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VDL FLOW is a newly established enterprise within VDL Enabling Technologies Group (VDL ETG), The Netherlands, which is in turn part of the parent Dutch company VDL Groep.

VDL ETG, with more than 100 years of experience in turnkey solutions for factory automation, brings together six VDL companies that are specialized in mechatronic systems and in equipment capable to handle and position materials and devices with extreme accuracies, often at micrometer and nanometer level. These products are delivered to customers in the semiconductor manufacturing business, in the electronic microscopy, analytical chemistry and medical sectors, and in the photovoltaic and LED manufacturing industries. The strengths of VDL ETG lie in, but are not limited to ultra-precision machining, turning and milling of advanced materials, vacuum and cleanroom technologies, and final integration and qualification of highly complex systems. VDL ETG has also a rich history in the development and delivery of state-of-the-art production lines for a wide range of applications, amongst which in sheet-to-sheet (S2S) and roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing.

VDL FLOW has started under the umbrella of VDL ETG in order to benefit from the existent high-tech know-how in material handling and positioning. The core activity of VDL FLOW is to specify, design and manufacture sheet-to-sheet and roll-to-roll production lines that respond to cutting-edge requirements for the deposition of functional materials on flexible substrates like plastic or metal foils. In fact, FLOW stands for Functional Layers On Web.

VDL FLOW has the ambition to expand its product range, customize the functions and specifications of its future R2R lines, optimize the cost structure of the future products, and acquire the market share that will enable a sustainable operation. The business scope of VDL FLOW will be generally extended to turn-key design and system integration of S2S and R2R production lines for all printed electronics applications. Many of these applications such as thin flexible sensors, extremely thin batteries, printed logic circuitry, or other components based on deposition of functional materials are already known to require dedicated manufacturing processes under extreme specifications.

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