Kodak and Kingsbury Announce Agreement on Touch Screen Sensors
To be manufactured in Kingsbury facility at Eastman Business Park
Agreement aligns with new strategic focus to meet accelerating demand in
dynamic global touch sensor market, leveraging Kodak’s materials science
technology and silver halide expertise
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- June 27, 2013
Eastman Kodak Company and Kingsbury Corporation have entered into an agreement
to produce next-generation touch screen sensors to support the touch sensor
module market that is predicted to grow to $32 billion by 2018.
Under the agreement, Kingsbury will open a new manufacturing facility in Bldg.
318 at Eastman Business Park in Rochester later this year to produce touch
screen sensors utilizing Kodak’s silver halide technologies. Kingsbury will
also work with customers who wish to integrate this technology into their own
manufacturing facilities to produce sensors.
Kodak will supply chemicals, substrates and technical support, and assist
Kingsbury with the marketing and selling of the sensors.
“In Kingsbury, we have aligned ourselves with a new manufacturing partner who
will utilize our silver deposition technologies to pattern and produce touch
sensor grid films with a high degree of precision and productivity,” said
Terry Taber, Kodak Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President. “Kodak
has a range of technologies and experience that allow us to partner with
companies such as Kingsbury and broaden Kodak’s participation with multiple
solutions for the touch sensor market. This agreement is aligned with previous
announcements, and is another major step forward for Kodak’s functional
printing initiative, which represents a key growth area for Kodak.”
“The new manufacturing and marketing partnership between Kingsbury and Kodak
represents a major milestone in the scale-up, commercialization and roll-out
of touch sensor films to meet the growing global demand for these products,”
said Bill Pollock, Kingsbury President and Chief Executive Officer.
Kingsbury, a century-old builder of high speed assembly machines, will work in
conjunction with Optimation Technology, Inc., a world class designer of
roll-to-roll web based manufacturing systems for the design and implementation
of the touch sensor manufacturing plant.
Touch sensors manufactured by Kingsbury will be based on a roll-to-roll
manufacturing process. Compared to the traditional film-based Indium Tin Oxide
(ITO) touch sensor solutions, the advantages of this new process include lower
production costs due to fewer manufacturing steps and lower resistance for
improved touch response. The attributes of these sensors address the
requirements for multiple form factors and compatibility with flexible
“Leveraging Kodak’s silver halide technology for new applications will play a
vital role in the rapid scale-up of touch sensor production,” Pollock said.
“Kodak’s unparalleled materials science expertise, coupled with its thin film
deposition technology, allows us to leverage the materials, facilities and
technical support needed to hit the ground running for the production of
alternative touch sensor solutions for the printed electronics industry.”
Kodak is transforming into a B2B company focused on its Commercial Imaging
business. Kodak will be centered on commercial, packaging and functional
printing solutions and enterprise services, markets in which it offers
customers advanced technologies that give them a competitive edge. The company
also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and
Commercial Films. Its Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses are
being spun off to KPP. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com.
About Kingsbury Corporation
Kingsbury Corporation, with 180,000 square-foot manufacturing center on
Lexington Ave. adjacent to Eastman Business Park, is a century-old
manufacturer of high machining centers and high speed assembly machines.
Kingsbury maintains an engineering center in Keene, N.H., where the company
was established in 1890. The manufacturing center was relocated to Rochester,
N.Y., in 2012. Kingsbury continues to manufacture and support its legacy line
of products. With the support of Optimation, Kingsbury is now able to provide
extrusion, conveyance and coating solutions for web-based products such as
paper, plastic, foils and glass. www.kingsburycorp.com
About Optimation Technology, Inc.
Optimation Technology, Inc. is based in Rochester, N.Y., with an 180,000
square-foot facility adjacent to Eastman Business Park. Optimation provides a
full range of project services to deliver industrial solutions for industrial
clients. The company specializes in providing complete engineering,
automation, construction and maintenance services, from concept through
prototyping to full production-scale operations. www.optimation.us
Christopher Veronda, +1 585-724-2622,
Bill Pollock, firstname.lastname@example.org
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