OE-A appoints OE-A Fellow and announces winners of the OE-A Competition and LOPEC Start-up Forum

06.04.2017 | id:446061

Special merits, innovative ideas as well as start-up companies were offered a platform at LOPEC 2017 to support the continuous development of the international market for organic and printed electronics.

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.

“The OE-A competition was well-received by both companies and exhibition visitors”, says OE-A Chairman, CTO of CDT UK and Sumitomo Chemical Fellow, Dr. Jeremy Burroughes. “We are particularly pleased, that more products and prototypes from different sectors, ranging from packaging and consumer electronics to automotive and wearables, could be showcased. This reflects the development of this innovative industry”.

The twelve-member jury, consisting of representatives from international companies and institutes rated 28 submissions from 12 countries – a new record – in three categories.  LOPEC attendees also got a vote. At the OE-A booth, where all demonstrators were on display, they were encouraged to choose their favorite demonstrator. The awards were handed out during the LOPEC Dinner to the following winners:

Best Prototype / New Product
Sensor Platform
Schreiner Group (Germany)

Best Freestyle Demonstrator
Thin-Film Full Printed PAD
eurecat & NovaCentrix (Spain & North America)

Best Publicly Funded Project Demonstrator
Integrated X-Ray Sensor System
iFlexis Project (EU)

Public Choice Award
Thin-Film Full Printed PAD
eurecat & NovaCentrix (Spain & North America)

The OE-A Competition 2018 will be launched soon. More information about the OE-A Competition can be found at www.oe-a.org/demonstrator

OE-A Fellow awarded for the first time
For the first time the title of OE-A Fellow was awarded. With this the OE-A recognizes individuals who have made significant, sustained contributions to the field of organic and printed electronics and the OE-A itself. OE-A Fellow 2017 is:

Wolfgang Mildner
CEO & Founder MSWtech und General Chair LOPEC

When Dr Jeremy Burroughes presented the certificate to Wolfgang Mildner he said; “Wolfgang Mildner had played a significant role in the founding of the OE-A and was chairman of the OE-A board of directors for six years. As General Chair for LOPEC since 2009, he has also helped in forming LOPEC and bringing it to today’s leading position. He has made exceptional contributions to the OE-A and LOPEC and we are looking forward to continuing our cooperation”.

OE-A presents two LOPEC Start-up Forum Awards 2017
Young companies are promoted by the OE-A at the LOPEC Business Conference. Many innovative companies are looking for investors to bring their products and ideas to fruition. To continue the development of their technology and marketing strategies, they introduced their companies during the Start-up Forum. “The excellent quality of the presentations in this year's Start-up Forum clearly showed the progress of printed electronics," says Thibaud Le Séguillon, LOPEC Business Conference Chair, OE-A board member and CEO of Heliatek.  A jury consisting of international industry leaders and researchers determined the winners.

Two awards were presented:

Best Business Case
Pylux: Novel polysulphide substrates for flexible electronics
Dr. Apostolos Voutsas, Ares Materials, Inc. (North America)

Most Impactful Technology / Product
NIR photodetectors based on organic semiconductors
Dr. Ronny Timmreck, TU Dresden IAPP / Senorics (Germany)

Based on the great interest in the demonstrators and lectures -- particularly by end-users -- the OE-A will once again hand out awards in the various categories during the next LOPEC, scheduled to take place March 13-15, 2018.  

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