Focus on functional films
The Nissha Innovation Center Europe (NICE), where engineers develop solutions for functional films, recently was founded in Waltershausen/Thuringia. Based in Japan, Nissha manufactures products all over the world, including sensor films for cars, smartphones and tablets.
In Waltershausen, the Japanese Corporation is represented by Schuster Kunststofftechnik GmbH and Back Stickers GmbH, which produce decorative in-mold labeling (IML) for vehicle interiors. This field is also where NICE conducts most of its research. NICE cooperates with 400 engineers at the main R&D office in Kyoto and brings in car makers and auto parts suppliers. Nissha picked Thuringia due to its dense network of innovative companies and institutions. NICE has been tasked with developing client-centric solutions such as functional films that heat proximity sensors and headlights in the winter or decorative surface films and touch sensors to replace conventional buttons in vehicle interiors.back