MacDermid Enthone's Neil Bolding and Flex's Weifeng Liu Receive IPC Award for New Flexible Circuitry Testing Standards


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MacDermid Enthone Electronics Solutions, a business of Platform Specialty Products Corporation, congratulates Neil Bolding, a senior technologist at MacDermid Enthone, for his contribution to the reliability of printed electronics devices. In collaboration with the IPC technical committee D-65, co-chaired with Dr. Weifeng Liu of Flex (formerly Flextronics), Bolding and the team recently published IPC-9204, "Guideline on Flexibility and Stretchability Testing for Printed Electronics". For their efforts, Bolding and Dr. Liu received IPC's Distinguished Committee Service award during this year's IPC APEX EXPO event.

The new specification is essential for the more widespread adoption of cost-effective printed electronics that require durability to flexing and stretching. Bolding describes the new specification, "Standardizing the flexibility and stretching requirements, and the test methods used to quantify those, is extra challenging due to the wide variety of materials and applications in this space.  Working with such a talented group of technologists made our work more productive and enjoyable. The industry will benefit immediately from this enabling document."

As part of MacDermid Autotype for many years, Bolding possesses a unique perspective on printed electronics. He intersects with the three groups involved with materials supplied to this emerging interconnect segment, MacDermid Enthone, MacDermid Graphics Solutions, and MacDermid Autotype. Each of these businesses is part of MacDermid Performance Solutions, a Platform Specialty Products company. The collaboration is an excellent example of the supply chain support MPS can bring to its customers; in this case, Bolding contributes expertise on films, printing technologies, electronics manufacturing, and specialty chemical processing.

MacDermid Performance Solutions is a subsidiary of Platform Specialty Products Corporation. Our businesses manufacture a broad range of specialty chemicals and materials which are used in multi-step technological processes that enhance the products people use every day. Our innovative materials and processes are creating more opportunities and efficiencies for companies across key industries – including electronics, graphic arts, metal & plastic plating, and offshore oil production.

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