July 25, 2012 – Marketwire — UniPixel, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNXL), engineered films provider for touch screen, flexible printed electronics, lighting and display applications, completed the production-level qualification of its Diamond Guard Hard Coat film with its manufacturing and distribution partner, Carestream Tollcoating.
With Carestream, UniPixel established the capacity to support 100 million+ square feet/year production of Diamond Guard, which is used as a cover glass replacement or protective cover film for displays.
Various pilot production orders from major electronic OEMs, ODMs, and film converters have been fulfilled.
Diamond Guard is a low-cost alternative to glass, with a 6H or higher hardness rating, scratch resistance, gloss finish and shatterproof composition. It is thin, light and flexible. This enables roll-based manufacturing, where Diamond Guard is die- or laser-cut to size. Users can print bezels, logos, borders, or other designs in a roll-to-roll processing method. Diamond Guard does not require special surface treatment for inks to adhere. The Diamond Guard line of protective cover films includes FPR (finger print resistant), AG (anti-glare), and DGU (Diamond Guard Ultra) Hard Coat (up to 9H rating) versions.
Widespread commercialization in the cover glass and protective cover markets will begin with this large-volume certification, said UniPixel CEO Reed Killion. The product will be marketed for small, medium, and large-size displays.
Carestream Tollcoating provides high-precision contract coating services and supplies optical-grade PET film, specializing in the application of aqueous and solvent coatings on flexible substrates.Carestream’s global logistics network boasts supply chain management and distribution capabilities in 56 countries. Diamond Guard can be provided as a raw coating material or as a resin for use in customer coating processes.
UniPixel also will work with OEMs and ODMs to combine Diamond Guard with its UniBoss touch sensor to produce a thinner, cost-effective touchscreen display. Functional prototypes have been developed with better than one-fifth the thickness of current touchscreen displays on the market and at a highly competitive cost. The company aims to market this touchscreen offering in 2013.
Carestream Tollcoating, a division of Carestream Health, Inc., is a premium contract coating services provider specializing in the application of aqueous and solvent coatings on flexible substrates. For additional information, please visit www.tollcoating.com or www.carestream.com.
UniPixel Inc. (NASDAQ:UNXL) delivers Performance Engineered Films to the Lighting, Display and Flexible Electronics markets. For further information, visit www.unipixel.com.