New Direction for Printed Electronics in 2008
The money spent on printed and potentially printed electronics doubled in 2007, as did the number of organizations participating. There are now about 1500 organizations doing significant work, most of them being academic. In 2008, there will be much more emphasis on commercialisation and many more countries will join the fray.
New breakthroughs for European conference
The leading European conference on printed electronics, the IDTechEx “Printed Electronics Europe” is part of the only global set of conferences on the subject in Japan, China, the USA and Europe. This year it moves from one centre of excellence Cambridge to another, Dresden in Germany. Once again, there will be many visits to best-in-class local facilities to bring the subject alive. The move to commercialisation will be reflected in many presentations, including Richard Kirk - who grew the printed electroluminescent display business elumin8 very rapidly by new applications - talking on how to make money out of printed electronics. Hasbro will describe the relevant needs of a leading toy manufacturer.
Many product launches
Stora Enso will cover packaging applications for interactivity, monitoring and information transfer. Samsung will talk about commercializing its new active matrix e-paper which employs a printed transistor array and Schreiner will describe its journey from electroluminescence to printed electronics. Flexible e-paper is a hot topic with Sensible Solutions demonstrating a version that talks to you and Polymer Vision describing commercialisation of its type of e-paper through Telecom Italia. Then there is the blisterpack laminate that records which pill you took when, thanks to Compliers Group. Another newcomer, Prelonic Technologies of Austria, has integrated paper batteries and displays that will be rapidly commercialized in basic form then improved. The focus described by Motorola will be printed electronics for wireless application and services whereas Konarka will show where organic photovoltaics is appearing and why.