Heidelberg starts production of printed organic electronics: Page 2 of 2

July 29, 2020 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Heidelberg starts industrial-scale production of printed organic electronics
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, a company known for its large-scale printing machines, has established a dedicated business unit for the industrial development, manufacture and sale of printed organic electronics. For the start, the company has invested around 5 million euros in the establishment of a production line for printed sensors.

With the industrial-scale printing of organic electronics and the associated software and hardware development, the mechanical engineering company intends to take digitalisation forward. With the innovative printing technology of sensors, the company, together with its ecosystem, sees itself as a world leader in this technology area. For Heidelberg, the introduction of this technology offers extensive development opportunities as an operator: printing sensors on an industrial scale, roll-to-roll in clean rooms.

Printed and organic electronics is an innovative technology for producing sensors based on conductive inks and functional materials. Integrated in wireless sensor nodes, they are considered a cornerstone for the application areas Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things. Ultimately, this printing technology has the potential to expand existing digital business models and, above all, to trigger the development of new intelligent products. There is already great demand, particularly in the health care and logistics sectors, as well as in retail, the automotive industry, consumer electronics, portable technologies and building automation.

iL GmbH and Heidelberg have set themselves an ambitious goal for their cooperation. Together they want to play a leading role worldwide in the field of printed electronics. Both companies offer new markets and opportunities for partnerships in diverse industries with innovative products. According to experts, the economic potential for printed sensors is enormous. In the next ten years, they forecast sales of up to one billion euros.

More information: https://www.innovationlab.de/en/

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