Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Commercial Graphene Show - Europe 2015

Dates: Thursday 16th – Friday 17th April 2015
Venue: Manchester Central Convention Complex, UK

The Commercial Graphene Show is the definitive meeting place for the entire graphene value chain. Taking you right the way from ground breaking research in the lab all the way to mass industrial adoption.
This meeting will bring together the best and brightest graphene researchers improving production quality and quantities, and put them at the same table as large multinational industrial powerhouses looking at industry wide adoption. 

Meet with key decision makers and technology experts from:
•             Aerospace and Defence
•             Energy and Power
•             Automotive
•             Electronics
•             Printing and Packaging
•             Barrier Applications
•             Coatings and Chemicals

Working with these large commercial application developers is no smooth process and only by working with all the stakeholders in this space can graphene suppliers truly realise the goal of commercial application. That’s why this meeting will also host:
•             Academic centres of excellence
•             Government funding and grant bodies
•             Venture capitalists
•             IP and Patent Attorneys
•             Tech gurus and consultants
•             Top media representatives

The Commercial Graphene Show is where the entire graphene value chain meets to do business.

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Printed, Organic and Flexible Electronics Markets: High Growth but Mixed Fortunes

IDTechEx, the global market research, technology scouting and events firm, finds that in 2014 three technologies – OLED displays, sensors and conductive ink – make up 99% of the $23.97 billion market for printed, organic and flexible electronics. A snapshot of the market size in 2014, based on research conducted for the new IDTechEx report “Printed, Organic and Flexible Electronics 2014-2024” ( is shown below, highlighting that the range of enabling technologies involved are at very different points of maturity and profitability.

Source: IDTechEx report Printed, Organic and Flexible Electronics 2014-2024

Three biggest sectors: OLEDs, Sensors, Conductive Ink
The largest segment so far is OLED displays, commercial now in cellphones, tablets and TVs, made using vacuum (non printed) processes. The business has been growing strongly over the last few years due to the onslaught of competition in the LCD industry and therefore the need to differentiate. However, OLED TVs have failed to become a commercial success so far due to their high price but there is strong forward momentum. Curved and eventually flexible OLEDs are key areas of development focus.
Sensors comprise almost exclusively of glucose test strips, where the electrodes are printed. The glucose test strip market will experience growth in numbers but revenue growth is less certain as US Medicare intends to pressure suppliers to reduce cost. Still, the margins until now have been excellent. Meanwhile many are developing other sensing solutions, from hybrid organic and CMOS inorganic image sensors to temperature sensors.
The mainstay application of conductive ink has been PV bus bars and fingers, and despite the consolidated PV supplier base the volume growth in terms of PV wafers produced offsets the progress in reducing the ink consumption through better structures and process efficiencies. Secondly, as the touch panel market grows in consumer electronics it is driving demand for more conductive ink for the edge bezel electrodes.
Hot sectors
IDTechEx note that in particular, hot sectors are transparent conductive films targeted to larger area touch panels, with metal mesh and nanowire solutions in the lead so far. 2014 has seen sluggish adoption of ITO alternatives as laptop touch screen demand uptake has been slower than anticipated, but capacity is now beginning to fill up.
However, most importantly, the industry is now becoming much better placed to serve customers - strong ecosystems have been developed by some suppliers to move the focus to complete solution based offerings rather than a technology component offering. Government investments around the World are also rightly focussing on reducing capex risks for companies wishing to get products off the ground, and are indeed helping companies make product.
Additionally, the progress of wearable technology is of increasing interest and focus of developers. It requires the new form factors that printed, organic and flexible electronics can offer for products that can be priced to have reasonable margin.
Latest Printed Electronics Assessment
IDTechEx saves clients time and money and helps them to make the best decisions by providing impartial assessment of emerging technologies. We have served clients in 80 countries from our bases in Japan, UK, Germany and the US. The latest report “Printed, Organic and Flexible Electronics 2014-2024” ( provides granular market forecasts by technology type over a ten year period, based on conducting hundreds of interviews. Critically, we interview end users to find out what they need. It covers the trends, market place and technology developments and roadmaps versus end user needs. For those looking to gain the latest insights and exploit the unmet opportunities, see
Meeting customers
IDTechEx hosts the world’s largest event on the topic – Printed Electronics USA - in Santa Clara on November 19-20 ( With 200 exhibitors and 2,500 attendees expected, this event showcases the applications and emerging technologies. Critically, it focusses on bringing the technology to market by focussing the event around applications. Companies such as Jaguar Landrover, Samsung, Hallmark, Adidas, Lockheed Martin, Osram and many others will discuss their needs and experiences with the technology.