Research, industry sign €18m copper foil partnership

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (List) and Circuit Foil Luxembourg on Friday signed an €18m partnership to team up on developing the next generation of copper foil.

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Publication date : 06/11/2021


The four-year research and development project is supported by the economy ministry and Luxembourg’s National Research Fund (FNR). It is the largest public-private partnership signed between a Luxembourg SME and a public research centre, List said in a press statement.

Copper foil is used in 5G and next generation 6G technology as well as electric vehicles and aircraft. The research will focus on the use of copper materials for electronics and emerging applications, with a second branch dedicated to energy, transport and advanced materials.

List will support Circuit Foil in developing advanced processing technologies. “From now to 2030 demand [for copper, editor’s note] will increase in volume by 2.5,” said Damien Lenoble, director of the materials research and technology department at List.

“Large research investment on advanced copper foil technologies and manufacturing is instrumental to help our strategic partner, Circuit Foil, to capture fantastic market perspectives serving the digitalisation and the sustainable transformation of our society,” he said.

“Our copper foil is a key component in a wide range of applications such as smartphones, 5G devices, IoT, smart cards, autonomous vehicles, airplanes or satellites! While environment is a global concern, Circuit Foil is at the forefront of circular economy while using 100% of recycled copper as raw material,” said Circuit Foil CEO Fabienne Bozet.

The partners expect the project will “help place Luxembourg as a high-tech country into a domain becoming more and more strategic for the European strength,” both partners said in a statement.

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