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FLEXO Magazine : June 2008
INDUSTRY INDICATORS The New Photoyoltaics: Printing Electricity from Sun and Heat By Dr. Peter Harrop Solar cells are needed on everything from clothing to packaging, toys, space- ships, consumer goods, medical testers, skin patches and tools. Mostly, they must be thin and flexible, lightweight, envi- ronmental and low in cost-even dispos- able in many cases. Optical transparency would prevent them from defacing items and higher efficiency and working from heat as well as light are sought. Working well in real world conditions of reflected or low level light would help. In other words, a multi-faceted $100 billion mar- ket is emerging that will consist of very different requirements but most of them can never be met by today's opaque, ex- pensive, crystalline or amorphous silicon in its heavy, thick glass encapsulation and limited module area. A much better route is printing, at least to the extent of reel-to-reel production on low-cost substrates and increasingly by ink-jet like processes and other techniques of Gidue Opens New Facility Due to a rapid increase in sales during fiscal year 2008, Gidue could not wait for its new premises to be fully functional, and decided to add 23,680sq.ft. to its Headquarters in Turate, Italy. The year 2010, which will see the completion of the new building, seemed too distant for the company, whose need for an additional manufac- turing and storage area was becoming crucial. This led to the decision to add a facility close to the existing plant: the total production surface now amounts to 48,437sq.ft, plus the headquarters and sales offices, the Graphic Arts Centre and Showroom. Gidue is fac- ing an extraordinary sales expansion of its Xpannd™ offsetjflexo integrated systems for the label industry. Six ma- chines have been installed in Italy, with others on order, after Labelexpo 2007. the traditional printing industry which is already developing printed transis- tors, batteries and other devices that will sometimes be printed on this "printed" photovoltaic film. At Printed Electronics Europe, staged by analysts IDTechEx in Dresden, Germany, April 8-9, One presenter de- scribed building factories to print copper indium gallium di-selenide photovolta- r "' CPC Vet. starts Consulting Service Barry Sanel, a respected printing and packaging solutions executive with more than 20 years of industry experience, an- nounced the launch of Barry Sanel Packaging Advisors, a new consulting services firm dedicated to the packaging industry. Among the consultative services the new firm will offer are: · Agency selection design direction and management . Packaging innovation and sustainability initiatives · Cost reduction, process and budget control · Printer selection, press approvals and color management Sanel's extensive industry experience includes his most recent post of packaging manager in the Marketing Services Division of Cadbury Schweppes American Beverages where he managed packaging on notable premium brands such as Mott's, Nantucket Nectars, Mistic Iced Tea, Orangina, Orange Crush, ReaLemon, IBC, Stewart's Root Beer and Y 00- Hoo Chocolate Beverage Drink. \.. During his tenure at Cadbury Schweppes, Sanel was respon- sible for hiring design agencies, giving design direction, bud- geting and execution for re-branding and product line strategy campaigns as well as ensuring compliance with all food labeling regulations in North America. His expertise includes primary, secondary and tertiary packaging development. "How good does your product look on the shelf next to your competition? Is your current packaging effective? Relevant? Are you missing deadlines because your printer can't reproduce the art as designed? Is your brand message consistent across platforms and channels? These are just a few areas where our insight and experience can help you meet your packaging goals," Sanel noted. "Creativity, innovation, speed - to- market and integrity are the cornerstones of our service. Our clients count on us to maximize impact and minimize costs, and that's what we deliver." Barry Sanel Packaging Advisors is lo- cated in suburban Carmel, NY. For more information contact 845-228-5556 or email@example.com. - JUNE 2008 ../ FLEXO www.flexography.org