E-mobility Reinvented
11 - 12 April 2018 | Estrel Convention Center, Berlin, Germany


Registration & Details

Please pick up your badges and class materials at registration.


Estrel Berlin Convention Center
Sonnenallee 225
12057 Berlin

Tuesday, 10 April

Masterclass Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

from 8.30am - Foyer 1, Estrel Convention Center
Class: 9.00am - 11.30am
Lunch and Networking: 11.30am - 12.30pm

Masterclass 1: "3D Printing of Polymers" This class takes place off-site. Full details have been sent to delegates. Please email c.jennings@IDTechEx.com if you need further details.
Masterclass 5: "Synthetic Biology" has been cancelled

Masterclass Sessions 7-12

from 12.00noon - Foyer 1, Estrel Convention Center
Lunch and Networking: 11.30am - 12.30pm
Class: 12.30pm - 3.00pm

Masterclass Sessions 13-18

Registration from 3.00pm - Foyer 1, Estrel Convention Center
Class: 3.30pm - 6.00pm

Friday, 13 April

Masterclass Sessions 19-24

from 8.30am - Large Gallery, Estrel Convention Center
Class: 9.00am - 11.30am
Lunch and Networking: 11.30am - 12.30pm

Masterclass Sessions 25-30

from 12.00noon - Large Gallery, Estrel Convention Center
Lunch and Networking: 11.30am - 12.30pm
Class: 12.30pm - 3.00pm

Analyst-led sessions providing impartial market and technology insights including:
  • Key players, progress, innovations, case studies and forecasts
  • Complete mapping and appraisal of technologies and markets
  • Clarity of the value chain and unmet opportunities
Spaces are limited!

Attendee Feedback

"Good blend of technology, market landscape and customer application examples." - Henkel Corporation
"Good overview combined with sensible insights and a welcome dose of reality." - Wittra
"We appreciated the detailed technical information." - Nitto Europe
"The masterclass covered the most recent topics for organic materials, showing recent applications and theoretical aspects." - CYNORA GmbH
"The masterclass has many new technology introductions and I collected a lot of information - this is very useful!" - Xinyuan Electronics
"Very technical and a lot of hands-on knowledge shared. Really nice class." - Microdul

Masterclass schedule

Dr Bryony Core
Senior Technology Analyst
Dr Ben Jastram
Scientific Assistant
3D Labor

1: 3D Printing of Polymers (Off-Site: 8:00am - 12.30pm)

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  • Key technologies and markets explained
  • End-user needs explored
  • 10 year forecasts and global trends mapped
Designed for those who are new to these disruptive technologies, to understand the big picture and to assess the challenges and opportunities, this masterclass will arm you with knowledge of the latest developments in the applications and technologies concerning the 3D printing of polymers. The class will cover:
Market Landscape and Business Intelligence
  • Existing and emerging processes for the 3D printing of polymers
  • Business models and market drivers
  • Current market size and future market opportunity, with 10 year forecasts
  • Unmet needs and opportunities
Technology Appraisal
Analysts will cover each of the following technology options; the advantages and disadvantages of each; case studies; applications; suppliers and manufacturers; costs; technical challenges and opportunities:
  • Thermoplastic Extrusion
  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
  • Stereolithography (SLA)
  • Digital Light Processing (DLP)
  • Binder jetting
  • Material jetting
This masterclass will arm you with the latest knowledge of polymers for 3D printing - what exists, what is coming and what is needed. Learn what the key players are offering, areas of research and development activity, trends and market sizing. Specifically, the masterclass will cover:
Material Appraisal: Current and Emerging
Analysts will appraise each of the following types of materials for 3D printing:
  • Photosensitive resins
  • Thermoplastic filament
  • Thermoplastic powder
  • Engineering grade thermoplastic filaments and powders
  • Water soluble supports
  • Emerging materials
They will cover the advantages and disadvantages of 3D printing with each material, key suppliers, costs, performance specifications and limitations, and the impact of new emerging options.
Material Market Appraisal
  • How existing and emerging applications are dependent on materials properties
  • Need for new materials and opportunities for materials development
  • Current market size for materials by value and volume
  • Future material market opportunity with ten-year forecasts
This masterclass provides you with a full assessment of this complex and rapidly changing technology.

This masterclass will take place at the 3D Laboratory at the Technical University of Berlin and will also include a tour.

