From rollable displays to ultra-thin solar cells and smart shirts: Printed electronics is considered an innovation driver in a wide range of industries. This year, due to the Corona pandemic, the leading industry event will be held digitally from March 23 to 25. The popular mix of plenary lectures and sessions in the three modules Business, Technical and Scientific Conference, however, will remain unchanged. Furthermore, the Short Courses and Poster Sessions will, once again, provide in-depth and compact information on the multi-faceted topics of printed electronics, on new products and ideas.
With Google and TCL, two digital ‘big players’ are participating in the extensive conference program, which includes 180 presentations over three days. While TCL will present the technical features of its inkjet-printed rollable OLED TV screen in the Plenary Session on March 24, Google will explore the question of how durable flexible displays are, one day later, also in the Plenary Session.
In addition to the major industry players, startups and research institutes are instrumental in shaping the LOPEC Conference. For example, Professor John Rogers of Northwestern University in the U.S. and Esmeralda Megally, founder of the Swiss startup Xsensio, will address printed electronics in health monitoring. The presentations on sensor chips, monitoring patches and more will be held on March 25.
The trend topic of ‘wearable electronics’ will be a recurring theme in the Conference program. In the session “Smart Textiles” on March 25, for example, Dutch fashion technologist Marina Toeters, founder of by-wire.net, will present garments with integrated sensors and actuators that sense and respond to environmental stimuli. Which functionalities can be added to crystals through printed electronics will be presented by the Austrian jewelry manufacturer Swarovski on the first day of the digital edition of the LOPEC Conference.
A special offer this year: the opening presentation on the second day of the Conference (March 24) will also be open to participants of the online exhibition free of charge. Stan Farnsworth, Chief Marketing Officer of the US company NovaCentrix, will provide an outlook for the industry with “Moving forward in uncertain times: innovation is more important than ever.”
This year's Conference will once again provide plenty of inspiration for new products. In addition to further application examples, including examples from the automotive and energy sectors, technical innovations such as biocompatible materials, 3D printing processes and other manufacturing processes will be on the agenda. All presentations will take place live and will be broadcast in three parallel streams. Conference participants can access all presentations on the platform of Messe München for a period of six weeks following the end of the event.