OE-A Roadmap

OE-A Roadmap for Organic and Printed Electronics

The OE-A Roadmap for Organic and Pinted Electronics (OPE) is a key activity of the OE-A. Printed electronics is based on the combination of a new class of materials and large-area, high-volume deposition and patterning techniques. It has establisehd itself as a growth industry. This growth is driven by a steadily increasing interest in and the establishment of OPE in important industrial sectors, such as automotive, consumer electronics, healthcare / well-being, smart buildings, printing & packaging, as well as the Internet of Things (IoT). Published at LOPEC 2017, the 7th edition of the OE-A Roadmap describes the progress OPE has made in recent years and takes a look into the future.

White Paper 2017 – OE-A Roadmap for Organic and Printed Electronics, 7th Edition
For the OE-A Roadmap, experts came together in several meetings to discuss the current state as well as forecasts for the industry. They formed teams in five application clusters and three technology groups, developing roadmaps for their respective field.

The resulting OE-A Roadmap for Organic and Printed Electronics is a synthesis of these results representing common perspectives of the group. 
The OE-A Roadmap White Paper, 7th edition, presents the major findings of the OE-A’s Organic and Printed Electronics Roadmap, based on work done since the 6th edition of the roadmap was completed in 2015. 


Printed Electronics in Major Industry Sectors





















Organic and printed electronics (OPE) solutions are finding their way into major industry sectors.  This shows the growing maturity of OPE. Some solutions are already commercial on a significant scale, e.g. smart labels. We see a move from the "technology push" of former years to an actual "market pull". Also, many OPE applications will involve hybrid systems, integrating printed with silicon electronics.


OE-A Roadmap Overview

Individual roadmaps were developed for each application field and are discussed in the main section of the white paper. In addition, an overall roadmap for organic and printed electronics was developed and is presented in a graphic summary.

Key Trends
- OLED displays continue to be the biggest success story of OPE and dominate the OPE market, and are not only available in smart phones but also as large-screen TVs
- Major industry sectors are embracing OPE more than ever, and the number of OPE-enabled products in these sectors is increasing
- Patterning processes are scaling to smaller dimensions and improved registration
- There is a trend from flexible / bendable to stretchable products
- Integration of printed and silicon-based components to make hybrid systems has become a key paradigm for the development and manufacture of OPE products
- NFC-enabled smart labels based on OPE are now on the market in the area of smart packaging and brand enhancement
- The industry is becoming more mature.
- Realistic growth continues, and significant revenues and products are appearing in more and more application areas.

Key Challenges
Reflecting the growing maturity and market orientation of printed electronics, all key challenges ("Red Brick Walls") are focused on production: 

- Cost
- Processes
- Encapsulation
- Scalability
- Inspection / yield
- Standards & regulations


OE-A Roadmap Application Clusters

In the applications section, the OE-A roadmap teams have updated the report on current markets and forecast for the market entry on larger scales for the application clusters, as well as reviewed the application appearance of additional products. The OE-A has also re-examined the key application and technology parameters and principal challenges seen for further development of organic and printed electronics. In the technology section, the OE-A takes account of recent progress in new materials and improved processes and includes updated discussions of materials development, including graphene, and of patterning and deposition processes.


Source of the image: pixelio/digiflex

Download OE-A Roadmap, 7th Edition

OE-A Members
The 7th edition of the White Paper `OE-A Roadmap for Organic and Printed Electronics’, counting over 100 pages, is available for download (free of charge) for OE-A members in the member area "my.oe-a" (you need to be logged in).

The White Paper is for sale, in PDF and in hard copy, for non-members and can be purchased in our online shop (available in September 2017). The OE-A Brochure including the summary of the 7th Edition of the Roadmap is available for download (free of charge).

Source of the image: pixelio / digiflex

Next OE-A Roadmap

Current OE-A Roadmap cycle

The 7th edition of the OE-A Roadmap is was published at LOPEC 2017 in Munich (DE). We are already preparing for the next edition. Discussions on structuring the 8th edition of the OE-A Roadmap will start in October 2017 at the OE-A Working Group Meeting in Cambridge (UK).

Get Involved

The OE-A Roadmap for organic and printed electronics has become widely recognized by industry, government agencies, and scientists as an important tool for defining the "state of the art" in organic and printed electronics.
We are always looking for new experts who would like to contribute to the further development and next version of the OE-A Roadmap. As active member of the project groups you can meet other experts along the entire value chain and take part in the exchange of latest technologies.

If you are interested in getting involved with the OE-A Roadmap project or if you require more information, please contact Dr. Robert Lindner, robert.lindner@oe-a.org