£1m investment for Zytronic to increase touch sensor output

Posted on 14 Jan 2016 by Jonny Williamson

Leading developer and manufacturer of advanced projected capacitive touch sensor solutions, Zytronic has invested £1m to increase its manufacturing capacity.

The Newcastle-based manufacturer has seen growing demand for ultra large format touch screens for digital signage, table surface and other applications.

The company’s largest single investment included a 25% increase in the total ISO 5 (Class 100) cleanroom area at its 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 10,000 sq ft.

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

CEO, Mark Cambridge commented: “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 85”.

“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 the range of manufacturing activities that it can undertake allowing it to offer its customers more complete and integrated solutions.

For example, it can add installation brackets and other elements to a screen so it can be fitted directly into a housing unit on site. Zytronic is also able to provide bezels and other elements if required.

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