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Trackwise looks to significant scaling up of flex PCB production

Trackwise Designs has announced that it has signed a three-year agreement to manufacture and supply flexible printed circuit (FPC) boards to a UK manufacturer of electric vehicle (EVs).

According to Trackwise, the agreement has the potential to be worth up to £38 million over the period.

The large quantity and precisely defined cell connections and monitoring locations in battery modules are well-suited to FPCs as using FPCs in EVs saves part count and assembly time, leading to increased efficiencies during build processes. They also save space and weight in the final product, enabling the vehicle to go further on a single charge and reducing vehicle emissions. FPCs produced using Trackwise’ patented Improved Harness Technology (IHT) can be made to any length depending on requirements and manufacturers are no longer restricted to traditional, shorter lengths.

The UK government has ambitions for domestic companies to be at the global forefront of ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) development, manufacture and use and has invested £274 million into the Faraday Battery Challenge to develop, design and manufacture batteries in the UK.

Philip Johnston, CEO of Trackwise, commented: “The UK was the first major economy to set a legally binding target to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to “net zero” by 2050. We’re delighted to be working with a UK-based EV manufacturer at the forefront of driving the adoption of sustainable technologies and we acknowledge and are grateful to the support of the Faraday Battery Challenge.

"The selection of Trackwise to help power EVs at scale is a fantastic endorsement of how our technology can help the UK build a robust and reliable domestic supply chain."

Neil Tyler

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