For ten years the 3D laboratory at the Technical University of Berlin has been developing applications in the fields of 3D scan, 3D print and 3D immersive (interactive) projection. The applications originate in many application fields like mathematics and natural sciences, engineering sciences, medicine and medical technologies, geo sciences, archaeology, palaeontology, architecture, arts and design, museums etc. The 3D laboratory cooperates with research and other public institutions like museums as well as - mainly small and medium - companies. Last but not least the laboratory contributes to the university teaching and provides knowledge transfer to its cooperation partners.

The tour will consist of showing the equipment of the 3D laboratory and some applications:

  • demonstration of different 3D printing technologies
  • fused deposition modeling (synthetic material - ABS)
  • powder based printing (gypsum)
  • powder based printing (synthetic material - polyamide) - laser sintering)
  • 3D interactive projection: cave
Concerning 3D printing we show the 3D printers and demonstrate the respective specific manufacturing steps as well as examples for the results. For technical reasons it will not be possible to show all steps "in action".

The "cave" represents a 3D immersive projection permitting to move virtually through 3D data, i.e. to walk, for example, through a 3D model of a house or through the interior of a fossil or through the interior of a human or animal body.


Raghu Das

2: Introduction to Printed Electronics

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  • All key technologies and markets mapped
  • End-user needs: case studies and market drivers
  • 10 year forecasts and global trends
Designed for those who are new to this disruptive technology or who need to understand the big picture to assess the challenges and opportunities, this masterclass will arm you with the latest knowledge of the applications and technology developments involving printed electronics. The class will cover:
Market Appraisal
  • Actual uses of printed electronics so far
  • Trends by territory
  • Value and supply chain and market drivers
  • Current market size and future market opportunity, with 10 year forecasts
Technology Appraisal
Analysts will cover how each of the following technology options work; the advantages and disadvantages of each; 10 year forecasts; case studies; suppliers; costs; technical and market challenges and opportunities:
  • Displays (OLEDs, electrophoretic, electroluminescent, electrochromic)
  • OLED lighting
  • Thin film transistor circuits (organic, inorganic semiconductors, thin film silicon)
  • Sensors
  • Conductive inks
  • Batteries and actuators
  • Photovoltaics
  • A review of manufacturing technologies
This masterclass provides you with a full assessment of this complex and rapidly changing technology from analysts that have studied the topic since 2002. Samples of printed electronics components and products will be shown.
Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
Research Director

3: Materials for Printed, Flexible & Organic Electronics

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  • Assessment of the complex material landscape that provide "active" functionality
  • Application requirements, latest material progress and unmet needs
  • Key suppliers and global trends
The printed electronics industry is largely being driven forward by innovation in materials. In fact, the material end of the value is currently where most of the action and value is. Every large material and chemical company in the world is involved and the business landscape is full of SMEs and start-ups hoping to commercialize their latest innovative materials.
The advanced material space is inevitably highly diverse and complex. On the technical side, printable materials must fulfil a variety of roles ranging from conducting to insulting, rigid to stretchable, transparent to light-emitting, screen to inkjet printing, thermal to photo-curing, etc.
On the commercial side, printable materials must satisfy the challenging performance and price requirements exacted by devices, applications, and markets that fall under the greater umbrella term of 'printed electronics'. This is a diverse and broad group that includes displays and lighting, photovoltaics, transistors and memory, smart packaging, etc
The materials business remains the most exciting, dynamic, and innovative part of the printed electronics industry. In this class, we have selected some of the most important and/or promising materials of the printed electronics industry. For each material, we will describe the business context within which it competes, the latest technological progress, the primary application requirements, and the critical technical and business challenges facing the suppliers.
Materials Covered
  • Conductive inks (silver flake/powder/nano, copper, etc)
  • Graphene and carbon nanotubes
  • Transparent conductive film materials (ITO, PEDOT, silver nanowires, CNTs, Ag nanoparticles, etc)
  • Quantum dots
  • OTFT and MO-TFT materials
  • Printed sensor materials
  • Organic materials for OPVs and OLEDs
Market and Technology Assessment
For each material above, we will describe the technological as well as the commercial aspects. More specifically, the following will be assessed:
  • The overall market trends/forecasts and business dynamics
  • Latest state-of-the-art performance/cost levels and desired performance levels by application
  • Material deposition options
  • Critical technical challenges
  • Key suppliers
This session is based on IDTechEx research conducted on advanced functional materials since 1999, in addition to world class academic experts.
Dr Xiaoxi He
Research Director, Topic Lead
Dr Uwe Vogel
Division Director, Microdisplays & Sensors
Fraunhofer FEP

