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Three Hot Trends in Printed and Flexible Electronics

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Printed Electronics Europe

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Printed electronics has been in development for over fifteen years. After the initial enthusiasm, broad exploration and learnings from failures the industry enters 2017 with a strong focus on several key themes. These feature as some of the highlights at the key conference and exhibition for the industry - Printed Electronics Europe, which will be held in Berlin on May 10-11 2017 (, featuring over 225 speakers and over 200 exhibitors. The event is hosted by IDTechEx, the impartial technology scouting and analyst firm that brings the most relevant topics together for you at one event.

In this article IDTechEx lists just three of the hottest sectors in printed electronics:  

1. Flexibility is a stronger driver than cost reduction

Many set out in printed electronics with the expectation that they can make cheaper devices using the technology, due to the lower manufacturing cost and (potentially) lower material cost. In reality, in the short term R&D efforts require pharmaceutical-like pricing to recoup initial investment in new materials and equipment. The performance is also varied - in some areas the technology outperforms the incumbent technology, such as evaporated OLEDs versus LCDs, in other areas that is not the case such as printed transistors. Generally speaking, today printed electronics can offer more performance for more money or same performance for more money.


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