14 June 2012 Panasonic extends imec deal to include flexible electronics Luc van den Hove, president, imec Belgian research institute imec has extended its R&D agreement with Panasonic for another three years. The new agreement between the two organisations is said to be a 'comprehensive and broadened collaboration', extending research to include flexible electronics. Originally established in 2004 to focus on semiconductor process technology, the agreement now encompasses wireless communication, healthcare and next generation cmos technologies, as well as flexible electronics. Luc Van den hove, pictured, imec's president and ceo, said: "I am very pleased that we will continue our strategic collaboration with Panasonic in the coming years. The extension and expansion of our research collaboration is a confirmation of the value of our research offering to the industry. Through a collaborative approach of R&D, sharing resources and results – but also by protecting the generated IP – imec supports Panasonic to be at the forefront of innovation." Yoshiyuki Miyabe, Panasonic's cto, added: "We hope to strengthen our 'win-win' relationship." Author Graham Pitcher Comment on this article Websites http://www.imec.behttp://www.panasonic.net Companies IMECPanasonic UK Ltd This material is protected by MA Business copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team. What you think about this article: Add your comments Name Email Comments Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published. Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.