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Business and Technology Insight Forums Tokyo 2016

All Insight Forums will be conducted in English

29 February & 1 March 2016, Tokyo, Japan
Room Next1

2 March 2016, Tokyo, Japan
Room E/F
UDX Conference Center, 4F, 4-14-1, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021 Japan


The Internet of Things and RFID

29 FebruaryMorning


29 February Afternoon

Emerging Energy Storage: Technologies and Markets.

1 March Morning

Batteries with New Form and Structural Factors: Thin, Flexible, Printed, Woven, Stretchable, Structural and Small Batteries

1 March Afternoon

Wearable Technology: Products, Markets and Trends

2 March Morning

Enabling Technologies for Wearable: Materials, Sensors, Displays, Haptics, E-Textiles and Power

2 March Afternoon

Group discounts are available please contact: Corinne Jennings,

Half-day Insight Forum 4

Batteries with New Form and Structural Factors: Thin, Flexible, Printed, Woven, Stretchable, Structural and Small Batteries

Critical business intelligence covering technology, market assessment, forecasts, players, case studies and opportunities

This session offers the analysis from three different angles: technology, application and form factor, with the emphasis on the last one.

Form factor is becoming a major driver shaping innovation and transforming the energy storage industry globally. This is motivated by the emergence of new market categories such as wearable electronic devices and Internet of Things (IoT), which demand thinness and flexibility and those features cannot be provided by traditional cylindrical, bulky batteries and coin cells. These new market categories will help the market for thin and flexible batteries reach $460 million in 2026.

Thin, flexible or printed batteries have commercially existed for more than ten years. Traditionally, the micro-power thin and printed batteries were used in skin patches, RFID tags and smart cards. Today, however, the composition of the target market is undergoing drastic change driven by the emergence of new addressable market categories. This trend has enticed many large players to enter the foray, starting to transform a business landscape that was once populated predominantly by small firms.

Who have strong presence in this area?
What have they developed?
What markets are they targeting and what does it mean for this industry?
Those questions will be discussed in detail in this session.

Batteries have been the bottle neck for electronics due to the limited power they can store. Driven by the hundreds-of-billion-dollar addressable market, as well as the realization of the importance of energy industry, players are investing to develop new technologies for the next-generation batteries. Many amazing technologies, as well as traditional lithium-ion are applied to batteries with special form factors. You will get a deep understanding about the typical technologies applied in batteries with special form factors.

Applications such as skin patch and smart cards have been existed for some time. While players are expanding their focusing covering RFID, wireless sensors, wearables, medical devices, backup power, portable electronics, energy harvesting, smart packaging and interactive media, toys, games and cards. Current status, potential and opportunities of these market applications will be analysed as well.

You will get a whole picture about battery industry with special form factors, from current status, trend, development direction, to technology, players and applications. This forum addresses both the business and technologies involved. Attendees will leave with a clear, quantified view of the markets, technology assessment and development roadmaps, key player profiles and their strategy for market adoption, with lessons from success and failures.

All Insight Forums will be conducted in English

Please see registration form for special forum packages. If your colleagues would like to attend, company discounts are available - please contact Corinne Jennings, for details.


1 March | AfternoonRoom: Next 1, UDX Conference Center

IDTechEx Japanese Analysts Yasuo Yamamoto and Mayumi Kozakai,
will be available at this Insight Forum for further discussion.


13:00 - 14:00
Lunch, networking and registration for the afternoon session
14:00 - 14:35
Compiled by Dr Xiaoxi He, IDTechEx
    » Status and motivation of developing batteries with special form factors;
    » Why is it difficult to improve battery energy density
    » What can we learn from lithium-ion technologies for thin and flexible batteries
    » Value propositions, limitations, challenges
    » Market size
14:35 - 14:45
Business models and strategies of players
Compiled by Dr Xiaoxi He, IDTechEx
    »Things need to be considered for commercialization
    »Business models and strategies for players .
Assessment and benchmarking of different technologies used for batteries with special form factors
Compiled by Dr Xiaoxi He, IDTechEx
    »Basic approaches to improve flexible batteries
    »Typical technologies used to make thin and flexible batteries: solid-state batteries, lithium polymer, printed rechargeable, printed disposable.
    »Anatomy (anode, cathode, electrolyte), differences with traditional battery technologies, chemistry overview and constructional options, pros and cons.
    »Comparison between different technologies.
Other form factors batteries
Compiled by Dr Xiaoxi He, IDTechEx
    »Including woven, stretchable, origami, structural batteries etc.
    »Potential applications
    »Commercial and academic activities
Networking Break
16:00 - 17:10
Deep analysis of application markets
Compiled by Dr Xiaoxi He, IDTechEx
    »Application roadmap
    » Application market description, user cases, lessens to learn and application analysis including current and potential applications for batteries with special form factors such as wearables, medical, RFID, Smart cards, sensors, consumer electronics, IoT and others.
    »Companies targeting different application areas.
17:10 - 17:15
17:15 - 17:30
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