Over the last decade, many steps were taken in developing the technology that enables the ability of printing electronics. Flexible surface during printing electronics results in a high degree of form freedom, application possibilities and lower costs. Therefore, printed electronics will find many applications in diverse sectors, among which Healthcare and Logistics, which will lead to a healthier, safer, simpler and even smarter world. Over the coming years, the Printed Electronics (PE) sector will evolve quickly towards a mature worldwide market with an expected size of 200 billion euros in 2025.
In order to stimulate industrial development, it is of importance that players throughout the chain work together more closely than they currently do. This can be realized by organizing the players in an innovative ecosystem. This ecosystem has united in the OPzuid project Printed Electronics, of which this is the initial website.
The PE ecosystem in the South of the Netherlands has the potential to position itself as a dominant player within this industry. With the Holst Centre, as a world-famous player in the field of R&D, the region is ahead of the rest of the world. This leading position should be utilized by taking the developed technology and products to the market. The triple-helix ecosystem enables that within the region, where a great number of enterprises supplemented by knowledge centres and governments cover all facets of the PE supply chain.
Far-reaching collaboration among technology-developers and users through the chain, will position this ecosystem as a dominant player in the maturing PE market, from R&D to commercialization (new products), in the many application domains.