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OE-A at IEEE International Flexible Electronics Technology Conference

From August 8 – 11, 2021, IFETC took place as an online conference. This year OE-A represented the flexible and printed electronics industry by organizing two virtual short courses at IFETC on August 8th: ‘Materials, Processes and Devices’ and ‘Automotive Applications’.  International speakers gave in-depth insights into recent developments and technologies.  

OE-A short course I ‘Materials, Processes and Devices’  

The key elements of printed electronics are conductive, semi-conductive or dielectric inks and pastes, which can – with a variety of techniques – be economically printed on large area substrates. In this context, the novel approach of manufacturing as well as the utilized techniques allow for a direct integration into low cost reel-to-reel processes. The organic and printed electronics technology enables a multitude of electronic components – from transistors, circuits and sensors to displays, light sources, solar cells and touch surfaces. In this short course renown experts in the field of organic, printed and flexible electronics talk about the fundamentals of this technology – from materials and processes to devices.  


  • Organic and inorganic printable electronics materials 
    Prof. Antonio Facchetti, Co-founder and CTO / Adjunct Professor, Flexterra / Northwestern University, IL, USA 
  • Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacture – An Overview  
    Dr. Simon Johnson,  Chief Technologist, CPI Centre for Process Innovation Limited, Durham, UK
  • Printed electrochemical biosensors for medical diagnostics 
    Dr. Giorgio Mutinati, Senior Research Engineer, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Seibersdorf, Austria 

Moderator: Jan Krausmann, Project Manager, OE-A, Frankfurt, Germany

OE-A short course II ‘Automotive Applications’  

This short course covered printed electronics applications in the automotive sector, an industry that is changing drastically, driven by the transition to autonomous and electric vehicles. Printed electronics perfectly meet the related challenges by allowing e.g. the seamless integration of sensors and flexible displays for smart human-machine interfaces or printed heating concepts for electric vehicles. Renown industry experts will talk about the increasingly important role of printed electronics in the automotive sector, presenting the latest developments and applications of this key enabling technology in the field. 

Important information 

  • Date: Sunday, August 8, 2021 
  • Time: 14:00 – 18:00 CEST (08:00 – 12:00 US ET) 
  • Registration: 

Please be informed a valid ticket to the IFETC conference is needed to attend the short course.  


  • IMSE Technology for Smart Molded Structures – Applications 
    Dr. Antti Keränen, CTO and Co-Founder, TactoTek, Oulunsalo, Finland 
  • IMSE Technology for Smart Molded Structures – Technology Verification 
    Dr. Outi Rusanen, Principal Interconnection Specialist, TactoTek, Oulunsalo, Finland  
  • Fundamentals of printed hybrid electronics for automotive applications 
    Dr. Edsger Smits, Senior Research Scientist, Holst Centre, Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Organic LCD : Shaping automotive interiors with surface integrated displays
    Joffrey Dury, Senior Engineer, FlexEnable, Cambridge, UK 

Moderator: Dr. Klaus Hecker, Managing Director, OE-A, Frankfurt, Germany 

About IFETC 

IFETC, started in Ottawa, Canada (2018) is a new EDS-lead international conference, focusing upon printed and flexible hybrid and non-hybrid materials, devices and systems. It will rotate between the Americas, Asia and Europe, heading to Shanghai PRC in 2022. IFETC aims to bring together a wide variety of stakeholders, from chemists, materials scientists, physicists, to mechanical and electrical engineers, the fabrication and manufacturing communities, as well as end-users, e.g. packaging and medical communities. 

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