For us, this is not just an empty phrase. XTPL has been designed to revolutionize many sectors of global industry. We have created an organization focused on innovation and continuous development, and our ground-breaking technology is the result of years of research and testing. As a leader in advanced nanoprinting solutions, we are laying foundations for the redefinition of many branches of business. We are already shaping the global nanofuture.
Silicon Valley, Berlin, Shenzen – wherever the heart of modern industry beats, XTPL has a key role to play. We are breaking further technological barriers. The main competitive advantage of XTPL additive technology is unprecedented precision that cannot be replicated by any other printing method in the world. For example, the current microdots achieved in the market are usually around 50 um in size, the minimum being 20 um, while XTPL already now reaches dots of 1 um in diameter and plans to go even below this limit. We plan to cooperate with global manufacturers of electronics, displays and semiconductors. We will support them in achieving market advantage and producing advanced, new generation devices with cheap and scalable methods – with the main component being the unique XTPL printing technology.
The application area of our technology is expanding rapidly. In 2017, the value of the entire printed electronics market was estimated at more than USD 29 billion; in 2027, it is expected to exceed USD 73 billion.
We are at the beginning of a boom associated with a technological breakthrough. XTPL’s strategic goal is clear: wide commercialization of its platform technology enabling ultra-precise printing of nanomaterials. The company intends to provide unique printing heads – each designed and dedicated for specific application field – as well as compatible, precisely adjusted nanoinks. XTPL’s key objective is to implement nanoprinting and ultra-precise deposition solutions, adapted to market needs and addressed to selected sectors, mainly for the sector of printed electronics.
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTIONS AND FOCUS AREAS
What is unique about XTPL technology is that it can be applied in many industry branches. Our goal is to revolutionise selected areas of the broad sector of printed electronics. Below you can see examples of such areas, worth billions of dollars each:
- Open defects repair: micro- and nano-conductive structures are indispensable in the broadly understood electronics (i.e. integrated circuits, LCD/ OLED displays, PCBs, solar cells and many others). This sector faces a major problem as these conductive structures are very often damaged at the production stage. Electronic components made on the basis of such structures are extremely expensive, which is why repair of those defects is of key importance. The repair methods currently available in the market are very limited, complicated and costly. XTPL offers a new breakthrough solution that allows defects in conductive paths to be repaired at low cost, with unparalleled precision and speed.
- Transparent conductive films (TCF): indispensable in the production of displays, monitors, touch screens and photovoltaic cells. Currently, the most commonly used TCFs are based on indium–tin oxide (ITO). Indium is a rare element whose supply on a global scale is mostly controlled by China (about 50%–60% of global production) and Korea (15% market share). ITO-based films are not flexible (which is a serious limitation for electronics manufacturers), they conduct electricity insufficiently and have a limited optical transparency. Due to limitations of ITO, technology companies around the world are looking for new generation TCF technology as an alternative to ITO. XTPL solution presents such an alternative. It ensures high transparency, excellent conductance parameters, low production costs due to the use of commonly available materials (i.e. silver) that can provide the sought-after technological independence from indium as well as flexibility of the conductive films, which will enable electronics manufacturers to develop and provide new generation of revolutionary solutions to customers.
- Semiconductors: XTPL solution responds to the needs of equipment manufactures in the semiconductor sector who seek to replace photolithography with a simpler and cheaper method, yet one that ensures the highest precision. Photolithography is highly complex, very expensive and hardly versatile. It requires an extremely clean substrate and ideal temperature conditions void of all contaminants, liquids and environmental hazards. Furthermore, it is used only for flat surfaces in order to produce effective patterns. Additive, ultra-precise technology for deposition of submicron structures offered by XTPL will eliminate all these disadvantages and serve as a sought-after alternative in this sector.
At the current stage of development, the Company is focusing its activities on the commercialization of its technology, which has been developed by XTPL from the beginning. This means focusing on three main tasks:
- searching for potential customers and partners for joint technology development in verified application fields, which should result in industrial implementation;
- conducting R&D works in the area of identified applications in order to prepare technology for industrial implementation (works on the printing head and nanoinks dedicated for a given application field);
- identification of subsequent application areas within printed electronics (except those already verified).
Along with the commercialization of the Company’s technology, it is being evaluated in subsequent areas of applications within printed electronics. The end result of this work is to start negotiations with potential clients. The first phase of trade talks aimed at commercialization of XTPL technology concerns standardly the potential of applying technology as a part of the client’s solution (a specific problem that the Company may solve for the client with its breakthrough technology). In order to validate XTPL technology, the customer provides the Company with a technological specification containing detailed requirements for the solution sought. The Company in turn performs trials and technological modifications (at its own expense, which is part of sales activities, business development) and sends their effect to the client, who assesses them in terms of meeting the specifications. Meeting the specification may (but does not have to) translate to an invitation to start negotiations or submit an offer.
As part of the commercialization of its solutions, the Company intends to provide a comprehensive technological solution for its clients in the form of:
- printing head – dedicated for a specific application field;
- consultancy services within the implemented XTPL technology.