OE-A elects new international Board of Directors

07.04.2017 | id:446764

New OE-A Board to represent the entire international value chain of organic and printed electronics.

The members of the OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association), a working group within VDMA, reappointed Dr. Jeremy Burroughes, CTO of CDT Ltd. and Sumitomo Chemical Fellow, as the Chairman of the Board of Directors during the annual General Assembly in Munich, Germany. Jaap Lombaers, Holst Centre and Stan Farnsworth, NovaCentrix Corp. are confirmed in their positions as Vice Chairman Europe and North America respectively. Dr. Xiaolin Yan, Guangdong JUHUA Printing has been elected as the new Vice Chairman Asia.

Chairman
Dr. Jeremy Burroughes, CDT Ltd, Great Britain  

Vice Chairman Asia
Dr. Xiaolin Yan, Guangdong JUHUA Printing, China

Vice Chairman Europe
Jaap Lombaers, Holst Centre, Netherlands

Vice Chairman North America
Stan Farnsworth, NovaCentrix Corp., USA

Additional members of the board

  • Dr. Peter Fischer, Thin Film Electronics ASA, Norway
  • Dr. Mark James, Merck Chemicals Ltd., Great Britain  
  • Prof. Toshihide Kamata, AIST, Japan
  • Dr. Stephan Kirchmeyer, COPT.Center, Germany
  • Thomas Kolbusch, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH, Germany
  • Dr. Arto Maaninen, VTT – Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland
  • Dr. Giovanni Nisato, CSEM SA, Switzerland
  • Dr. Nina Riegel, Osram OLED GmbH, Germany
  • Thibaud Le Séguillon, Heliatek GmbH, Germany

On behalf of OE-A, Dr. Jeremy Burroughes expressed his gratitude to both Markus Bamberger, Merck and Prof. Reinhard Baumann, Fraunhofer ENAS/TU Chemnitz, for their countless services to the organization. After two respective twelve year periods as Board members, they have decided to no longer run as candidates. “Prof. Baumann has been a member of the Board since its founding and has earned great recognition for his international collaboration between universities and the industry. He has also been a strong and essential proponent of enhancing education to support the members future activities and employment needs”, says Dr. Burroughes.

He equally acknowledged Prof. Toshihide Kamata, AIST for his five years of dedicated work as Vice Chairman Asia. “Prof. Kamata significantly strengthened OE-A’s position in Asia and initiated numerous types of cooperation. With this, he provided important impetus for the continuing internationalization of the organization. We are delighted that he will remain on the Board and look forward to his continued support of the OE-A membership in Asia and the rest of the world”, says Dr. Burroughes.

“Printed electronics has already been applied in various sectors, ranging from the automotive industry to consumer electronics”, explains OE-A Chairman Dr. Burroughes. “OE-A will continue to actively support our industry in its ongoing commercialization. One key point of focus: Continuous education of the potential of the OE-A membership technologies with end-user industries as well as promoting collaboration between OE-A members and the wider industry. This is clearly reflected in the composition of the new Board of Directors”. Moreover, the role of the OE-A as association with a European focus, needs to be internationally strengthened. In North America and Asia cooperation with regional associations will be expanded.

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Verstraelen, Sophie Isabel
Verstraelen, Sophie Isabel