Zytronic invests £1m to expand manufacturing capabilities


Driven by increased demand for ultra large format touch screens in signage and surface applications

Zytronic, a UK-based developer and manufacturer of advanced projected capacitive touch sensor solutions, has invested £1m (US$1.5m) to increase its manufacturing capacity, especially for ultra large format touch sensors for digital signage, table surface and other applications.

The largest single investment included a 25% increase in the ISO 5 (Class 100) cleanroom area at its Newcastle manufacturing site. A significant and critical proportion of touch screen manufacture takes place in cleanroom conditions, and the expansion increases the total manufacturing floor area to 10,000ft2, the firm said.

To increase throughput of ultra large touch sensors of up to 65in diagonal, Zytronic has added five new direct write electrode machines and a further automated laminator.

Mark Cambridge, CEO, Zytronic Group, said: 'In its 2015 financial year, Zytronic grew by 13%. A key feature of this growth has been further market acceptance of our patented multi-touch projected capacitive technology (MPCT), which enables multi-user and multi touch sensing in ultra large form factor sizes up to 85in.

'During the year, we made a number of investments in our property, plant and machinery to support this growth, increasing our output capacity, especially in large formats, where we saw demand for large touch sensors increase by 50% in volume terms over the prior year.'

Zytronic has also increased its range of manufacturing activities allowing it to offer more complete and integrated solutions to customers. For example, it can add installation brackets and other elements to a screen so that it can be fitted directly into a housing unit on site. Zytronic is also able to provide bezels and other elements if required.

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An additional CNC computer controlled glass profiling machine has been introduced, allowing the firm to extend the range of customisations it offers in the supply of its touch sensors.