4: OLED & QLED Displays

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As the display industry is looking for the next generation technology, some manufacturers have been investing large amount of money into new OLED production lines. Active matrix OLED (AMOLED) is already used on many flagship smartphones, smartwatches, virtual reality headsets, and TVs. OLED offers multiple advantages such as low power consumption, thinness, and high contrast. OLED is also an excellent candidate for truly flexible displays.
The industry is also developing displays made with quantum dots. These are small nanoparticles of semiconductor with very unique optical properties. Quantum dot LED (often labelled QLED) displays have become a hot topic, with the potential to disrupt or succeed OLED displays.
With a market size expected to be over $50 billion, this is an industry that offers opportunities for companies who manage to enter the value chain. This class is designed to give a complete overview of the technologies, trends, and applications.
This class will cover:
  • Trends in the display industry
  • Current challenges faced by OLED manufacturers
  • Plastic and flexible OLED
  • OLED microdisplays for AR and VR headsets
  • Quantum dots and their use as photo-luminescent particles
  • Electro-luminescent quantum dot displays
  • Key manufacturers and suppliers in the value chain
  • Printed OLED and QLED displays
  • Market forecasts for OLED and QLED displays
James Hayward
Research Director, Topic Lead

6: Wearable Electronics

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  • A critical view of the sector
  • The range of applications and market trends
  • Emerging technologies for the next wearable devices
Wearable technologies has become the new hot topic. Indeed, it is estimated that the total addressable market will grow to $100 billion in the next decade. But while many are targeting healthcare applications, few have actually succeeded. In this context, it is necessary to have a critical look at the market trends, and to assess what it means in terms of growth and profitability.
On the technology side, most of the existing products leverage the components that have been developed over the years for the mobile phone industry. However, there are exciting new technologies coming up, from flexible displays to biometric sensors. This session will introduce the new materials and technologies that will enable future wearable devices.
This session will cover:
  • The current range of wearable electronic products
  • Applications in healthcare and infotainment
  • Risks and challenges
  • The key enabling technologies for next-gen devices
  • Potential market size and opportunities
Dr Bryony Core
Senior Technology Analyst
Norma Barr
3D Printer & Educator
Dimension Alley

7: 3D Printing of Metals & New Materials

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  • Key 3D printing materials and new material opportunities
  • Applications and end-user needs
  • Ten year forecasts to 2028 by material type
This masterclass will arm you with the latest knowledge of 3D printing materials - what exists, what is coming and what is needed. Learn what the key players are offering, areas of research and development activity, trends and market sizing. Specifically, the masterclass will cover:
Material Appraisal: Current and Emerging
Analysts will appraise each of the following types of materials for 3D printing:
  • Photopolymers
  • Thermoplastic filament
  • Thermoplastic powder
  • Metal powder
  • Ceramic powders
  • Sand + binder
  • Welding wire
  • Plaster
  • Graphene
  • Biomaterials
  • Emerging materials
They will cover the advantages and disadvantages of 3D printing with each, key suppliers, costs, performance specifications and limitations, and the impact of new emerging options.
Material Market Appraisal
  • How existing and emerging applications are dependent on materials properties
  • Need for new materials and opportunities for materials development
  • Current market size for materials by value and volume
  • Future material market opportunity with ten-year forecasts
This masterclass provides you with a full assessment of this complex and rapidly changing subject. Samples of objects 3D printed from a wide range of materials will be shown.
Dr Jonathan Harrop

8: Bioelectronics & Neuroprosthetics

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Designed for those interested in emerging technologies within the Bioelectronics field, this class focuses specifically on bioelectronic medicine and neuroprosthetics. Bioelectronic medicine is a new term that has gained a lot of attention due to the creation of Galvani Bioelectronics by GlaxoSmithKline and Google's parent company Alphabet. The joint venture is funded for $712 million USD; and Galvani Bioelectronics will focus on the development of miniature electronic implantable devices that use electrical modulation to treat a range of chronic diseases. The current and future applications of bioelectronic medicine devices will be covered in the first half of the class. The related field of neuroprosthetics is intended to restore lost physiological functions for patients who are deaf, blind, paralyzed, or amputees. This second half of the class will outline the developers of neural probes, cochlear implants, retinal implants, and neuroprosthetic limbs. Components, competitive landscapes, and special considerations for each section will also be reviewed.
This session will cover:
Market appraisal:
  • 10 year forecasts for neuoprosthetics segmented by indication and by component.
  • Competitive landscape for neuroprosthetics reviewing products offered and patent portfolios.
  • Special considerations for each segment detailing potential hurdles to commercialization or acceptance.
Technology appraisal:
  • Bioelectronic medicines segmented as: cardiac electro stimulators, peripheral nervous system (PNS) electro stimulators, central nervous system (CNS) electro stimulators, next generation electro stimulators and other electro stimulators that act on diseased or impaired human biological tissues
  • Neuroprosthetics segmented as: Neural probes and electrophysiology equipment, cochlear implants, retinal implants, and neuroprosthetic limbs.
Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
Research Director
Dr Inge van der Meulen
Product Development Manager
Henkel Electronic Materials

