PragmatIC partners with Holst Centre on printed logic technology and applications


PragmatIC Printing Ltd, the pioneer in imprinted logic circuits, and Holst Centre, an open-innovation initiative by imec (Belgium) and TNO (Netherlands), today announced their collaboration in the research, development and exploitation of flexible electronics.


Focus on amorphous oxide materials, devices and circuits

PragmatIC Printing Ltd, the pioneer in imprinted logic circuits, and Holst Centre, an open-innovation initiative by imec (Belgium) and TNO (Netherlands), today announced their collaboration in the research, development and exploitation of flexible electronics.

PragmatIC’s novel intellectual property in semiconductor device architectures and processes opens up a range of new possibilities for Holst Centre’s research programme relating to oxide semiconductors, transistors and circuits. This formal partnership follows an extensive evaluation of Holst Centre’s amorphous oxide semiconductor and related material stack, confirming its suitability for printed logic based on PragmatIC’s unique approach.

In addition to fundamental R&D, the collaboration has also already contributed towards the practical application of flexible electronics. PragmatIC’s customer-led prototyping of integrated product concepts has been accelerated by Holst Centre’s expertise in related fields, such as OLEDs-on-flex.

Gerwin Gelinck, Program Manager at Holst Centre stated: “PragmatIC’s unique device structures and high resolution imprint process naturally complement Holst Centre’s existing expertise in materials and printed logic circuits. We believe this compelling combination will significantly advance the practical commercialisation of printed electronics technology.”

“This partnership gives PragmatIC access to Holst Centre’s wealth of expertise and extensive R&D resources under an open innovation model,” said Scott White, Chief Executive Officer of PragmatIC Printing Ltd. “We are also excited about leveraging Holst Centre’s network of partners in order to provide an even broader range of integrated printed electronics concepts for our customers.”

About PragmatIC Printing Ltd:

PragmatIC Printing enables printed logic circuits that introduce intelligence and interactivity into a wide range of products and applications, in form factors that are not possible using silicon chips. In 2010, PragmatIC acquired the printed electronics business of Nano ePrint Ltd, including its patented technology for planar nano-electronic devices that can uniquely be fabricated in a single layer of semiconductor via single-step imprint patterning. PragmatIC has extended this
proven imprinting process to allow a full range of device and circuit architectures to be printed in transparent, flexible semiconductors at micron and sub-micron scale. For further information please contact

About Holst Centre:

Holst Centre is an independent open-innovation R&D centre that develops generic technologies for Wireless Autonomous Sensor Technologies and for Flexible Electronics. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia around shared roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of crossfertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs. Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by imec (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) with support from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Government of Flanders. It is named after Gilles Holst, a Dutch pioneer in Research and Development and first director of Philips Research. Located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 170 employees from around 25 nationalities and a commitment from over 30 industrial partners.  Contact: Koen Snoeckx.  Phone: +31 (0)40 40 20 561  Mobile: +31 (0)612 71 98 43  Email:



PragmatIC is a world leader in ultra-low-cost flexible electronics. Our unique technology platform enables innovators to create novel solutions to everyday problems that are beyond the scope of conventional electronics. Our ConnectIC® family of flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs) are thinner than a human hair and extend proven applications such as RFID and NFC into mass market use cases, enabling the potential for trillions of smart objects that can engage with consumers and their environments. Our novel, differentiated products are being adopted by a growing base of global companies across diverse markets, including consumer goods, games, retail, pharmaceutical and security. Alternatively, designers can create their own application-specific flexible devices using our FlexIC Foundry™ offering at a fraction of the cost and time required for traditional silicon circuits, opening up multiple new markets beyond RFID. These FlexICs are manufactured on our revolutionary FlexLogIC® production system, a highly scalable manufacturing model for cost-effective high-volume production, achieved with orders of magnitude less capital investment and operating cost compared to a traditional silicon IC fab. PragmatIC is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with our first billion-unit production facility in Sedgefield. Shareholders include Cambridge Innovation Capital, Arm and Avery Dennison.