TactoTek & Lightworks partner for lighting design innovation for vehicles

25 March 2020

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Lightworks collaborates with TactoTek to add in-mold lighting solutions to illumination design palette for vehicle design engineers.

Finland-based TactoTek®, which develops, industrialises and licenses in-mold structural electronics (IMSE™), and German automotive lighting design & engineering consultancy, Lightworks GmbH have announced their collaboration on in-mold lighting solutions. Together, the firms will accelerate development and use of in-mold lighting for styling and function for vehicle interiors and exteriors.

Lighting is a prominent feature in over 95% of our customers’ IMSE solutions. From styling to status indicators and dynamic operator alerts, we’re seeing incredible design creativity and high value solutions for users. Lightworks combines a deep understanding of their customers’ preferred styling, aesthetics and design language, with the illumination design and optical engineering expertise to create lighting solutions that complement that vision,” noted Dave Rice, SVP Marketing & Business Development at TactoTek.

In TactoTek IMSE solutions, LEDs and the circuitry that drives them are molded inside of the plastic that is the structure of the part. The result is very thin, seamless components that can conform to complex shapes and are efficiently mass produced.

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Michael Höfgen, founder & CEO of Lightworks stated: “Light as part of automotive user experience is more important for styling and function than ever before. The huge benefit of IMSE is the technology’s fusion of dynamic lighting with highly decorative surfaces and HMI functionality in 3D structures as thin as 2mm. We can enhance many of our illumination package designs with IMSE elements.

TactoTek is building a partner programme with industrial design and engineering companies serving automotive, smart home/IoT, appliance and other markets, so design experts can enhance their solutions with IMSE technology.

About TactoTek


TactoTek is a leading provider of solutions for Injection Molded Structural Electronics (IMSE) that integrate printed circuitry and electronic components into 3D injection molded plastics. Leading use cases include in-vehicle applications, home/industrial appliances and wearable technology. TactoTek develops and industrialises IMSE technology, develops mass production ready IMSE prototypes and licenses IMSE technology for 3rd party mass production.

About Lightworks GmbH

Lightworks is a mid-sized technology company located in Holzkirchen, by Munich. Known as a driver for innovation, Lightworks supports the leading automotive suppliers, Tier 1-suppliers and also customers from various non-automotive applications with its know-how in optical and lighting systems development. Not only in the field of optical development but also in operative project management in complex industrialisation projects, Lightworks is able to convincingly demonstrate its competencies. Furthermore, Lightworks is a member of ISELED-Alliance. Within this scope, the Company promotes the innovative next generation smart-connected and cost-effective LED solutions.

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