Cross industry initiative: Sporting goods industry meets printed electronics
The OE-A brought printed electronics to the world's largest international multi-segment exhibition for the sports industry: ISPO.
On February 7, the OE-A organized the seminar "Printed Electronics in Textiles: Interactive, Flexible, Smart" as part of the ISPO Textrends Conferences in Munich, Germany. During this seminar the OE-A discussed the various application possibilities of organic and printed electronics in textiles. From printed electronics for eHealth to hybrid electronics for wearables, the OE-A members Holst Centre, COPT Center and CSEM informed the broad audience what is already possible and what will be in the (near) future. This technology can make textiles – and thus also sports clothing – smarter, more interactive and flexible. Printed electronics provides the textile industry with new inspiration and enables the development of new products that were first unthinkable.
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In order to connect the printed electronics industry with the end-users, LOPEC and ISPO (both organized by Messe München and partners) joined forces, and together with the OE-A lead a round tour through the exhibition halls. This cross industry initiative aimed to bringing the sporting goods industry together with the printed electronics one. The group of printed electronics experts talked with representatives of, among others, Helly Hansen, Mammut, Leki, YKK and Deuter. The expedition parka by Helly Hansen – winner of the ISPO Award 2017/2018 – is a great example of a product in which printed electronics has already been applied. In this jacket electroluminescent stripes are integrated as a safety feature.
Both industries were very enthusiastic about the information exchange and the networking opportunities. It is therefore expected that the printed electronics technology will be more and more integrated into sports articles.
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