Printed Electronics USA 2007 Announces Record Attendance
SAN FRANCISCO—IDTechEx announced that the Printed Electronics USA conference and exhibition in San Francisco, Nov. 14-15, is now the world’s largest event on the topic by many parameters. With three weeks until the show, there were more than 45 confirmed exhibitors and more than 400 registered delegates. The conference’s target number of delegates is 500 delegates on opening day.
These numbers were achieved by featuring world-first presentations and focusing on the application of printed electronics. Presentations from such companies as Hasbro and Cubic Transportation Systems have not been presented on such activities before. Delegates include potential users such as Procter & Gamble, Lockheed Martin, BP, Coors Brewing, and Crayola.
New for 2007 will be the “Printed Electronics Products” demonstration area, designed to show the huge range of products which are already in the marketplace. These will include everything from printed displays used already in commercial advertisement posters to commercial e-paper readers from Sony to cosmetic skin patches from Estee Lauder—all powered by printed electronics. Delegates will be able to see what products are already in the market and how developers have achieved success—often by creating new markets.
Investment in this sector is active—with photovoltaics beyond conventional silicon alone accounting for up to 20 percent of all recent ventre capitalist investments in the electronics industry. The optional Printed Electronics Investment Summit pre-conference meeting on November 13 features 15 CEOs, hand picked by IDTechEX, in an open forum with venture capitalists and other strategic investors.
Deep technology analysis is given including the big picture—printed and potentially printed organics and inorganics and not the narrow world of just organics/plastic electronics. For example, significant challenges include improving the yield of printed transistors and devices. This conference addresses topics such as cutting-edge developments with inspection systems for thin film transistor circuits—a necessary, yet rarely addressed challenge. Other topics include precious material supply challenges.