Flexible Touch Interlayers for Automotive Display

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Toppan Deep Dive

An extensive search of the Toppan USA website revealed no flexible touch interlayers or any involvement in the automotive sector. However, Toppan Japan developed a 3D copper touch panel module in 2015 that was intended for use in automotive displays. Since that time, there has been very little information about the evolution of this product, either from the company or industry experts.

Details regarding Toppan's 3D copper touch panel module can be found in the attached spreadsheet.
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TDK Deep Dive

The technology that TDK provides is in the process of becoming more sustainable and favorable to the environment. Technologies offered range significantly from sensors to ceramic capacitors to film application products. TDK recently produced a new, transparent conductive film with a silver alloy layer that maintains greater light transmittance, surface resistance, and flexibility than traditional ITO films. Additionally, TDK acquired InvenSense in May 2017, and in January 2018, released the industry's lowest pressure noise sensor with multipurpose functionality.

TDK is not currently in the process of trying to get funding for any projects or technology. However, the business is constantly striving to improve upon their current technologies to make them more sustainable and efficient. Sensors and technology for the automotive industry are high priorities for the business in coming years, as they work to increase automotive sales to 30% of their total sales by the end of 2018.

In terms of the automotive technology that TDK is producing, they have acquired EPCOS as their personal manufacturer for all of their electrical components, in addition to Neodymium magnets. The magnets are used for reducing energy requirements and consumption in the xEV motors that they produce for driverless cars. In future years, TDK plans to eliminate constraints with environmentally-friendly cars, such as not being able to charge a moving car, and the short running distances. Further details pertaining to the technical differences, product development, and automotive relationships of TDK can be found on the attached spreadsheet.
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Canatu Deep Dive

Our research indicated that Canatu is a well-resourced, strongly supported technology company that is on the leading edge of touch sensor and curve film technology. The company makes unmatched claims in terms of low haze, high transmittance, low resistivity, and flexibility. Due to the lack of public announcements and production data we are assuming that Canatu is not ready to commercialize now or in the near future.

This spreadsheet is an in-depth analysis of Canatu, along with competitors, in terms of its tech specs, product development phase, and automotive relationships.
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Royole Deep Dive

Royole was founded in 2012 and is the leader in flexible displays. The company completed their pre-D funding with a valuation of 3 billion USD "making it one of the world's fastest-growing technology start-ups". The company has received significant backing from global venture capitalists and private equity firms. Royole does not have any direct, publicized relationships with the automotive industry. Their first venture into automotive technology was in 2016 when they presented their dashboard at the Consumer Electronics Show and again in 2017 at the same show. Their dashboard is still in production and has not been commercialized yet. The CEO and co-founder of the company says that their mission is to "create novel technologies and products to improve the way people interact with the world".

Full details about Royole has been presented in the attached spreadsheet, row 6.
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C3 Nano Deep Dive

SUMMARY

We have completed row 7 (C3 Nano) of the attached spreadsheet with a deep dive of C3 Nano. We focused mainly on their flexible touch interlayers, however, we were unable to find any evidence that they are actively involved in the automotive industry after an extensive search. The little relationship between the company and the automotive industry we were able to find have all been entered into the spreadsheet. Where we were able to find quotes from industry experts or a company spokesperson, we have included the quotes in the spreadsheet as requested.
The company's key offerings are its Nanoglue technology, ActiveGrid Ink, and ActiveGuardHC Film. The company obtained patents for its proprietary NanoGlue™ technology and its transparent conductive ActiveGrid™ ink and films in 2015 - a testament to C3 Nano's unique technological offerings. We have provided features and technical details that differentiate C3 Nano's products and solutions in the attached spreadsheet.
You can access the completed spreadsheet here.
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