Aismalibar, acquired by the Spanish Industrial Group GABRIEL BENMAYOR, S.A. in March 2011 is actively participating in the Consumerising solid-state lighting (CSSL) project together with other 25 European companies, with Philips Lighting as a leader.
The use of solid state lighting will be a key contributor in the reduction of 80% of energy consumption, in comparison with the demands made by conventional incandescent bulbs.
This project is born because Light-emitting Diode (LED) lamps are a rapidly-emerging technology which replaces incandescent light bulbs and is also gaining acceptance as an alternative to the compact fluorescent lamp. Commercial versions are already available, although there is frequently no single LED retrofit product that meets all consumer requirements.
The “European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council Joint Undertaking” ENIAC JU project CSSL, aims to develop and demonstrate inexpensive, smart, solid-state light sources through advances in technology and application opportunities. The project will also work vertically across the entire European value chains to achieve substantial cost reductions.
In accordance with EU legislation to eliminate incandescent lamps by end of 2012, The ENIAC JU project CSSL aims to develop and expand the use of LED technology. In many professional applications LEDs have already proven to offer a realistic alternative, not only to incandescent light bulbs, but also to their proposed replacement, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
However, current LED retrofit products are relatively expensive and the cost increase will deter many consumers from accepting this new mode of lighting. Consequently, CSSL will also work with energy companies to gain valuable end-user insights and explore a new business model that will further promote and develop the consumer LED retrofit market.
CSSL project will have a profound impact on many European industries such as microelectronics, dimmers, controllers and heat management. Twenty-six European Companies are participating together with Gabriel Benmayor, S.A.-Aismalibar. Among them we find recognized companies as: Philips Lighting, Philips Innovative Applications, Philips Research, Cambridge University, Legrand, Niko, CNM (National Centre for Microelectronics) and LEITAT laboratories. The project will strengthen Europe’s position in the technological race by encouraging lighting manufacturers to develop high quality, high-efficiency components and heat management LED products to replace the ordinary light bulb.
The project consists in developing a LED lamp of 60 Watt for domestic application with a sustainable cost reduction and improved features such as: integration of sensors, actuators and dimmer controls to use the full potential of the digital source and offer more functions to the consumer.
Gabriel Benmayor-Aismalibar manufacturing plant is located in Montcada-Barcelona (Spain), has a large experience of more than 10 years in producing and serving IMS laminates with low thermal resistance, high thermal conductivity (over 2 Watt) and high dielectric breakdown voltage (up to 8 KVolt) to the European market and more than 75 years experience in producing and supplying laminates for the electronics and electro technical industries to the market.
The participation of Gabriel Benmayor-Aismalibar in this project consists in the development and improvement of an IMS PCB laminate for mounting 6-8 LEDs. The thermal management and the heat produced by the LEDS are critical for the lamp’s life. Part of this objective is achieved thanks to the IMS electronic support that Aismalibar developed and provided. New solutions which will improve the global cost and heat transmission effectiveness, such as improved thermal conductive IMS, flexible IMS to be adapted to the shape and lamp size optimizing the final model or high thickness aluminum support to improve the heating transfer to the heat sink, are in constant research and continuously are added to the project.
CSSL ENIAC JU project is a part of an extensive EU program dealing with the development of nanoelectronic technologies. It is a three year project which will be completely finished by mid 2013.
Aismalibar has begun operations at its new plant located in Barcelona, Spain. The new plant has a pressing capacity of 500,000 square meters of insulated metal substrate (IMS). It is equipped with the most modern automation systems drastically reducing the man power involved in operations. The new facility will also be home to Aismalibar’s new R&D center. With this new plant Aismalibar becomes an industry leader as the first IMS manufacturer in Europe to focus on servicing quick-turn and prototype business in both the European and U.S. markets.
Gabriel Benmayor SA acquired Aismalibar in March 2011 with the aim of taking their full range of products worldwide. Aismalibar is a first class Metal CCL producer in Europe. Its product IMS Cobritherm® is a qualified and recognized IMS which gives the best thermal management solutions with a high thermal conductivity, low thermal impedance, high dielectric capacity and is 100% proof tested. IMS Cobritherm is composed of an aluminium sheet, a ceramic filled epoxy resin, and a copper foil. It has been one of the first producers of metal clad in the world and the first in Europe.
Aismalibar Copper clad laminates are the base materials for the most qualified PCBs in several applications such as automotive, LED, electronic components, power circuitry, power supplies, and electro -echnical. Among its portfolio there are recognized products such as Heavy Copper composite laminates, CEM-1 and CEM-3 with rolled annealed (RA) copper foil over 200 micron, 210 and 400 micron, suitable for many automotive applications, CEM-1 high CTI laminates suitable for lead free soldering which fulfils with the RoHS directive requirements, CEM-3 and FR-4 laminates for PCBs and pre-preg for multilayer applications with logos VR® and IGAV® applying all homologations and certifications: UL, BSI, VDE, SGS.