Fruitful discussions and networking at the 39th OE-A Working Group Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany
Well over 100 OE-A members gathered in Frankfurt, Germany on October 11-12, 2016 to discuss the development in the Organic and Printed Electronics industry as well as to exchange latest visions and work on new strategies. Hosted by OE-A member Clariant, the 39th OE-A Working Group Meeting focused on the topic “Sustainability of Printed Electronics – Materials & Beyond”.
During these two days, the various OE-A Working Groups came together to report on the progress and to actively work on the next steps to be taken. Furthermore, new OE-A members introduced themselves, various interesting presentations were given such as “Printed Electronics for Automotive Applications” by Continental, “Sustainability in the Chemical Industry” by Clariant and “Environmental Impact of OPV” by Merck, as well as updates on LOPEC 2017 were provided.
During the OE-A Roadmap breakout sessions, the various Roadmap groups – ranging from OLED Lighting, Flexible & OLED Displays, OPV, Electronics & Components and Integrated Smart Systems to materials, substrates and patterning processes – joined forces to lead the discussions and findings into concrete conclusions for the 7th Edition of the OE-A Roadmap, which will be launched next year.
Launch of Sustainability Working Group
One of the highlights of this meeting was the launch of the OE-A Working Group Sustainability. The OE-A believes that sustainability is an increasingly important topic, also in the Organic and Printed Electronics Industry. The mission of the OE-A Working Group Sustainability is “to identify and fully understand the sustainability benefits of organic and printed electronics technology, emphasizing its contribution to a sustainable future in an open dialogue with key stakeholders, the markets, regulators and wider society”.
After Clariant’s company tour on the first day, the participants of the OE-A Working Group enjoyed a city tour through Frankfurt where they could taste the local apple cider. The networking dinner afterwards took place in an old train depot and brought interesting discussions.
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