UPM ForMi takes root in the electronic industry

Archive 18.6.2012 9:45 EEST

(UPM, Helsinki, 18 June 2012) - The sustainable UPM ForMi biocomposite replaces plastic as the cover material in the mobile phone microscope. A Finnish technology company, KeepLoop, has tested a new pulp based material in the manufacturing of a microscope accessory for mobile phones. KeepLoop has found UPM ForMi material to be extremely competitive.

“The new biocomposite is an excellent material in the injection moulding production. As a cover material it feels clearly softer and warmer than the traditional PC/ABS polymer plastic”, Jaakko Raukola, the founder of KeepLoop, validates.

Cooperation with KeepLoop is significant for UPM because the mobile phone microscope may bring new prospects to the UPM ForMi in consumer electronics and in consumer optics.

”This is an important new launch and a good indication that the range of usage in biocomposites is very extensive. Customers have already used it in furniture manufacturing and in different utility goods. Now we demonstrate that it meets the needs of the electronic industry as well”, the Director of the UPM ForMi business, Stefan Fors, states.

The KeepLoop mobile phone microscope is based on Finnish innovations and proprietary optoelectronic technology. In May, KeepLoop introduced the microscope, destined for the global markets, at the largest international conference of the graphic industry, the Drupa conference. The conference took place in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The mobile phone microscope is based on a technology developed by The Technical Research Centre of Finland. The mobile phone microscope is suitable for quality assurance in the graphic industry, in safe presswork applications, the paper industry and the coating industry. It can also be used in the health sector, geologic research, leisure activities, education and studies . The device can not only be used in all mobile phones with a camera, but also in tablet computers.

Pictures of the KeepLoop mobile phone microscope, link active until 5 July 2012:
A YouTube video of the function of the KeepLoop microscope: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2gR0LqOt8Dc

For more information, please contact:
Stefan Fors, Director, UPM ForMi, tel. +358 40 571 3338
Jaakko Raukola, D. TECH and founder of KeepLoop Oy, tel. +35 40 527 2684
Ali Toivola, CEO KeepLoop Oy, tel. +358 40 839 2215


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UPM ForMi opens a brand new world for sustainable composite products in a wide range of industrial and consumer applications. UPM ForMi is a recyclable and odorless composite material with consistent quality. It brings new possibilities to injection moulding by combining high-quality to sustainability. UPM ForMi composite granulates are manufactured from clean polymers and pulp. Thanks to renewable raw material and UPM’s sourcing, granulates have low carbon footprint. UPM offers the granulates in three grades for injection molding – ForMi GP for general use, ForMi SP for special surface, and ForMi TP for technical applications. Other grades are available upon customer request.

KeepLoop Oy is a technology company, founded in Tampere in 2011. The company concentrates on developing optoelectronic products for mobile phones and other mobile devices. The first product is an easy to use microscope which can be attached in front of a camera lens of a mobile phone, a tablet computer or a laptop, using a magnet. The design of this product is based on lens technology of the new generation, modifiable features and the compact form of the product. More measurement software is designed for the product family at the moment. The goal of the new software is to support occupational use. www.keeploop.com

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