About us

The team

Dr. Martin Gutfleisch
Managing Director Technology

E-Mail: martin.gutfleisch@hyprint.de

Telefon: +49 (0)6221 426 34 55
Mobil: +49 (0)160 87 20 585

Andreas Laib
Managing Director Finance & Business Development

E-Mail: andreas.laib@hyprint.de

Telefon: +49 (0) 6221 426 34 55
Mobil: +49 (0)151 645 909 09

Dr. Richard Leys
Director Technology & Hardware/Software Design

Our Mission

By combining expertise in Printing Technology, Material Science and Embedded Systems Engineering, HyPrint Hybrid Electronics creates the interdisciplinary synergy to provide you with full-service systems by leveraging the printed electronics eco-system for your application.​

Our History

Dr. Martin Gutfleisch

Martin Gutfleisch was born on March 19th, 1965 in Dossenheim near Heidelberg. After apprenticeship as an Electrician, he studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Mannheim and completed this course in 1990 as a graduate engineer (FH). To get to know the language, country and people, Gutfleisch traveled through South America for over 6 months with a focus on Argentina. In addition to his work as a part-time engineer, he studied physics at the University of Heidelberg from 1991 to 1997 and completed this course as a graduate physicist with a thesis on Laser Spectroscopy in Gases and Flames.

In September 1997 Gutfleisch continued his professional career as a development engineer and project manager Pre-Development at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Initially, the focus was on the development and expansion of the Pre-Development division, which was founded in 1997. He founded and headed the completely new field of work “Rewritable Offset Printing Master” for HEIDELBERG. Through the implementation of training in Total Quality Management (TQM, “Quality of Management”) and the consortium management and project management of BMBF projects, he was also able to gain broad professional experience in other specialist areas and in the world of public funding projects. He demonstrated his innovative strength through numerous inventions and patent registrations and carried out a doctorate at RWTH Aachen from 1999 to 2004 (topic: surface analysis on wet-chemically, photochemically and photothermally modified titanium-dioxide surfaces, degree: Dr. rer. nat.)

In 2009 Gutfleisch joined the newly founded InnovationLab GmbH in Heidelberg (iL). As Research Coordinator, he was responsible for the InnovationLab research location and for the R&D management. Initially, the focus was on building InnovationLab GmbH as “Applied Research and Transfer Platform” InnovationLab. In a first large-scale project, Gutfleisch was involved in the planning, construction and expansion of a clean room laboratory (800 m², total budget € 4 million) together with employees from the companies BASF, Merck, SAP, Roche, Freudenberg and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, as well as the universities of Heidelberg, Darmstadt, Braunschweig, Karlsruhe and Mannheim. With the establishment and expansion of the iL partner network, the InnovationLab was permanently established in the community of Printed Electronics. As Head of Technical Operations and later as Director Technology, he was responsible not only for the operational management of the application-oriented R&D platform, but also for all-inclusive technology projects from pre-development to development and production development. As part of the business development, the first customers for products and R&D services in the field of printed electronics were acquired.

In 2017 Gutfleisch started as Vice President R&D at Witte holding GmbH & Co. KG (Münster) to set up the “Printed Electronics” business area for Witte. After the development and introduction of the innovation strategy for the group, ways to create product and business concepts were shown. As part of business development, Witte was established as a reliable, competent partner for Printed Electronics. Strategic R&D partnerships were established, R&D projects were successfully carried out and completed. As a basis product- and technology-platforms were developed for printed components.

Together with Andreas Laib and Dr. Richard Leys in January 2020 he founded HyPrint GmbH based in Heidelberg. The company offers complete solutions in the field of hybrid electronics. In addition to fully printed electronic components such as NFC antennas, batteries, electrochromic components and sensors, this also includes partially printed electronic labels including extensive development services with app and cloud software. The focus is on the platform and building block principle in order to be able to introduce products to the market inexpensively, quickly and sustainably by demonstrating the feasibility based on demonstrators (understanding by handling). Martin is an enthusiastic athlete who took part in many competitions as a young soccer player, later as a passionate rower and nowadays as an age group triathlete. After work, he also likes to play the guitar or to maintain his old motorbike.

