Thin, light, flexible, and inexpensive plastic electronics are the focus of the Plastic Electronics Conference & Showcase 2005, which will be held October 4 and 5 in Hall 4 at Messe Frankfurt. The international forum and marketplace should attract companies and research institutes active in the field of electrically conductive polymer research and application development.
The international conference programme offers more than 70 presentations by renowned speakers from industry and science who will be introducing the latest developments in organic electronics. Panel discussions with market analysts and representatives from venture capital companies will round out the programme.
Companies such as Bayer, Dai Nippon Printing, Dupont Teijin, MAN Roland, Merck, Nokia, Osram, Plastic Logic, PolyIC, Philips, Siemens, and Xerox will take part in the conference. Additionally, seven symposia will focus on specific aspects of organic electronics research areas, including flexible displays; lighting and signage; photovoltaics; sensors; printed electronics and smart packaging; hybrid systems; and smart textiles.
At the accompanying showcase, a place for information exchange between developers, manufacturers, and users, visitors will be able to receive information about the status of this young technology and rapidly growing new industry and to establish contacts with experts in this sector. The showcase will allow exhibitors to position themselves as first movers in this growth market, where the first products are expected to be introduced in 2006.
Billed as an event “where science and industry meet,” the “Plastic Electronics Conference & Showcase 2005” was initiated by the Plastic Electronics Foundation and is being organized by that group in cooperation with the Organic Electronics Association (OEA) of the German engineering federation VDMA.
The “Plastic Electronics Conference & Showcase” The foundation has set up a science board and an industry board to coordinate the conference programme and select topics. Members are from well-known research institutes, universities, and companies.
OEA, a working group within VDMA, is the information and communication platform for companies and research institutes active in organic electronics. Its goal is to create the basic conditions necessary for the establishment of a competitive infrastructure for organic electronics in Germany and Europe.