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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, seen here with President Harvey Stenger, visited the Center for Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM) at the Huron Campus in Endicott Wednesday to announce $20M in state funding. The money matches $20M in federal funding announced last fall and will support hybrid flexible electronics research and manufacturing.
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Gov. Cuomo announces $20M to Binghamton University for hybrid flexible electronics facility
April 6, 2016Tweet
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that New York state is committing $20 million to Binghamton University, matching a federal National Manufacturing Innovation Institute award announced last fall, to support the University’s flexible electronics research initiative.
In a visit to the Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM) at the Huron Campus in Endicott, Cuomo said the funding will support the New York node in the NextFlex Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute by helping to retrofit space in the former IBM facility.
Cuomo likened the initiative to the establishment of Albany as the center for nanotechnology.
“The Albany College of Nanoscience had an investment model – the same that is being deployed here – that worked brilliantly,” Cuomo said. “In Albany, they owned the R&D facility. Companies came there because they had to. That’s what we’re doing here with this facility.”
Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger said this new hybrid flexible electronics research initiative starts with research and ideas that will have the Southern Tier soaring. “For example, Corning has created glass that can be bent, and we have the technology that can print onto that glass in a roll-to-roll process, so imagine making TVs that can bend and lights that would wrap around a building, or flexible solar cells or wearable medical devices.
“The concepts and ideas are limitless and we have opportunities here to work in collaboration with other universities and companies including Corning, GE Global Research, Lockheed Martin and i3 Electronics to develop projects and manufacturing processes for products that will be made here. We can encourage and provide opportunities for manufacturing here in a cost-effective way that makes sense for our community and our environment.”
What’s critical about this partnership is that every project is industry-led and driven, Stenger said. “As companies come to the table, they have to invest as well. It’s the beginning of what’s been established in Albany but with a fairly new technology and in a building that we want to resurrect and make soar.”
“There are numerous applications of this technology,” Cuomo added. “The approach of birthing it here, growing it here and manufacturing and making it here is exciting. It is the technology of tomorrow and the approach of tomorrow. We believe in it and are investing in it and we’re 100 percent behind what you’re doing here.”