Technology & Markets

The European commission has identified six Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) which provide the basis for innovation in a range of products across all industrial sectors. They underpin the shift to a greener economy, are instrumental in modernising Europe’s industrial base, and drive the development of entirely new industries. Their importance makes them a key element of European industrial policy and particularly relevant to the transformational Internet of Things (IoT) now the focus of many global companies.

The group of six technologies are: micro and nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, photonics, and advanced manufacturing technologies.

Sistem Technology has recognised the strategic importance and growth potential of each of these KETs and is ideally positioned to exploit the opportunities which are emerging in many areas with an impressive range of development and production solutions provided by our Principals.

The process solutions that we offer can contribute greatly to the realisation of a wide variety of technical challenges – some of our most notable applications being; MEMs (MicroElectroMechanical Systems) micrometer-scale, semiconductor-based components that may combine electrical, mechanical, or optical functions. They are present in our everyday electronics in products such as hard disk read heads, inkjet printer nozzles, microphone and video projector chips, airbag controls, tyre pressure monitoring, and driving stability systems in cars. Predicted to become a $20 billion market by 2021.

LAE (Large Area Electronics, including printable, flexible or organic electronics) is a new way of making electronics using novel electronic materials, often formulated as inks, and low temperature processes such as printing and coating with very thin functional or barrier layers. Examples include photovoltaics, lighting, displays, sensing systems and intelligent objects. Devices can be produced in high-volume over large areas on flexible substrates thereby enabling electronic systems to be deployed in a wide variety of non-traditional situations: on paper and plastic, on clothes, in furniture, cars and buildings, as well as on packaging and even in and on the human body. Potential market size $45 billion by 2019.

NANOTECHNOLOGY (Science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, about 1 to 100 nanometers) has the broadest range of applications (using nanolayers, nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, nanowires, graphene, nanophotonics and quantum dots). Markets include; Medicine, Electronics, Batteries, Photovoltaics, Fuels cells, Chemical and Biological sensors, Fuels and Catalysts, Food and packaging, Space technology, Clothing and Sporting goods and water/air purification. Potential Market size $64 billion by 2019.

OPTICS Nanometer-scale, tailored thin films have numerous applications in optics. Protective films for lenses and other optical components, antireflection layers, functional nanolaminates and graded layer structures with exact refractive index control, optical filters, polarizing coatings, hot/cold mirrors and UV blocking layers are just a few examples. Potential market size $14 million by 2021.

FUNCTIONAL FILMS for corrosion and anti-tarnishing protection, decoration, biocompatibility (medical devices and implants) and antibacterial.