Positive signs for LOPEC 2017
The printed electronics market will continue to grow in the future. The 2016 global revenue for products using printed and organic electronics is estimated at 26.9 billion US dollars. This equates to an annual increase since 2010 of 31.8 percent. And according to the consulting firm Smithers Apex, the market volume is predicted to grow further in coming years, to an estimated 43 billion US dollars by 2020. Good business opportunities await exhibitors at LOPEC 2017, in other words. The global flagship industry event for printed and organic electronics will take place in Munich, Germany, from March 28 to 30, 2017.
The key technology is already being used in a large number of industries—including for interactive medical devices and pharmaceutical packaging in the field of medicine, OLED tail lights in the automotive sector, and displays as well as sensors in consumer electronics. “Interest in printed and organic electronics continues to rise, as does the demand for products and solutions that leverage these technologies,” says Dr. Peter Fischer, Chief Operating Officer at Thin Film Electronics ASA. “Platforms such as LOPEC play a vital role in supporting innovation and fueling business success. Thin Film will be exhibiting again in 2017 and we look forward to strengthening existing relationships and uncovering new opportunities.”
Further, a number of other industry players have already registered for the exhibition, including Bosch Rexroth, Cambridge Display Technology, Coatema, Fujifilm Dimatix, Kroenert, Merck, NovaCentrix, PolyIC, Thieme, Schott and VTT. LOPEC is unique in that in addition to targeting users of this technology of tomorrow it also attracts developers, material manufacturers, and researchers.
The first keynote speakers for the plenary session have already been confirmed. Jean Yves Gomez from ISORG, France, for example, will present applications using optical sensors for medical technology. Sangyon Lee, meanwhile, will focus on current activities at electronics group Samsung, and the use of printed and organic electronics in South Korea, while Jennifer Lin from AUO, Taiwan, will speak about printed transistors for flexible applications, and for displays in particular.