Plastic Electronics Conference to rotate between Dresden and Grenoble beginning in 2014

SEMI, the global trade organization representing the nano- and micro-electronic manufacturing supply chains, today announced that next year’s Plastic Electronics Conference (PE2014) will be held in Grenoble, France and alternate with Dresden, Germany in future years to better address pan-European opportunities and challenges in Plastic Electronics. Co-located with SEMICON Europa, one of the largest exhibitions in Europe, PE2014 is the ideal forum to meet technology leaders and professionals from industry, academia, and research organizations focused on developing the next-generation of plastic and organic electronics. This rotation strategy for both SEMICON Europa (www.semiconeuropa.org) and PE2014 (www.plastic-electronics.org) supports the European Union’s 10/100/20 initiative, in addition to providing increased business opportunities for both exhibitors and visitors.

The Plastic Electronics 2014 will be held at Alpexpo in Grenoble, France on 7-9 October 2014, returning to Dresden in October 2015. In addition to the keynote presentations, the conference has critical content to offer for engineers, material experts, manufacturing professionals and industry strategists. The conference will have a specific focus on heterogeneous integration of flexible and traditional electronics for innovative form factors products and applications.

This new focus on and selection of key application areas where in-roads of large area electronics is expected such as in medical, lighting, energy, automotive, fast moving consumer goods. The PE2014 conference covers all segments of the Printed Electronics industry currently driving development in this influential technology. For more information on PE2014, visit www.plastic-electronics.org.

Dr. Dominik Gronarz, CEO of OES (Organic Electronics Saxony), Europe’s leading organic-cluster, states, “Organic Electronics Saxony welcomes the alternating change between Dresden and Grenoble. Especially for the external and international visitors, this biannual rotation will make the Plastic Electronics even more attractive. Visitors have a growing interest in visiting companies and institutes on site, and the mutual relocation now offers this new and exciting opportunity. Thanks to the alternating location, our members are not only offered a further opportunity to present themselves to a new professional audience in Grenoble but also to establish new business contacts, which might differ from those made exclusively in Dresden as the sole location. This new cooperation with Grenoble allows an increased involvement of our French COLAE partners CEA-Liten in Grenoble and Plastipolis in Lyon in Plastic Electronics.”

Mrs. Isabelle Chartier, Printed Electronic program director from CEA-Liten states, “We are proud to host the next Plastic Electronics Conference fully integrated inside SEMICON Europa, here in Grenoble. The French Flexible Electronic community (from materials, equipment, institutes up to final integrators) is very active in this field and aims soon to start industrial manufacturing. In Grenoble, CEA-Liten is running PICTIC — the French Printed Electronic open technology platform — dedicated to printed processes development and products prototyping with industrials partners. CEA-Liten/PICTIC has a track record in terms of printed technology like: high performance printed OTFT: organic CMOS for analog and digital circuits (first printed ADC converter), PMOS backplanes, and printed sensors: Organic Photodiodes with the start-up ISORG and piezo pressure sensor in collaboration with ARKEMA/Piezotech.”

The Plastic Electronics 2014 is hosted by the SEMI Plastic Electronics Special Interest Group (PE-SIG), which is managed by representatives of leading industry companies, research centers and institutes. The PE-SIG of SEMI focuses its activities on Networking, roadmaps, standardization, research and statistics, conferences, exhibitions and public policy worldwide.

The Plastics Electronics Conference (www.plastic-electronics.org) showcases Europe’s most innovative companies, institutions and people.  It is an integral part of SEMICON Europa exhibition (www.semiconeuropa.org), the leading event dedicated to the future of micro- and nanoelectronics design and manufacturing in Europe. SEMICON Europa and Plastic Electronics will be held on 7-9 October 2014.

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