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Flexible and printed electronics on display at CES 2018

14th December 2017
Alice Matthews


You can find products based on organic and printed electronics in numerous industry sectors, from automotive, consumer electronics and household appliances to packaging and healthcare. Consumer electronics is currently the largest industry in which this technology is being applied. 

This technology can be found in e-readers, smartphones and tablets, and it is used to turn clothing and accessories into intelligent wearables, as well as making the operation of automobiles and many devices easier through the use of touch sensors.

Diverse range of printed electronics applications showcased at CES 2018
Smart windows and lights for the house of tomorrow, OLED rear lights, sensors and displays which are seamlessly integrated into the dashboard, packaging which lights up or communicates with its consumers or intelligent patches with sensors for medical applications: These are just a few of the many applications which will be showcased at the OE-A pavilion 'Flexible and Printed Electronics'.

The OE-A (a working group within VDMA) will present the topic of printed electronics at one of the world’s largest consumer electronics trade fairs, CES 2018 in Las Vegas. From 9th to 12th January 2018, the OE-A and its members will have a pavilion at CES at Tech West, Sands Expo, Level 2, halls A-D, booth 40937.

Together with CDT; Coatema Coating Machinery; NovaCentrix; VTT; Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany; and InnovationLab, the OE-A will present the full range of technologies, applications and products of printed electronics. The company will invite end users and suppliers to visit and to discuss how they can work more closely in future.

“CES is the ideal platform to inform the manufacturers of consumer electronics about the latest possibilities of organic and printed electronics,” said Dr. Klaus Hecker, OE-A Managing Director. “The rapidly increasing digitalisation of our daily lives, the Internet of Things, either at home with personal items, such as clothing or cars, or in professional life at the office or in production, opens up numerous new application possibilities for flexible and printed electronics.”

Organic and printed electronics complements conventional electronics
Thin, light-weight, flexible and robust: organic and printed electronics represent a revolutionary new type of electronics. This technology provides the answer to developing a great number of electronic components in cost-effective processes, thereby enabling mass production. By integrating these electronics in objects used in everyday life, new application areas are constantly being created.

In contrast to silicon electronics, printed electronics allow for an abundance of potential new applications due to their flexibility. And the application areas of printed electronics will only become more diverse, as single components become more and more efficient.

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