Printed electronics at productronica 2017: LOPEC and OE-A presented new insights on the latest technology

24.11.2017 | id:534835
Printed electronics is already driving innovation across many industries. The possibilities opened up by printed electronics for electronic manufacturers was also a topic at the Innovation Forum of productronica, the world’s leading trade fair for electronics development and production. Visitors were furthermore able to examine specific products more closely at the booth of the OE-A.
 
What possibilities does printed electronics offer to electronics manufacturers? What applications and technologies are already on the market? The answers to such questions were given by top-class international experts from industry and research at productronica, held from November 14 to 17, 2017 on the grounds of Messe München. At the Innovation Forum in Hall B2, two afternoons were devoted to printed electronics. The forum’s focus on “Printed Electronics Insights” was organized by the OE-A. On November 15, the lecture series focused on ‘Advancing Wearables’. On November 16, the topic was ‘Applications and New Developments’. These seminars were free for visitors of productronica. 
 
The OE-A also had an exhibition booth (B2.457) where some real printed electronics products and prototypes were demonstrated. Here visitors also informed themselves about the LOPEC conference and exhibition. For productronica visitors this provided an exciting taster for the upcoming LOPEC, which will be held for the tenth time from March 13 to 15, 2018 at ICM - International Congress Center München.
 
The seminar series “Printed Electronics Insights”
In these lectures, OE-A members from industry and research demonstrated the possibilities of printed electronics: For example, Dr. Jeremy Burroughes, OE-A Chairman and CTO of Cambridge Display Technology Ltd., introduced a novel technology for printed OLEDs that significantly reduces production costs compared to conventional manufacturing. This is a major development, because cost-effective production processes are vital for price-sensitive markets such as smart cards and white goods. Jaap Lombaers, Innovation Director of Holst Centre, showed how printed electronics can be applied to enable smart functions to any surface of any shape. Lombaers illustrated these applications with examples from important industry sectors such as automotive, IoT and wearable electronics. Dr Martin Busch, Sales Manager at Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH, offered insights into the latest developments in “Printed Electronics and Printed Sensors Manufacturing”, while Dr. Mark James, R&D Director at Merck Chemicals, highlighted the benefits of organic semiconductor materials. 
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At the same time as productronica: the World Manufacturers Forum 2017
Alongside productronica, the World Manufacturers Forum took place on November 14 and 15 at ICM - International Congress Center München. This two-day event was hosted by the WFSGI (World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry). Dr. Klaus Hecker, Managing Director of the OE-A, gave a keynote speech in the Forum on November 15: ‘Printed Electronics: Endurance, Resistance, Score!’ He introduced the advantages and possible uses of printed electronics in the sports sector. 
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Verstraelen, Sophie Isabel
Verstraelen, Sophie Isabel