Andreas Laib

Andreas Laib was born on January 5th, 1972 in Worms. After graduating from high school at Friedrich-List-Gymnasium, he completed vocational training as an industrial clerk at the John Deere Werke Mannheim.

He then studied sports science at the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg with a master’s degree. He started his professional career as an employee in the marketing department of SV Waldhof Mannheim Spielbetriebs GmbH. From 2004 to 2015, Laib was managing director at SV Waldhof Mannheim e.V.

From 2015 to 2019, Laib worked as a consultant in the football industry, among others for COMARO Transfairrechteverwertungsgesellschaft mbH. In January 2020 he founded together with Dr. Martin Gutfleisch and Dr. Richard Leys the HyPrint GmbH based in Heidelberg, where he acts as managing director of finance / business development

 Andreas Laib came to rowing through swimming, won several medals at the German championships, took part in 3 world championships and became world champion in lightweight eight in 1998.

Richard Leys

Richard Leys was born on October 10th, 1986 in Croix (France). After graduating from high school he studied Engineering (Diplôme d’État d’Ingénieur) at ECE Paris with a master’s degree focusing on the area of embedded systems. Part of the course also included a semester abroad at Stafford University (England) and Heidelberg University (Germany).

This was followed by a doctorate in the field of computer science – computer architecture under Prof. Brüning at the University of Heidelberg (title: Software engineering for hardware / software co-design improvement applied to digital integrated circuit design). According to the doctoral focus, Leys researched low-level software architecture in connection with high-performing computing. He developed and implemented digital circuits in the TSMC 65 nm process node for the Extoll high-performance network card ASIC (~ 290M transistors).

From 2014 to 2017 Leys was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Karlsruhe with the general purpose of digital-analog mixed-signal integrated circuit design mostly applied to sensor systems for physics experiments (e.g. LHC @ CERN; technologies: UMC 180 nm, AMS 350 nm, Xilinx FPGA; development and maintenance of the Cadence ecosystem). In connection with the teaching assignment, Leys gave lectures on the digital ASIC design process and organized the laboratory work for lectures on the design of digital and analog integrated circuits.

Before founding HyPrint GmbH, Leys was responsible for setting up an R&D department for printed electronics at Witte PlusPrint GmbH. The focus was the design and production of flexible printed circuits on screen printing technology, including associated hardware and software developments for rapid prototyping of products (Capacitive Touch Sensors, Printed Batteries, Pressure and Temperature Sensors etc.).

Rich likes to dedicate himself to music after work, enjoyed a classical music education (Clarinet) and is actively engaged in Celtic music (Violin/Fiddle, Tin whistle, Mandolin).

Technical Skills:

CMOS Circuit Design and Implementation

  • RTL hardware description and verification (Verilog/VHDL, UVM – Cadence Tools)
  • Analog and Mixed-Signal Simulation of CMOS circuits on Cadence ADE Toolchain
  • Implementation on FPGA targets (Xilinx mainly)
  • Semi-Custom and Full-Custom implementation and verification at the top level, tape-out with Foundry Service (DRC/LVS and DFM, Europractice MPW for tapeout)
  • Toolchains + PDK installation and maintenance, including design flow with Cliosoft SoS (License Management with Europractice).
  • Design Flow automation using TCL Domain Specific Language
  • Embedded System and Software design
  • Embedded System Development: Hardware Design (PCB with Eagle and Altium) and Embedded Software Stack on Standard Microcontroller Targets (TI, Microchip, NXP…).
  • System Linux Development (Kernel Building, Kernel Module Programming)
  • Java/Scala/JS based Full Stack Web Development (J2EE, Rest, XML-RPC)
  • Domain Specific Language design in TCL and Java/Scala

Printed Electronics

  • Printing of Functional Fluids using Screen Printing technology (Multi-layer Circuit tracks, Pressure Sensor, Capacitive Touch Fields, Primary and Secondary Batteries)
  • End-to-End design and printing on flat-bed in a production environment (Screen Preparation, Printing Technician assistance, Post-Processing)
  • Software-Assisted Design and PrePress using SVG Open Standards and Open Source Toolchains

General IT/DevOps

  • System administration and maintenance under Linux (Puppet)
  • CI/CD Pipeline using GIT, Jenkins and Container based deployment (Docker)
  • Open Source Workflows (http://github.com/richnou)