9: Conductive Inks/Pastes & Transparent Conductive Films

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  • All key technologies and markets assessed
  • 10 year forecasts and global trends
Conductive Inks and Pastes
The conductive ink and paste business is one of the largest in printed electronics space. Indeed, conductive inks have commercially roared ahead whilst many more complex and higher profile forms of printed electronics devices/systems have struggled.
This is also a market where everything has changed since 2014. The market leadership in traditional volume markets has changed hands with previously low-cost low-quality suppliers rising to the top. The paste manufacturers are now all in search of new emerging markets in the hope that future growth in some will compensate for the decline or the loss of market share in the traditional sectors. Consequently, most paste makers have hugely diversified their product offerings addressing a diverse array of nascent markets each with a different set of technology and market challenges/opportunities.
In our masterclass we will cover the main existing and emerging conductive ink and paste technologies such as firing-type pastes and PTF, nanoparticle inks and silver substitutes such as copper and silver-coated copper.
In addition, we will explore the progress, requirements and challenges for applications such as solar cells, touch screen edge electrodes, printed sensors, electronic textile, 3D-shaped antennas, magnetic shielding, in-mould electronics, automotive, RFID tags, ITO replacement, OLED lighting, desktop printers, printed TFTs, and so on.
Transparent Conductive Films
The transparent conductive film (TCF) market went through a brutal consolidation phase in the past two years. This phase was motivated by the sluggish growth in existing markets, disappointing growth in large-area devices, and the rising threat of substitutes to the incumbent players. These market conditions motivated the incumbent players to slash sales prices, transforming the competitive environment for alternative technologies. This strategy now approaches the end of its usefulness and therefore the industry is now entering into a new, distinct growth phase.
In our masterclass, we quantitatively review and benchmark all existing and emerging TCF technologies including ITO-on-glass, ITO films, silver nanowires, carbon nanotubes, graphene, printed metal mesh, embossed metal mesh, photo-patterned metal mesh, nanoparticle networks, PEDOT, and so on.
In addition, we will examine the various select existing and emerging applications such as touch screens, flexible devices, OLED lighting, third generation photovoltaics, in-mould 3D-shaped touch surfaces, and so on. Furthermore, we will consider the competitive landscape, reviewing major recent changes as well as offering an analysis for future market/competitive dynamics.
James Hayward
Research Director, Topic Lead
Haptic technologies involve the sense of touch; different actuators can be used to simulate different sensations which can then be felt by the user. This brand-new masterclass will cover the different types of haptics technologies in the market today, from the mature technologies that can be found in every smartphone and games console controller through to newer emerging techniques that are beginning to disrupt the incumbent options.
Advanced haptics are a critical part of new user interfaces (UI), allowing devices to provide an enhanced user experience (UX). This is particularly critical within several prominent emerging markets, including augmented and virtual reality (AR, VR, MR), wearable technology devices and increasingly within autonomous vehicles.
The masterclass will cover the following areas:
  • Comparison and benchmarking of different haptics technologies
  • Market trends in haptics today
  • Market forecasts for haptics technologies
  • The role of haptics in several key emerging markets: AR/VR/MR, wearables, autonomous vehicles, robotics, etc
  • Future outlook for haptics within the wider context of UI and UX
Dr Peter Harrop

