11Magazine for Organic & Printed Electronics
innovative shapes, all while eliminating
considerable assembly time and the tooling
required for the traditional solution.
The collaboration with
Suunto marks another milestone in
your company’s history. What were the
crucial factors that convinced Suunto
to trust in TactoTek’s technology in
your opinion? How will this partner-
ship continue in the near future?
Yes, our collaboration with
Suunto, including mass producing the part
in our Oulu factory, is a major milestone
for TactoTek in specific, and more broadly
the IMSE market. With Suunto, as with
our other customers, we build trust in our
business relationship and confidence in
our command of IMSE technology by first
helping adapt customer ideas into an IMSE
design, and then developing prototypes
that deliver the benefits that they are see-
king. Key performance requirements of the
Suunto IMSE part include being quite thin,
maintaining electrical integrity through
flexing and twisting, being waterproof,
and surviving many washing cycles, all
of which align with IMSE technology.
Suunto’s Movesense platform is a
very innovative idea. It will be used by
Suunto and Suunto’s sister companies
in the Amer Group, and also made
available to outside developers who
can create their own wearable activity
monitoring solution without having to
invest in the research and development
of the hardware elements and software
platform. We expect this approach to
attract a broad following and drive more
innovation that TactoTek can support.
Finland seems to have
become a major hub in the field of printed
electronics and related technologies.
What are the factors in the country that
enable this positive development?
Finland has a deep eco-
system of electronics expertise, some of
which is a legacy of Nokia. Moreover,
VTT has been incubator of some aspects
of printed electronics technology.
What are your plans
and aims for TactoTek moving forward?
TactoTek is transforming the
way electronics are designed and produ-
ced across many markets and around the
world. Our team is working to make IMSE
solutions accessible to our customers, and
that requires scaling our operations in Fin-
land, as well as expanding our capabilities
in continental Europe and North America.
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