The impact of the coronavirus on the industry has reached new levels (photo: @amrothman – pixabay.com)


Exhibitions / Events

The news came Friday in the late afternoon: “Due to the increasing spread of COVID19 in Europe and based on the recommendation of the Bavarian State Government for trade fairs, Messe München feels compelled to cancel LOPEC in responsibility for the health of exhibitors and visitors,” stated a tweet by the organisers of the leading event for organic and printed electronics, which was scheduled to take place from 24-26 March.

 
Intel’s Preferred Quality Supplier Award (photo: Intel)


Companies / Markets

Brewer Science (Rolla, Missouri) has been recognised by Intel as a recipient of a 2019 Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) Award. The PQS Award honours companies that Intel believes have relentlessly pursued excellence and conducted business with resolute professionalism.

 
Smartrac is now part of Avery Dennison (photo: Avery Dennison)


Companies / Markets

On 2 March 2020, Avery Dennison (Glendale, California) announced the completion of the acquisition of Smartrac’s transponder business, for the purchase price of €225M, subject to customary adjustments.

 
cyBlueBooster – CYNORA’s fluorescent blue emitter in OLED devices (photo: Dr Harald Flügge, CYNORA GmbH)


Products

CYNORA (Bruchsal, Germany) debuted its first commercial product, a fluorescent blue emitter that promises to significantly improve the efficiency of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) displays used in mobile phones, laptops, TVs, and other applications. The company is an emerging OLED materials leader.  The product, known as the cyBlueBooster, employs an advanced molecular design and is >15 percent more efficient than comparative emitters. It can be easily integrated into existing OLED stacks and is available in multiple shades of blue for application customisation. The product aims to help display manufacturers immediately harness untapped efficiencies in the emission layer of their OLED devices.

 
Mock-up of an ingestible pill with prototype transceiver (photo: imec)


Products

Imec (Leuven, Belgium), a leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, presented the first mm-scale wireless transceiver for smart insertable pills. It is a first breakthrough in imec’s aspiration to realise autonomous ingestible sensors that can measure health parameters such as gut health and transmit in real time the data outside the body.