Schreiner Prints New Electronic Products
Schreiner Group in Germany has made a great success of ac electroluminescent lighting and displays, screen printed with inorganic compounds.
This Euro 100 million company with over 600 employees is now moving strongly into printed functional electronics, creating growth beyond its roots in static printing, traditional embossed seals, instruction booklets and labels. After all, printing electronics gives it the next generation of such things plus many new and exciting markets.
The next steps were described by Christian Schreiner President of Schreiner VarioLight at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe conference in Dresden as such things as printed antennas, sensors and heaters. Schreiner is also involved in the EU-funded research project CombOLED.
The basic essentials for printed electronics as seen by Schreiner are:
• Electronics expertise
• Experience with functional inks
• Clean room environment
• Printing know-how
Schreiner feels that a mid sized company has many options such as development based on customer ideas, application-related projects with duplication potential, development of partnerships and networks for joint development projects, collaboration with universities (no in house basic research), generation of added value through integration of its products and both short- and mid-term realization of products.
By Dr Peter Harrop