Calf guards from ANTELOPE will be showcased at the IDTechExShow! in Berlin (photo: ANTELOPE)

Winners of IDTechEx Launchpad announced


Exhibitions / Events

With its Launchpad initiative, the business intelligence and market research company IDTechEx aims to help the best emerging technologies get international exposure to technology scouts and product managers from large corporations across many industries. The IDTechEx Launchpad winners come from early-stage start-ups, universities, newly spun-out companies, and research labs or government labs. The winners have been chosen from all those that apply on the merit of their technology and all will be showing a working prototype or product at the IDTechEx Show at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin on 10-11 May 2017.

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LOPEC 2017 in Munich: Printed electronics are revolutionising vehicle manufacturing


Exhibitions / Events

Printed and organic electronic components give vehicle designers previously unimagined possibilities, enable a higher level of sustainability, and also help to reduce the automotive industry’s manufacturing costs. This is the conclusion reached by this year’s LOPEC Panel Discussion, which took place on 29 March 2017, as part of the international exhibition and conference for printed electronics in Munich, Germany. According to the panellists—Dr Nina Riegel from OSRAM OLED, Dr Giovanni Nisato from CSEM, Armin Senne from ContiTech, and Vincent Sallé from Parlex—printed electronics is on the cusp of entering the mass market.

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VTT's wristband demo (photo: Antti Veijola)

VTT unveils flexible electronic devices with roll-to-roll overmoulding technology


Products

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has, for the first time, performed all manufacturing stages for a flexible in-moulded LED foil in a roll-to-roll process. The purpose of this demo is to prove the suitability of the technique for the highly cost-effective manufacture of products such as flexible LED displays containing printed electronics.

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Expected sales revenue for 2017 and 2018 (source: OE-A)

Organic and printed electronics industry expects an increase of 8% in sales revenue in 2017


Companies / Markets

The signs are still set for growth in the organic and printed electronics industry. This is the clear message to result from the latest business climate survey conducted by the OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association). 80% of survey participants expect the industry to continue its positive development in the coming year. The results of the survey, carried out for the seventh time, were presented by OE-A Chair Dr Jeremy Burroughes to the international press at LOPEC 2017 – the leading international trade fair and conference for organic and printed electronics – in Munich, Germany.

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CPI's world class manufacturing facilities at the National Printable Electronics Centre

CPI enables intelligent tyres that reduce carbon emissions and improve safety


Products

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), the UK’s technology innovation provider for process manufacturing, announced that it is collaborating with Bath University and Silent Sensors to develop a key component for the future of intelligent tyres, using piezoelectric energy harvesting, which converts mechanical motion into electrical energy. This component will be part of the innovative Silent Sensors Tyre Management System (TMS) for vehicles. The technology, which is being funded by Innovate UK, will enable the production of TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems) sensors that can extract energy from the tyre.

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