Lopec 2017: Printed Electronics Reach New Dimensions
From March 28 to 30, 2017, Lopec proved in Munich, Germany, that the interest in printed electronics continues to grow. The ninth edition of the international exhibition for printed electronics set new records across the board, while also showcasing numerous world-firsts. Concurrently, the Lopec Conference impressed with a top-class, highly international line-up, featuring speakers from Samsung and the European Commission.
More than 2500 participants from 47 countries came to Munich for the three days of the event, which equates to an increase of 20 % compared to the previous year. 54 % of the participants came from abroad, with the best-represented visitor countries after Germany being the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The event also played host for the first time to a 40-strong delegation from China. Lopec 2017 broke new ground in terms of exhibitors and floor space, too, with 154 exhibitors from 17 countries representing an increase of four percent compared to last year's event. In fact, this year’s exhibition was also eight percent larger in terms of space: It was fully booked down to the last stand, with numerous series products on display alongside prototypes.
Henri Rajbenbach, Project Officer and Senior Expert at the European Commission, sums up his visit to Lopec: “Platforms like Lopec help to ensure that the European technology sector keeps on innovating and retains its place among the world’s leading.” He continues: “The EU sees large-area electronics as the key technology for the electronics industry. To this end, we will support projects in this sector with an additional 40 to 50 million euro by 2020.”
OLED displays and lighting remain the driving force within the market. Dr. Jeremy Burroughes, Chairman of the OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association), CTO at Cambridge Display Technology and Sumitomo Chemical Fellow, explains: “Lopec clearly shows what the new OE-A Roadmap has revealed: The major industries, such as the consumer electronics and the automotive sector, are already integrating the technology into their products. This demonstrates the strong impetus for incorporation of our technologies into new application spaces.”
The Lopec Conference is always an integral part of the event. Over three days, 182 expert speakers from the industry and research sectors presented the latest trends in printed electronics. Wolfgang Mildner, General Chair of Lopec, says: “The main focus of the conference has definitely shifted in the direction of applications. The program featured numerous talks from representatives of leading global corporations, who shared their success stories and past experiences with printed electronics."
The next Lopec will take place in Munich, Germany from March 13 to 15, 2018.
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