From idea to product
Every company that has an innovative idea and wants to turn that idea into a market-ready product, can make use of imec's services. Our full turnkey product development service ranges from product engineering – mechanical, software and electronics design – over prototyping to production. Imec offers services to companies worldwide and from diverse sectors. Their products find application in a broad range of sectors, such as the medical sector (e.g. health monitoring or medical equipment), consumer electronics, displays, robotics, logistics etc. Many of the projects we run follow general trends, such as the trend towards increased automation.
At the heart of leading industries
Imec is present wherever innovative industries are booming. For instance with our offices in Taiwan. Being located there is an important asset to turn system solutions into semi-finished or complete products. Taiwan, and more general Asia, is the ‘center of gravity’ for consumer electronics. As a consequence, you will find in Asia the skills required to quickly develop high-quality products. So on the one hand, working in Taiwan gives us direct access to human resources having very specific skills in a variety of domains (mechanical design, embedded software etc...). On the other hand, we are at the heart of an electronics manufacturing ecosystem: chip development, precision mechanics, photonics, displays, ICT etc – it’s all there. This allows us to get in contact with the right suppliers, to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and to get insight into e.g. the cost of upscaling a product. This kind of information is very valuable to companies for building a good business case. The same thing goes for imec’s presence in the USA, where we are closely in touch with industries that make use of our photonics and high-speed electronics research, such as the automotive and health industries.
International solutions from startup to multinational
Imec helps entrepreneurs to fast-track market entry and scale-up. Startup companies typically look to outsource R&D. They quickly want to check their idea against the market and be sure that their solution is up-scalable to large volumes. But they don’t (yet) have the required skills to do so. Most SMEs want to innovate at product level and collaborating with imec is a safe way to do so. Larger companies in some cases, look for unique technologies which they find at imec. For others, we help them make their own technologies more mature for them. This way, we provide a step-stone for companies to integrate imec’s technology in their products and accelerate market entry. Also, large companies often look for technology trends, mostly very disruptive technologies. We can integrate these technologies into a demonstrator. This way, companies can experience what the technology can mean for the end user.