11: Off Grid Renewable Energy: High Power Energy Harvesting

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This masterclass concerns the zero-emission creation of off-grid electricity using ambient energy. It focuses on the high power end, a booming market ten times the value of low power energy harvesting. It evaluates technologies and market sizes for both mobile and static uses including new advances in the past year such as the Toyota-patented breakthrough in wind power for electric vehicles but also the dream of fully solar powered cars.
Technologies covered include
  • Airborne Wind Energy: Several companies will be first to commercialise in 2018, some having orders now. Primarily, a transportable source of electricity at 10 kW upwards and a static source of electricity at around 1 MW where conventional wind turbines cannot go, we identify and prioritise targeted applications including those revealed by direct IDTechEx interviews and new Google patents.
  • New triboelectric energy harvesting: A $40 billion addressable market according to the inventors (as stated in an interview with IDtechEx).
  • Photovoltaics reinvented: As solar roads providing 100 kW or more and backed by a construction giant are getting closer to becoming reality, energy independent boats and land vehicles including cars are for sale now or expected to launch within three years. They are also currently trialled as upper atmosphere drones including satellite technology at 1 kW/ kg as costs tumble. Also, BIPV applications and the Facebook solar aircraft concept evaluated
  • Multi modal energy harvesting: See the technology roadmap, the ten year forecasts and the evolving value chain.
Additional questions answered will include: Where will societal benefits and industrial success accrue? Will high power thermoelectrics, piezoelectrics and dielectric elastomer generators become commercially successful? When? The takeoff in microgrids and billions of dollars of investment and where first commercial successes will happen.
Franco Gonzalez
Principal Analyst
Dr Qamar Abbas
Institute of Chemistry and Technical Electrochemistry
Poznan University of Technology
  • Technology assessment, key players
  • Materials and manufacturing analysis
  • Applications now and in the future with 10 year forecasts
Energy storage technologies are the key stone of the future of sustainable energy systems. Supercapacitors are an emerging energy storage technology with exceptional high power characteristics and longer useful lifetimes than mainstream energy storage technologies such as lithium batteries. The development of this technology has been progressing at a faster rate in the last 10 years. The transport industry is using them in trains, electric buses and cars. Smartphones may have supercapacitors in the near future in order to improve their energy efficiency and so on.
This masterclass will give you all the knowledge you need to understand this emerging technology, its market potential and its role in the energy storage space.
We will lead you from the basic technical concepts up to the most recent technology developments in the area and to understand applications in different industries.
Join us as we dive into this exciting emerging technology.
This masterclass will cover:
  • Introduction to supercapacitor technology and its position in the energy storage space
  • Performance parameters of supercapacitors
  • Performance benchmark of supercapacitors commercially available and under development
  • Technology development pathways for increasing performance of supercapacitor technology
  • Graphene and CNT progress in supercapacitors
  • The role of electrolytes in performance
  • Environmentally friendlier materials
  • Supercapacitor manufacturing
  • Current and emerging applications in the automotive, industrial, electronics and other industries
  • Progress on industry standardisation
  • Supercapacitors market forecasts
Dr Lorenzo Grande
Senior Technology Analyst
IDTechEx GmbH

13: Batteries: From Thin Film to Post Lithium Ion

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  • Key technologies and markets covered
  • Material opportunities
  • Suppliers and global trends
  • This introductory masterclass on the topic focuses on batteries: from thin film or printed primary batteries to rechargeable batteries and the winner lithium batteries as it jumps to $60 billion in 2020.
Batteries continue to proliferate new wearable electronics, personal medical diagnostics and treatment, and the Internet of Things. 30 billion button batteries poison and choke humans and other animals every year: safer printed batteries remain a small business. Why? 50% of the cost of a pure-electric mainstream car is the battery, but still the range and price are unacceptable and batteries set fire to cars and planes. What to do? Lithium ion is the best battery technology we have ever seen they have achieved increases energy density by 5% per year and decreases cost at 8% per year but cannot achieve transformative factors of five in cost and performance. Post Lithium ion battery technologies are not really new however there are reasons why they have received more attention recently, this is because the promises the next generation of disruptive high energy batteries is progressing.
We give basics explaining why lithium batteries cathode, anode and electrolyte are changing, revealing opportunities for fine chemicals and materials through to new applications.
In particular, it covers:
  • Introduction to Batteries
  • Comparison of battery technologies and alternatives.
  • Types of lithium ion batteries are compared, challenges
  • Post Lithium Ion Batteries, technology development: Lithium Sulphur, All Solid State, Na ion, Magnesium Batteries, Lithium Air, Silicon anodes. Lithium Capacitors, others
  • Post Lithium ion market readiness, applications with forecasts.
  • Printed and thin/flexible batteries compared, challenges and what is coming next
James Hayward
Research Director, Topic Lead

