Jiva will use Soluboard® as a catalyst to rethink the way that we handle the fastest growing waste stream in the world.
The unique properties of Soluboard® will enable PCBs made of the material to be more easily broken down and recycled, increasing yields of precious metal recovery and decreasing environmental damage in the process.
Soluboard® will act as future-proofing for customers within the European electronics market in preparation for when the European Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is renewed.
Jiva is initially targeting the European instrumentation sector within the PCB market, although we are continuing to investigate other electronics market segments that the recyclable properties of Soluboard® could be beneficial for.
Jiva is actively collaborating with potential customers to produce advanced beta prototypes based on their IP. These PCBs will be tested internally by the potential customer in line with their specifications and then tested in-situ within a functioning product.
It is understood that Soluboard® would be the world’s first commercialised recyclable PCB substrate. This unique feature partnered with its competitive price and mechanical and electrical properties means that Soluboard® will be widely adopted within the electronics industry.
Jack Herring.Chief Executive Officer
Jack Herring is a graduate of MA Design Products at the Royal College of Art. After inventing Soluboard® during his studies, Jack founded Jiva Materials Limited in 2017.
Jack has been instrumental to successfully raising over €1.2 million in investment and Innovate UK grants combined to further develop Soluboard® and transform it into a commercially viable product.
Jack has played a central role in the development of Jiva’s intellectual property and has experience by acting as Project Manager of Jiva’s ongoing Innovate UK project.
Jack was a finalist for the London Mayor’s Entrepreneur Award in 2018 as well as the Social Innovation Award in Materials Design by the Arts Foundation in 2020.
Dr Jonathan Swanston.Chief Technical Officer
Dr Jonathan Swanston is an entrepreneur with 35 years of techno-commercial experience in the chemical and polymer business.
After working with companies such as Shell and Evonik, Jonathan set up a consulting business – his recent experience includes AIM listing of a company and the successful commercialisation of products.Jonathan has played a key role in the commercial development of Soluboard®, working closely with all of Jiva’s partners to optimise the raw material supply chain and the manufacture of the composite. Jonathan is also responsible for much of the traction that Jiva has received to date with potential customers and played a key role in securing Jiva’s €845,000 seed investment in 2020.
Steven Curtis.Chief Product Officer
Steven Curtis is an engineer and maker with over 25 years of experience in high volume electronics manufacturing. This expertise spans materials, components and systems level manufacturing.
Steven most recently developed the electronic substrate platforms for Cambridge Nanotherm. He has a strong skillset in material selection, equipment and process design, product approval and supply chain design.
Since joining Jiva in 2019, Steven has been responsible for ensuring the effective fabrication of Soluboard®, taking it from a raw material through to a fully assembled PCB. Steven’s expertise as a manufacturing specialist means that Soluboard® will be thoroughly tested to industry standards to secure its position as an alternative in the competitive world of PCB production.
Steve DriverBusiness Development Lead
Steve Driver has been working in the UK PCB industry since 1978. Steve has worked with customers within the mobile telecoms industry as well as the aerospace, defence, transportation and security markets.
Steve has grown and sold several businesses in the world of PCB brokerage, many of which are still operating to this day. Steve’s knowledge and resources provides Jiva with continued support to effectively integrating Soluboard® into existing PCB fabrication processes. Steve’s experience with electrical equipment manufacturers has been key to sourcing potential customers. As such, Jiva is able to benefit from the conversion of ongoing potential customer enquiries to commercial traction and sales.
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