Eastman Kodak Co. and Texas-based UniPixel Inc. have entered into a manufacturing and supply agreement to produce next-generation touch sensors.
Under the agreement, Kodak and UniPixel (Nasdaq: UNXL) will open a new manufacturing facility within Eastman Business Park this year, the companies said Tuesday. The plant is to produce touch screen sensors for the growing touch module market that is predicted to more than double to $32 billion by 2018.
UniPixel and Kodak have begun to construct a manufacturing and testing facility with nearly 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space. In 2013, $24 million will be allocated to improve and equip the facility, which includes the installation of two printing lines and 15 plating lines.
The facility is expected to employ 65 to 75 people and begin production in the fall, a Kodak spokesman said Tuesday.
The site is located in Building 326 of Eastman Business Park. It provides an established infrastructure for roll-to-roll manufacturing and offers significant space for capacity expansion to meet the anticipated growth and demand for UniBoss touch sensors, officials said.
The new sensors are based on UniPixel’s UniBoss multitouch sensor film.
“Our agreement … with Kodak represents another major milestone in the commercial roll-out of UniBoss and in scaling up UniPixel’s supply chain for touch module customers,” said Reed Killion, UniPixel president and CEO, in a statement. “Kodak will play a pivotal role in the immediate, high-capacity scale-up of UniBoss touch sensor production.”
Kodak chairman and CEO Antonio Perez said the agreement is a major advance for Kodak’s functional printing initiative, a key piece of Kodak’s future as a Commercial Imaging firm.
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