14: E-Textiles & Stretchable Electronics

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  • Assessment and progress of electronic and electrical materials on textiles
  • Application needs, case studies
  • Key players and market forecasts
This masterclass will assess the latest progress with this topic, covering functional materials and components suited for use with textiles, fabrics and stretchable electronics. Typical material choices by substrate type will be shared, including discussion of the challenges around washability, wear resistance, contact resistances etc.
In addition to these technology details this masterclass will cover application needs for wearable electronics - what end-users see as the minimum viable products, and will look at case studies of e-textiles today - covering cost, product functionality and market trends.
Key suppliers focussing on this area will be revealed in addition to market forecasts based on the latest IDTechEx research.
Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
Research Director
Dr Felice Torrisi
University Lecturer
Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of Cambridge

15: Graphene, Carbon Nanotubes & 2D Materials

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Graphene is billed as the wonder material of our time. It has received tremendous media attention and is the recipient of large sums of research and commercialization funds. Today, an army of researchers around the global is advancing the technology, whilst numerous companies are now seeking to commercialize it.
In this class, we will look at the past, the present and the future of graphene commercialization, looking at the market complexity/fragmentation, pricing as well as investment/revenue/profitability trends, go-to-market strategies, grand technical and commercial challenges, and so on.
We will then examine the graphene technology itself, looking at the material characteristics of different graphenes, reviewing the different production processes, and assessing a big range of potential applications from electronic inks to battery materials, from various composite fillers to functional coatings, and so on. At all times, we will seek to highlight the latest prototypes and commercial launches, whilst making our application assessment as data-based and quantitative as possible.
Non-graphene 2D Materials are also now at the forefront of the next wave of research with many hoping that it will lead to the establishment of a diverse family of complementary 2D materials covering the full range of material characteristics. In this class, we will highlight some of the ways for making non-graphene 2D materials whilst reviewing the latest technical progress on a few select 2D materials.
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were also once billed as the wonder material of our time. They have therefore been there and done that, and interestingly, CNTs are now quietly making a commercial comeback after doing their time in the wilderness of the disillusionment period.
In this class, we will provide a historical perspective on how CNT commercialization has progressed in the past decade, and will consider its future demonstrating that it has finally entered into a major volume growth phase. Here too, we will provide a brief review of types of CNTs, of the different production processes, and of the key existing and emerging applications and market trends.
It is hoped that this class with give you strong understanding of the technology as well as the market potential and current commercial progress of these most famous of nanomaterials.
Raghu Das
Dr Ralf Zichner
Head of Dept. -Printed Functionalities
Fraunhofer ENAS
Dr Simon Johnson
Chief Technologist-Printable Electronics
Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)
Dr Francesca Antoniolli
Global Product Manager
Applied Materials Italia Srl

16: Printing Technologies for Electronic Applications

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  • Assessment of each printing technology type
  • Application requirements and case studies
  • Post-print processing, integration and hybrid device manufacturing
This masterclass assesses the range of printing and non-printing manufacturing and handling options for printed, organic and flexible electronics. Attendees will learn about the technology capabilities, market applicability, key players, trends and opportunities. The class will cover:
Printing Technology and Application Assessment
The following printing types will be covered:
  • Screen printing
  • Inkjet printing
  • Flexo printing (and offset)
  • Gravure printing (and offset)
  • Nano imprinting and transfer printing
  • Coating systems (slot die)
For each type, the session will cover:
  • Printing capability (speed, resolution, uniformity, cost etc.) and material suitability
  • Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats assessment
  • Suitability to different applications - existing and future
  • Detailed case studies and learnings from printing commercial printed electronics products
  • Key players
Integrated Manufacturing and Scaling
  • Assessment of curing/sintering options
  • Integrated systems - suppliers, what is available, what it is being used for
  • The value chain and opportunities in equipment supply
  • Market detail: how much is and will be printed
This session is partly based on IDTechEx research of over 90 relevant suppliers. Attendees will be shown working demonstrations in addition to handling samples of printed electronics components and products.
Dr Peter Harrop
Dr Jonathan Harrop
Dr Antti Keranen
CTO, Co-Founder

17: Structural Electronics

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  • Applications and needs for structural electronics
  • Enabling materials and components needed for structural electronics
  • Case studies, trends, key suppliers and market outlook
Structural electronics (SE) is one of the most important technological developments of this century. It forms a key part of the dream, formulated decades ago, of computing disappearing into the fabric of society. Structural electronics involves electronic and/or electrical components and circuits that act as load-bearing, protective structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle bodies or conformally placed upon them. It is of huge interest to the aerospace industry which is usually the first adopter, the automotive industry and in civil engineering both with compelling needs but its reach is much broader even than this. Electric cars badly need longer range and more space for the money and, in civil engineering, corrosion of reinforced concrete structures and tighter requirements for all structures, including early warning of problems, are among the market drivers for structural electronics.
This introductory masterclass to the topic reviews the applications for structural electronics, now and emerging, assessing what is happening and what is still needed. Progress by key technology type is given including key suppliers and the technology roadmaps. This will cover topics such as smart skin, 3D printed electronics, flexible and printed electronics systems, energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors forming structures), molded electronics, building integrated photovoltaics and textile based electronics. Global trends and the market outlook is provided based on new IDTechEx research on the topic matter.
Dr Nadia Tsao
Research Director, Personnel Lead

