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The real and virtual worlds integrating at a steadily increased pace, the Internet of Things is pushing the evolutionary journey towards the fourth industrial revolution with various far reaching consequences. This fourth industrial revolution will not only herald change for the industrial sector, but will also have a major impact on how we live and work in general. Therefore, we are launching Africa 4.0 as a digital platform to the latest trends, technology and views regarding the IoT and Industry 4.0. Please subscribe to this magazine and always keep up to date with worldwide developments for smart factories, Industrial Internet of Things, smart manufacturing, advanced manufacturing and more.

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Please subscribe to this magazine and always keep up to date with worldwide developments for smart factories, Industrial Internet of Things, smart manufacturing, advanced manufacturing and more. AFRICA 4. Information, Tech Trends Interviews and More... Utilizing the next Revolution. Survey to determine feasibility to establish a joint voice for C&I businesses accross value chain in South Africa. Go to survey

Now Launching: UNIQUE SILOXANES PROCESSING UNLEASHES THE POTENTIAL OF OPTOELECTRONIC DEVICES FOR THE INDUSTRIAL INTERNET OF THINGS AFRICA 4. Information, Tech Trends Interviews and More... Utilizing the next Revolution. HOW IOT INNOVATION CAN HELP SOUTH AFRICAN MANUFACTURERS COMPETE INTERNATIONALLY Hong Kong, SAR China and HELSINKI, Finland 26.4.2016 – Inkron, a technology leader in printed nano-composite siloxane based electronic packaging materials for the optoelectronics; printed electronics and display industries, announces today the availability of turnkey optoelectronic service solutions to address megatrends in industrial internet applications utilizing its advanced inks and pastes. The Optoelectronic industry including LEDs, lasers and optical sensors’ market size in 2015 was over billion and this highly fragmented field has outpaced the CAGR of the integrated circuit market since the mid-1990s. With the continued growth over the next five years predicted, new end-use applications such as medical and automotive devices shall continue this trend at the same rate (11 % growth in 2015) mainly due to the increased adoption of smart devices and the industrial IoT. Optoelectronic applications are based on highvalue manufacturing and complex supply chains. Inkron’s turnkey packaging service combined with advanced proprietary materials offers application developers a fast and unique path to markets. To achieve their ultimate performance, next generation optoelectronic devices require a range of specialty materials. These may include advanced die attach, optical underfill, light scattering and encapsulation enabling increased light-coupling, w avelength c o nversion, b e t t e r t h e r m a l management, electrical connectivity and increased device lifetime. Working with our material designers and process specialists, will provide our clients fast turn-around times of prototyping and easy route to evaluate their packaging concepts and designs; while also providing companies with access to small to medium volume packaging and the potential for further improvements in device performance. Inkron’s turnkey packaging service also provides a scalable solution for easy transfer to third party high volume production facilities. This allows clients to avoid costly start-up costs and NRE expenses often prohibiting multiple design evaluations when bringing specialty packaging to market. “The initial orders of specialty optoelectronic devices which include for example novel white light anti-bacterial LEDs to h o s p i t a l s ’ s m a r t disinfection approach are now being processed,” c o m p a n y ’ s C h i e f Executive Dr. Juha Rantala reveals and explains “our emphasis is in utilizing our l e a d i n g p o s i t i o n i n enabling siloxane-based packaging materials by providing services for specialized high valueadded markets in industrial applications such as additive m a n u f a c t u r i n g a n d healthcare optoelectronics. Our initial customers are smart photonics system developers and manufacturers who need customized optical components in small to medium volume runs.” The platform technology materials and processes utilized under Inkron’s turnkey solution are thoroughly tested for reliability, environmental stability and safety. The service also provides clients with an opportunity to characterize novel R&D materials and processes within a production environment. Inkron can provide specialized turnkey optoelectronic packaging solutions for primarily plastic lead frame; metal core; ceramic; Silicon and FR4 type substrates. Looking forward, together with its partners, Inkron will introduce turnkey solutions for next generation wafer and panel level packaging processes in the next 12 months. With the new service announced Inkron’s core business continues to be the supplier of the specialty materials for the device manufacturers and packaging fabs. Inkron will continue to revolutionize material solutions for the megatrends in the IoT, sensors, wearable devices and optoelectronics for virtual reality. About Inkron Inkron is a technology leader and manufacturer of next generation materials for the Displays, LED, Power IC, semiconductor and printed electronics industries. Inkron’s proprietary advanced siloxane polymer chemistry capabilities, along with our cost effective manufacturing process for nanomaterials, enable the development of a wide range of customized material products with superior performance advantages in high-tech applications. INKRON Telephone: +358 10 581 2650 (Finland) E-mail: The South African manufacturing industry has come under significant pressure in the last decade. According to Deloitte's Global Manufacturing Competitiveness survey, South Africa is ranked 27th in the world, down three places from 2013 and we're expected to slip further down the ranking in the next five to ten years. The rising cost of production combined with muted investments in technology are making it difficult for South African manufacturers to compete with their international peers. However, Mike Vincent, Africa Industrial Products and Services Sector Leader at Deloitte believes advanced technology and the Internet of Things (IOT) can help manufacturers in South Africa and the rest of the continent be more globally competitive, streamline operations and increase productivity. Vincent says, “Thanks to IoT, we have a positive outlook on the future of manufacturing in Africa on condition that appropriate investments are made. Innovative new sensory technology in the IoT space allows manufacturing companies to better monitor and analyse the manufacturing process. This includes how the end user interacts with the products. There is an exciting opportunity now to use this business knowledge and customer insight to improve the manufacturing process and most importantly the product itself.” IoT's new data processing technologies and availability of analytical forecasting models monitor the entire manufacturing value chain - from concept to completion and beyond. By adding innovative IoT sensors in the operation, connectivity is improved at all levels. The business becomes inherently smarter. For example, sophisticated cars are built almost completely by machines using parts manufactured and imported from different parts of the world. continued on next page


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