New visions and creative concepts in the area of organic and printed electronics are what the OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association), a working group within VDMA, aims to promote in its annual OE-A Competition. Once again this year, there were numerous submissions coming from all corners of the world. The four best submissions were awarded at LOPEC 2017 – the international trade fair and conference for printed electronics – in Munich, Germany.
Innovative concepts illustrating the various possibilities for application of organic and printed electronics are recognized with the competition awards. It is intended to open up new perspectives to end-user industries as well. “We received remarkably interesting demonstrators in the sectors packaging, wearables, smart buildings, as well as consumer electronics”, says OE-A Chairman, CTO of CDT UK and Sumitomo Chemical Fellow, Dr. Jeremy Burroughes. “In comparison to the previous years, the resulting projects have again increased in professionalism“. This also reflects the maturity of the industry.
28 projects were submitted from 12 countries.
The jury, fromed by OE-A members, consists out of the following printed electronics experts:
- Dr. Martin Krebs, Varta
- Dr. Wolfgang Clemens, PolyIC
- Prof. Dr. Ulrich Moosheimer, Hochschule München
- Dr. Sébastien Cochet, Evonik
- Sebastian Gepp, Schreiner Group
- Sandy Gunn, CPI
- Dr. Jukka Hast, VTT
- Heike Pfistner, BASF New Business
- Wolfgang Schmidt, Felix Schoeller
- Dr. Gordon Smith, GSI Technologies
- Corinne Versini, Genes'Ink
- Dr. Carsten Winnewisser, Samsung SAIT
The jury has rated each project in a secret vote in five categories. Members of the jury were able to give one up to five points in each category.
- Realization of demonstrator
- Degree of innovation
- Attractiveness of product
- Added value by printed electronics
- Attractiveness of target market
Public Choice Award
All visitors of LOPEC were able to vote for their favorite demonstrator. All projects were on display at the OE-A booth.