18: Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine

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Regenerative medicine, defined as the field of medicine related to replacing and repairing worn and damaged tissues in the body, has become a topic of increasing interest not only due to the aging of populations around the world, but also because our understanding of biology has reached a point that such an application can be realised. This masterclass is an introduction to the technologies that are currently being used and studied for the field of regenerative medicine.
Tissue engineering, referring to the technologies that use physical, chemical, biological and engineering processes to control and direct the aggregate behaviour of cells, is a major subset of regenerative medicine, and will be covered in detail in this masterclass. Particular attention will be paid to 3D bioprinting, a tissue engineering technique based on additive manufacturing. This masterclass will also discuss other applications of these technologies, such as product testing in the consumer goods, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical industries, personalised medicine, and basic science research.
The masterclass will cover:
  • Latest developments
  • Existing and emerging applications of tissue engineering
  • Market drivers and needs by application
  • Current and future market opportunities with 10-year forecasts
Each of the following technologies will be introduced and appraised:
  • 3D bioprinting
  • Fused filament fabrication
  • Stereolithography
  • Electrospinning
  • Freeze drying
  • Solvent casting and particle leaching
  • Cell therapy
This includes discussion of their advantages, disadvantages, opportunities, limitations and key players.
Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
Research Director
Dr Bill MacDonald
Dr Eric A. Meulenkamp
Program Director Large Area Electronics
Holst Centre

19: Barriers & Substrates for Printed & Flexible Electronics

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  • All key technologies and markets covered
  • Technical requirements mapped
  • 10 year forecasts and global trends
Organic devices, in particular OLED and OPV ones, are highly sensitive to moisture, requiring ultra-high performance barrier or encapsulation layers. Glass is an excellent barrier, but is rigid, therefore potentially stripping away organic electronics of a key differentiating attribute, which is flexibility. Developing flexible, transparent and ultra-high performance remains an unmet technology challenge, and in many cases an impediment against the growth of organic and printed electronics. Numerous solutions are however being developed across the world, ranging from ultra-thin flexible glass to multi-layer films. Success here can change the economics of organic and/or printed electronics.
Substrates are also an essential and often neglected layer for printed and/or organic electronics. They bring robustness and enable flexibility, but at the same time place substantial constraints on the manufacturing process (e.g., thermal budget, dimensional stability) in a way that they can largely determine device performance. Many plastic solutions are now being offered such as PET and PEN but also paper based substrates are increasingly gaining attention.
Market Appraisal
Ten year market forecasts for barrier films:
  • Market at the application level in OLED lighting, OPVs and flexible displays
  • Market at the barrier level
  • Key suppliers, technology/approach and performance achievements by player
  • Market trends, drivers and challenges
10 year forecasts for substrates
  • Addressable market at the application level OLED lighting, OPVs and flexible displays
  • Market at the substrate level
  • Market trends, drivers and challenges
  • Relevancy and challenges per target application
Technology Appraisal
Analysts will cover how each of the following technology options work; the advantages and disadvantages of each; 10 year forecasts; case studies; suppliers; technical and market challenges and opportunities:
  • Application requirements
  • Layer characteristics
  • Technical challenges and progress
  • Manufacturing processes (where relevant)
  • Performance measurement techniques and challenges
Dr Jonathan Harrop

20: Biosensors in Healthcare

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  • Typical configurations for biosensors in the healthcare market
  • A critical view of the sector, technologies and industry trends
  • Emerging technologies for the next generation of medical biosensors
Biosensors are used prolifically across the global healthcare market for the diagnosis and monitoring of diseases and health conditions such as diabetes, cancer and infectious diseases. Due to a number of factors impacting the global population, as well as a growing trend of decentralisation and technological advancement, the total addressable market for medical biosensors is expected to grow markedly over the next ten years. This masterclass will detail these factors and draw conclusions on the impact they will likely have on the global medical biosensor market.
The topics covered are:
  • Introduction to biosensor technologies
  • Key trends and disruptions to the market
  • Glucose monitoring
  • Molecular diagnostics (genetic testing)
This masterclass will provide a critical analysis of incumbent and emerging biosensor technologies in the context of the whole market, and how the competitive landscape is expected to change over the next decade.
Franco Gonzalez
Principal Analyst
Dr Lorenzo Grande
Senior Technology Analyst
IDTechEx GmbH

