rate plastic displays (LCD and OLED) and flexible X-ray image and fingerprint sensors.
Chuck Milligan, CEO of FlexEnable, said: “We are delighted to be named a double-winner at the prestigious IET Innovation Awards. This is a great recognition of FlexEnable’s disruptive technology platform and its potential to revolutionise electronics. It underlines the real impact flexible electronics can have both in bringing the surfaces we touch every day to life in a completely new way, and in enabling exciting new capabilities across automotive, medical technology, security, IoT and other applications.”
IET President Jeremy Watson CBE, said: “Our Innovation Awards put the achievements of the incredible inventors who work in engineering and technology around the world into the spotlight and play a critical role in helping them further their endeavors.
“Innovation is an essential cornerstone for the growth of the global economy and raising the standard of living in all communities. It is a key differentiator that makes companies and projects successful and, in keeping with the IET’s mission to inspire excellence in engineering and technology, we are immensely proud to recognise, celebrate and show our support for these exceptional achievements.”
The 15 categories that make up the IET Innovation Awards are each independently judged by a panel of leading engineering experts in that field. The winners were announced on 16 November, at a prestigious ceremony hosted by TV presenter and adventurer Rob Bell.
Details of all 15 winning entries can be found at www.theiet.org/innovation.
FlexEnable has pioneered the world’s first flexible electronics technology platform that allows electronics made of organic materials to be manufactured on flexible plastic film, the thickness of a sheet of paper. Compatible with existing manufacturing lines, it’s the key to truly flexible and cost effective electronics over large and small surfaces. The core applications of this technology are glass-free, flexible displays and sensors that enable game-changing products across a variety of industries including consumer electronics, mobile, wearables, automotive, medical and security. FlexEnable’s customers include OEMs, component manufacturers and materials suppliers. The company offers a comprehensive range of services-based packages for its technology platform including: ProductEnable™, MaterialsEnable™ and FabEnable™. www.flexenable.com
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About the IET
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We want to build the profile of engineering and change outdated perceptions about engineering in order to tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices.
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