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Flexible transfer medium for formulation and transfer of images

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Manufacture of soap and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations, perfumes and toilet preparations


A Belgian multinational active in the consumer goods is seeking to identify existing or new technologies for a flexible film or belt on which to print an image using drop-on-demand inkjet technologies and then transfer the image onto a secondary substrate. Industrial partners or research centers are sought for license agreement or technical agreement with the large account.



The manufacturing and production lines are more and more sophisticated while complying with greater efficiency.

In order to stick to these parameters, this Belgian company is interested in identifying a solution (medium or material) that is suitable to deposit an image of a given resolution onto the medium and then to release from the medium and transfer to another substrate in an industrial process.
Suitable materials may need to be changed to optimize the process.

With such a purpose, the company is looking for collaboration with industrial players able to provide the required solutions. The purpose would be setting up a long lasting cooperation allowing the large account to comply with its internal strategy and for the potential partner to interact in a systematic way with the large account so as to have immediate access to forthcoming similar requests.

Actually, for the technical cooperation, this large account intends to work together with potential partners having the suitable technical solution in line with the technical specifications listed for the purposes of this technology request.

As for the license agreement, should an already developed solution exist and be fully compliant with the technical requirements listed, the large account would envisage discussions on the terms of the license use.

The company is also looking for potential development partners for upstream development of such technologies with capabilities to:

- Work with or produce materials that can be used in the manufacture of flexible films or belts which could allow deposition of substances onto the substrate followed by release;


- produce flexible films or belts that can be used for such processes.

Technical Specification or Expertise Sought

Cooperation sought: 
The company is looking for any material/flexible medium with capabilities for: • Printing an image onto the surface of the material using inkjet technologies but will also allow the image to release from the material in a subsequent step. Compatible with UV-curable inkjet inks. • Flexible materials with a low modulus (e.g. 1% Secant modulus of the approximate range of 9000-27000 psi, the ultimate tensile strength) that can be conveyed in an industrial process requiring some level of conformability. In general, the company prefers materials that can tolerate bending or stretching without undergoing an irreversible deformation. • Durable or semi-durable belts/blankets with the properties described above. • Innovations that are perceived by the broader industry as new and different in the field of materials which brings breakthroughs in quality, efficiency, manufacturing reliability, and capabilities that were not previously possible. The company is NOT looking for conventional conveyor belts or blankets with multiple layer components.

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Already on the market

Partner sought

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Type of Partner sought: industry Area of expertise : manufacturing / production of flexible films or belts Role of Partner Sought: collaborate with the large account and make a deal with the latter about the technical solution sought

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SME 11-50,R&D Institution,SME 51-250