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FLEXO Magazine : August 2008
INDUSTRY INDICATORS billions. Inkjet is now the favorite print- ing technology for electronics because it conserves the expensive ink, is instantly reprogrammable, tolerates uneven sur- faces, is undemanding in ink rheology, particulates and so on. Companies use it reel-to-reel to make photo-detector arrays (Nanoident), so- lar cells (Nanosolar, G24innovations), sensors (GSI) and transistors (ORFID, Organic ID, Plastic Logic and Toppan Printing in the laboratory). However, none of the proponents are fully hooked on it because its resolution, speed, area and other aspects are suboptimal for many electronic applications. Other printing technologies are therefore be- ing explored including wider use of fl exography, acoustically focused aerosol jetting by Optomec, and gravure. ? ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr Peter Harrop FIEE has degrees in physics. He is full-time chairman of IDTechEx, the con- sultancy, publisher and conference organizer in printed electronics and RFID that he founded eight years ago. Its headquarters was recently moved to Boston, MA, though there remains a substantial office in the UK plus a VP in Germany and staff in New Zealand. Harrop was previously chief ex- ecutive of Mars Electronics, which he grew from start-up to $260 million and he has been chairman of 15 high-tech companies over the years. He travels extensively and has written technical and marketing reports for the Financial Times, John Wiley and IDTechEx. All these trends will be fully ex- plored at the IDTechEx RFID Europe Conference in Cambridge UK, Sept. 30 - Oct. 1. Europe’s largest RFID show, it is the industry event to attend with attendees and speakers from the major RFID sectors and applications. www.idtechex.com/RFIDEurope Those wanting to explore the big- ger picture should attend Printed Electronics U.S. Dec. 3-4 in San Francisco, CA (www.idtechex.com/ peU.S.) where companies such as Northrop Grumman, Fuji Film, Nokia, Kodak, InkTec of Korea, and BASF of Germany will present their break- throughs alongside many universities and company start-ups.
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