OE-A Meeting and InnoFest in Finland a Big Success
Revolutionizing Industry 4.0 through printed electronics
The week of printed electronics up north, 5-8 June proved to be interactive, creative and mind opening.
OE-A Meeting – Revolutionizing Industry 4.0 through printed electronics
On June 5-6 the second OE-A Meeting Europe of this year took place in Oulu, Finland. Hosted by OE-A member VTT Finland, this OE-A Meeting had as special topic “Revolutionizing Industry 4.0 through printed electronics” and offered a wide variety of printed electronics activities.
Over 100 participants attended the meeting and actively participated in both the co-located assemblies of the various OE-A Working Groups and the roadmapping break-out sessions. An important part of this meeting has been the continuation of the new OE-A roadmapping process, including the roadmapping break-out sessions which focused on the key industry sectors: Automotive, Healthcare, Printing & Packaging, Consumer Electronics, Internet of Things, and Smart Buildings.
Interesting presentations & support by the EC
Furthermore, there were various interesting presentations from several end-users such as “Printed Electronics - Potential and Challenges in Industrial Telecommunications Products” by Vesa Välitalo, Nokia; “Impulse talk: Smart windows for automotive and buildings” by Juha Artama, NSG Pilkington; as well as the midnight speech on “Advancing Wearables in Healthcare” by Eero Kaikkonen, Movesole Oy.
Dr. Colette Maloney, Head of Unit A3: Competitive Electronics Industry, European Commission (EC) / DG CONNECT also joined the OE-A Meeting. She presented the very positive outlook on the EC funding strategy for printed electronics as this technology is being recognized as a great potential for Europe. Especially the automotive industry is the market with a lot of demand. In Horizon2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever, alone more than €750 M is being made available for flexible electronics. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. It is now up to the printed electronics industry to provide the EC with more input on flexible and conformable electronics to streamline the next framework programme HorizonEurope. On this occasion Dr. Klaus Hecker, OE-A Managing Director and Jaap Lombaers, OE-A Vice Chairman Europe & Innovation Director Holst Centre handed Dr. Collette Maloney the 7th edition of the OE-A Roadmap White Paper.
Company tours & networking events
In addition, the OE-A members attended the various company tours of VTT Finland, including the PrintoCent pilot lines and the 5G test network, Flexbright, and Tactotek. A dinner on the first evening as well as a reception in the city hall of Oulu on the second one completed the OE-A Meeting. These additional events offered more occasions for the participants to further strengthen ties with fellow members, make new connections, as well as discuss business opportunities.
Creating the right partnerships is essential, both between different companies as well as between companies and research institutes. With regular meetings in Europe, Asia and North America, OE-A supports its members with an effective networking and communication platform, fostering collaboration and promoting information exchange among all players along the value chain.
PrintoCent InnoFest – Develop novel ideas around Printed Intelligence
The two days at the intensive innovation arena were used to explore the business opportunities of the various participants’ ideas while learning from others at the same time. As a result, the attendees got a better understanding of the business potential of their idea. OE-A Managing Director Dr. Klaus Hecker was part of the jury and OE-A Project Managers Sophie Isabel Verstraelen and Dr. Robert Linder joined some of the groups to provide their expertise and creative input.
PrintoCent is an innovation centre of printed electronics and optical measurement technology that develops research, education and business activity in the field. The centre is coordinated by VTT. PrintoCent's objective is to reinforce Finland's position as one of Europe's leading innovation centres in printed electronics and optical measurement technology.