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VOLUME -23 NUMBER 3
Publication Date: 03/1/2008
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Printed Electronics Focuses in Dresden
Dresden, Germany — The world's largest conference on printed electronics, "Printed Electronics Europe" is scheduled for Dresden on April 8-9 at the International Congress Center. Dr. Peter Harrop, Chairman of the conference organizer IDTechEx says, "We pride ourselves on clustering around our conferences a number of visits and co-located events so delegates have a very inspiring and thorough exposure to the subject."
Show organizers have arranged for optional visits to the Technical University of Dresden, The Technical University of Chemnitz, Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems, Heliatek, leader in organic photovoltaics, MicroEmissive Displays selling Organic Light Emitting Diode OLED products and Novaled, a leader in technology for OLEDs. Plastic Logic, which has started building a $100 million factory in Dresden to make flexible electrophoretic displays (think Sony e-reader
as a sheet of paper), will give a presentation. Europe is ahead of the rest of the world in printed sensors. The co-located event this year is the workshop on "Plastic Chemical Sensors" given by the General Olfaction and Sensing Projects at European Level GOSPEL programme backed by the European Commission. A number of other German companies are supporting the event including HC Starck and Merck Chemicals (advanced organic materials), Menippos (printed game cards), PolyIC (printed novelties, anti-counterfeiting and RFID), printed systems GmbH (printed electronics manufacturing), MAN Roland (printing machines), Schreiner Group (printed inorganic lighting and tickets) and the University of Augsberg (materials research). However, this is very much an international event, with presentations from Sony, Chisso, FujiFilm Dimatix and Seiko Epson of Japan, Samsung of Korea and everything from start-ups to giant corporations in Finland, Sweden, Austria, the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the USA, Israel and elsewhere.
Even as printed electronics products start selling in large numbers, the proponents are discovering that this "new electronics" is capable of doing many new things way beyond what the silicon chip can achieve. One example is the biocompatible contact lens that enhances vision. Bionic man and woman are on the way. The potential is huge in healthcare alone. Yet NASA is interested in printed electronics because it is more fault tolerant and others seek smart clothing or Invisible (transparent) electronics. The list of 'magic' is extending every day.
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