"Several electronics manufacturers and research institutes in Europe have joined forces in a European Union-funded project aimed at developing low-cost, polymer-based electronic circuits.

The project, called PolyApply, will focus on developing plastic chips for RFID applications, said Richard Stockdill, a spokesman for STMicroelectronics which is leading the project.

The partners include Acreo, Infineon Technologies, Siemens and Philips Electronics.