Europe Takes Global Leadership in Printed Electronics
Surprisingly, Europe has been pulling ahead of the rest of the world in many aspects of printed and potentially printed electronics just lately and this will be revealed by the following organisations and others at the forthcoming conference Printed Electronics Europe April 17-18 at Cambridge University UK, (www.idtechex.com/peEurope). Remarkable advances from Korea, Japan and the US will also be presented.
Europe gets into production first
In 2007, Nanoident opened the world’s first printed semiconductor factory in Austria, making photodetector arrays initially. Plastic Logic of the UK raised $100 million to build the world’s first factory making displays with printed organic transistor backplanes. It will be in Dresden, Germany, the city where AMD develops thin film memory technology, having registered more patents on the subject than any other company. Thin Film Electronics of Sweden is another global leader in developing printed memory. PolyIC of Germany is selling the first printed transistor organic RFID labels and Professor Song of Manchester University has set a world record in highest frequency printed transistors, with a spin-off to sell them. European companies’ elumin8 and Pelikon are among those leading the commercialisation of electroluminescent displays. ACREO and Menippos in Europe are among the global leaders in printing electronics on paper.
The first trade association and leading initiatives
It is in Germany that the world’s first trade association for organic electronics has been set up. The Organic Electronics Association (OE-A) is an information and communication platform and represents the whole process chain in organic electronics. Its members are international leading companies and institutions, ranging from R&D institutes, component and material suppliers, equipment and tool suppliers to producers / system integrators and end-users. More than 65 companies from Europe and the US work together to promote the establishment of a competitive production infrastructure for organic electronics. The vision of OE-A is to build a bridge between science, technology and application. Nearly 3,000 member companies from the engineering industry make its parent, VDMA, the largest industry association in Europe.