The Active Paper Company Oy was founded to bring new engaging interactive tools for everyday situations.
The Active Paper technology is a platform for interactive brand advertising, security solutions and easy-to-use every day diagnostics tests. The Company’s first target market is interactive and engaging products used by leading brand owner customers for interactive consumer advertising. Our first products are coasters, stickers and greeting cards for brand/product advertising in in-store, in-school, in-bar and in-event environments. The second generation of products introduce sensing capability on the Active Paper platform to generate easy-to-use tools for consumers to monitor the wellbeing of themselves, their loved ones or their environment. These products will be used also by leading brand owner customers for consumer advertising and engagement to promote their products that are marketed with wellbeing related claims.
The Active Paper Company Oy was founded by Chairman of Board Mr. Risto Lehtimäki, EVP Dr. David Fyfe and CTO Mr. Tomi Erho. In addition to the founders, VTT Ventures Ltd is a shareholder in the company.
Chairman of Board Risto Lehtomäki
Mr. Risto Lehtimäki acts as an independent business angel and holds a MSc in Industrial Economics. He has over twenty years of international leadership experience from global operations covering all key functions of business (Metso Corporation), including years of experience from corporate top management. During last 20 years he has spent over ten years outside of Finland building international network with business and public sector decision makers. Mr. Lehtimäki has participated in numerous corporate acquisitions and new business arrangements. He possesses versatile experience in creating new product and service concepts and launching them globally. He also holds a proven track record of international marketing and communications. Currently he acts as a member of the board for several high growth companies.
Executive Vice President David Fyfe
Dr David Fyfe has had an impressive career in the printed and organic electronics industry spanning more than ten years. He served as chairman and chief executive of Cambridge Display Technology (CDT), a developer of light emitting polymer technology which was acquired by Sumitomo Chemical in 2007. He advanced CDT from a university spin-out research company through to a public listing and to a trade sale for $285 million. Currently, Dr. Fyfe is chairman of Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd, developing Oxford University science to be applied to building window power generation (BIPV), a non-executive director at Acal Energy, developer of novel fuel cell technology based in the UK in addition to his involvement with The Active Paper Company. He invests in several early stage companies and in private equity funds. Dr Fyfe has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in materials science from the University of Cambridge and a doctorate from London University with a dissertation on electrochemical research. He resides in the USA but is a frequent business visitor to Europe.
Chief Technology Officer Tomi Erho
Mr. Tomi Erho has been the lead developer of Active Paper technology at VTT. He received his M.Sc. degree from Helsinki University of Technology in 1995 (major in Graphic Arts Technology, minor in Industrial Economics), and has worked in printing and paper related R&D first in the paper industry and at VTT since year 2000. At VTT he set up a unique printability testing environment and service for rotogravure and flexographic papers and boards. Since year 2006 he was a team leader and deputy technology manager being involved in the development of a knowledge centre’s offering and services. He started directing development work on Active Paper technology on 2006, and was responsible for the commercialization activities related to Active Paper technology.