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The world of printed electronics

Chris Clare, Event Director, Printed Electronics USA and Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx discuss the ins and outs of upcoming Printed Electronics USA

What are the main trends governing printed electronics in the USA this year? Raghu Das: The printed electronics industry has been quietly refocusing over the last few years, with players seeking specific opportunities where the technology adds strong value for the application. That has been as niche as utilizing inkjet printing as a small part of the process of producing etched circuit boards, replacing five process steps with one and reducing material consumption and the time to change circuit designs to creating new industries based on platforms such as In-Mold Electronics where there is clear added value over incumbent processes. Of course, fundamental research is still ongoing across many fronts, but the order of the day is identifying specific needs and opportunities.

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