Be a technological trendsetter, produce innovations that drive technological progress – this has always been RUWEL’s motto, ever since the PCB first appeared in Europe, here in the Lower Rhine area. Intensive research and development work has always been and still is necessary if our company is to grow and be a successful business. The fruits of this work include numerous patents on basic technology.
Until about the mid-1980s, RUWEL focused its research and development mainly on improving and developing procedures for manufacturing printed circuit boards in the widest range of variations.
The work has been concentrated on such things as metallization of plastics, the development of catalytic solutions for chemical copper-plating and chemical formulas for depositing copper-plating solutions.
Increasing automation of the processes for manufacturing printed circuit boards has been accompanied by greater competence of the supply industry. Increasing pressure on costs in global competition has led to the restructuring of development departments at circuit board manufacturers. Today our R&D activity is characterised by modern project work. Further developments and research projects in PCB technology are carried out in co-operation with customers, suppliers and higher education institutions. The work in these project groups is related to practical situations on the part of the industrial partners, while the colleges do the academic work. RUWEL represents a pool of competence and as such is regularly called upon by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to take part in projects receiving state support. A proof is the official hotEL logo of the co-operative research project on high temperature electronics.