Thin – lightweight – flexible: Printed Electronics enabling “electronics everywhere”
Printed and flexible electronics have experienced a tremendous evolution in the last decades from proof-of-concept devices in research labs to end-user applications in nearly all major market sectors, e.g. automotive, healthcare, wearables and consumer electronics. This is also corroborated by the growing market numbers, showing the shift from technology push to an increasing market pull. This wide range makes it complex and sometimes difficult to track and interpret the progress. Every two years top global companies and technological leaders alike, coordinated by the OE-A, build up a common vision of the coming goals and challenges in this emerging industry. In this presentation we will give an overview on applications and technologies covered by the OE-A Roadmap. We report on status of available products as well as giving a medium and long-term outlook for the different application areas, including: OLED lighting, flexible displays, organic photovoltaics and smart and hybrid systems as well as for the manufacturing technologies and materials needed. In addition, an overview on the international network and activities of the OE-A will be given.
Klaus Hecker is Managing Director of the OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association) at VDMA, the leading international industry association for printed electronics with more 230 members worldwide, representing the entire value chain. He is also responsible for LOPEC – international exhibition and conference for Organic and printed electronics. Klaus joined VDMA in Frankfurt Germany, in 2003 as project manager for the planning of an OLED-pilot-production, where he was responsible for technology evaluation, research planning and public funding. Before his affiliation with VDMA, Klaus Hecker worked at the Institute of Microtechnology Mainz GmbH (IMM), responsible for the flat panel display projects. He received his doctorate degree in solid state physics from the University of Cologne.
The OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association) was founded in December 2004 and is the leading international industry association for organic and printed electronics. It represents the entire value chain of this emerging industry. Our members are world-class global companies and institutions, ranging from Component & Material Suppliers, Equipment & Tool Suppliers, Producers / System Integrators, End-users and R&D Institutes / Universities.
Well over 200 members from Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Africa and Oceania are working together to promote the establishment of a competitive production infrastructure for organic and printed electronics. The vision of the OE-A is to build a bridge between science, technology and application. The OE-A is a working group within VDMA.