Information technologies

Whether for modeling, imaging, image display and coloring, the new information technologies necessitate many products in which PCAS has a solid expertise and unique industrial know-how.

Expert in the synthesis of light-sensitive materials, special polymers, polysyllables and special dyes, we supply photosensitive products for traditional offset printing and digital printing (computer-to-plate) and for screen printing (photosensitive resins and photoinitiators).

PCAS is a player in functional intermediates for the photo and textile markets. We mass produce negative and positive diaeresis (Negated, Posing), photo acid generators (triazines, etc.), photoinhibitors, infrared inks for computer-to-plate systems (AZO, Cyanines), acrylic monomers and polymers as well as polyurethane resins.

Our Canadian subsidiary produces a wide range of organic intermediates used by formulators of photosensitive resins (photoresists).

PCAS also supplies bottom anti-reflective coatings useful for removing problems to do with reflection on the substrate during the lithographic process, and anti-reflective layers for micro-lithography, two technologies that are essential for the manufacture of semi-conductors and microprocessors.

Our Canadian subsidiary's know-how and production capacity in ultra-clean metal-free conditions are quite unique. This know-how and production capacity is also provided to our customers through custom manufacturing and tolling agreements.

PCAS is also actively developing innovative organic compounds that will be at the cutting edge of technology in the conducting polymers industry and more specifically in photovoltaics and printed electronics.

Focus

Diazo-resins and Photopolymers

PCAS manufacture diazo-resins and photopolymers for imaging industries

Photosensitive resins (Photoresists)

Our Canadian subsidiary custom-manufactures organic intermediates used by its customers in the formulation of photosensitive resins (Photoresists). These intermediates are custom manufactured in order to meet the specific demands of our customers.

Anti-reflective coating

Bottom anti-reflective coatings (BARC) are useful to remedy problems associated with reflection on the substrate during the lithographic process.

A wide range of intermediate products are custom-manufactured for specific customers for use in the formulation of anti-reflective coatings. All custom-manufactured products are made according to detailed customer specifications. These products are sold to customers within the scope of exclusive agreements.

However, some other intermediates, such as anthracene derivatives, are delivered without exclusivity restrictions.

Products are manufactured under stringent specifications, including very high purity and low metal contents (ionic metals) at the low ppb (part per billion) level.

Our Canadian subsidiary's capabilities include photosensitive materials and polymers of high organic purity and with low metal contents

Printed electronics

Our Canadian subsidiary’s innovative abilities and expertise in the field of microelectronics have enabled the Company to enter the emerging printed electronic market and provide its capabilities and know-how to this industry.

Printed electronics emerged from the development of new applications and new generations of low-cost products that are flexible, light and thin-layered. Printed electronics cover a wide range of applications such as flexible display systems, sensors, radio frequency identification (RFID) labeling or organic photovoltaic cells and batteries. It makes it possible to create more interactive or "smart" products by printing the electronic components on their surface.

The materials used in printed electronics are active inks that are printed onto foldable supports (polyester film, paper, etc.). All forms of classic printing techniques can be envisaged, but ink-jet printing is the most promising. The inks can contain metallic nano-particles (silver), inorganic components (ITO), but also organic components such as semiconductor polymers (polythiophene, polycarbazole, etc.) or conductors (poly aniline, etc.). Printed electronic products are therefore made of several different layers of materials, which provide the required functions.

Our Canadian subsidiary's expertise consists in mastering the development of organic conductive and semi-conductive polymers. The Company works in conjunction with a number of key players on a wide variety of applications such as organic photovoltaic (OPV) or OLEDs. Our aim is to scale-up the manufacturing processes of such materials to an industrial scale. Such materials will be at the forefront of technology in this industry.

Lithographic chemicals

These products are used in the formulation of coatings in the production of printing plates (offset, flexographic), screen-printing emulsions or color proofing films.

They include positive and negative diazoresins, photoacid generators and activators and specialty infrared absorbing dyes for thermal CtP (Computer-to-Play) systems.

For manufacturing CtP plates, we provide polymers, acrylic monomers, polymerization initiators, dyes and other compounds that are light-sensitive at specific wavelengths.

The two main product families used in such formulations are:

  • Polymers
  • Dyes (mainly Cyanines)

Polymers

The printing coating segment uses a wide range of specialty polymers (light-sensitive or not), which provide specific functionalities. It includes acrylics, polyurethanes, urethane-acrylates, polyimides, Novolac resins, polyvinylbutyrals. Critical monomers or oligomers used in the preparation of the above polymers can also be produced on request by PCAS.

Printing inks ingredients

Binders specifically suited for application in ink formulation can be offered on a custom synthesis basis.