The “9th Workshop on Flexible & Printed Electronics Industry (Targeting the Digital Transformation)” – the leading event in the cutting-edge technologies of Flexible & Printed Electronics (FPEs), with a market share of more than 100 billion euro – concluded with great success and eagerness for collaborations by industrial entities which will make use of the innovations, applications and solutions generated by FPEs.
The 9th Workshop took place on 22nd October 2018 at the Divani Caravel Hotel in Athens, Greece, and was co-organized by the Nanotechnology Lab LTFN of the AUTh (an internationally acclaimed pioneer in the Organic & Printed Electronics’ research and commercialization) and the Hellenic Organic & Printed Electronics Association (HOPE-A) (holding a worldwide network of more than 1500 industrial entities active in FPEs). The Workshop was, also, supported by the Association of the Greek Manufacturers of Packaging & Materials (AGMPM) and the Hellenic Photonics Cluster (H-Phos Cluster).
The Workshop brought together more than 50 companies and 120 top Stakeholders from Greece and from abroad representing a wide range of fields to which FPEs provide added value and groundbreaking applications, i.e. Energy,Lighting, Electronics, the Automotive Industry and Transports, Intelligent Packaging, Smart Textiles, Healthcare, Sensors and Biosensors, Wearablesand IoT.
Through 25 inspiring talks, internationally acknowledged scientists and engineers from the Industry and Research emphasized how state-of-the-art technologies generated in Greece and their applications need to be exploited by the Industry and Manufacturing sectors as soon as possible. Key industrial players presented how FPEs could be integrated in new and promising applications. Business Associations and Cluster coordinators outlined their activities and plan of action in FPEs and in coordinating industrial players with the scope to grab the chance lying ahead and create joint ventures and commercialization opportunities. Moreover, representatives from Venture Capital firms, Greek Banks and the European Commission informed the attendees on funding tools there are to support their R&D&I plans.
The Greek national authorities showed their actual support to the Workshop’s goals and FPEs’ financial potential. The Dep. Minister of Environment & Energy, Mr. S. Famellos, and the Director of the Office of the Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications & Media, Mr. P. Skoutas, greeted the event highlighting the significance FPEs and their exploitation carries for the country’s economy and position in the new digital era.
The Workshop was brought to an end with the Competition and Awards Session, where Start-Ups and SMEs pitched their business and the ones with the most well-structured plan on FPEs were subsequently awarded, i.e. Nanotypos, BL Nanobiomed and Prisma Electronics. HOPE-A is at the forefront of promoting the Flexible Organic & Printed Electronics sector, bringing its members to the international arena with the view to boost innovation globally and the country’s economy.
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On behalf of the Organizing Committee.