21: Electric Vehicles: Markets, Trends, Opportunities - Land, Sea & Air

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  • Introduction to electric vehicles on-road, off-road, on water and in the air
  • What is successful, what new types will see success over the coming decade - when and why
  • Market opportunity by electric vehicle type with 10 year forecasts
This masterclass addresses the latest progress with hybrid,fuel cell and electric vehicles for land, sea and air. It gives the big picture from the league table of largest EV manufacturers to common factors and components for land, water and air vehicles; and across hybrid and pure electric vehicles.
This masterclass covers:
  • 10 year forecasts in 45 electric vehicle categories including electric cars, pure and hybrid electric; micro cars; two wheelers such as electric scooters, pedelecs and motorcycles; commercial and industrial EVs such as construction, agricultural and mining electric vehicles; marine electric vehicles such as electric boats and vessels and light electric aircrafts. These are explained in terms of unit numbers, average sales price (ASP) and total market value.
  • The differences in the structure of the value chain of these different electric vehicle segments
  • The different drivers behind electrification of these types of electric vehicles.
  • Commercial, research and pioneering activities in different types of electric vehicles.
  • Different types of charging infrastructure required for different types of electric vehicles.
  • Activities of developers of electric and hybrid vehicles - covering land, water and airborne vehicles
  • Progress of companies are compared in relation to market shares per type of electric vehicle category
  • Electroactive polymers and printed PVDF devices
Dr Xiaoxi He
Research Director, Topic Lead

22: Next-Generation User Interface Technologies

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Rapid technological development in areas including consumer electronics, automotive, robotics, home automation and wearable technologies has greatly changed the way how we interact with machines. Over the last century, the human-machine interaction has transitioned from the earliest command line interfaces, to the graphical user interface, and now beyond the touch interface to new intuitive and intelligent options—Natural User Interface. All the technologies within user interface category are undergoing revolutions; these include touch-enabled features such as touch screens, to beyond touch including voice, speech & conversational interactions, gesture, vision, eye tracking, force sensing, perceptive computing and many others. The competitive markets are pushing players to rapidly innovate. Next-generation user interfaces are a core feature enabling leaders to differentiate from traditional players and offer the customers with amazing user experiences.
This masterclass will guide you to explore the next big opportunity in consumer electronics, automotive, robotics, home automation, wearables, etc. It is designed for those who want to get depth understanding of disruptive technologies in user interfaces and who need to expand their existing business and who would like to learn the big picture to assess the markets, challenges and opportunities.
This session will cover:
  • Disruptive technology explanation and assessment
  • Case studies
  • Vertical application market status and analysis
  • Value chains
  • Opportunities and challenges
Technology coverage:
  • Force sensing
  • Haptics
  • Speech UI
  • Vision
  • Gesture
  • Eye tracking and gaze
  • Facial expression
  • Others
Raghu Das

23: RFID & Smart Packaging

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  • Detailed global RFID market assessment with current and forecast sales, value chain analysis and application analysis
  • Assessment of RFID and smart packaging manufacturing technologies and technical requirements
  • Smart packaging case studies, drivers, technologies and costs
  • 10 year forecasts and global trends
In 2016 more than 13 billion RFID tags were sold, up from about 8 billion in 2015. Tag cost is reducing with volume but also with new innovations such as antenna manufacture and chip placement. This session provides the complete picture of the RFID industry, including NFC to UHF RFID. Additionally, smart packaging is also explored, including why, who, what, how and when with case studies presented and technology roadmaps given. The RFID market and use and potential use of printed electronics for smart packaging is explored in great depth in this session. The masterclass will cover:
Detailed global RFID market assessment
  • 10 year forecasts of sales of tags by application and by tag frequency
  • Global RFID market by application
  • Successes and failures
  • Drivers and market adoption trends
RFID tag manufacturing
  • Price tear down
  • Antenna manufacturing options - including printing assessment
  • Chip attach options
  • Key suppliers
Printed RFID and other printed technologies for smart packaging
  • Types of printed RFID technologies and full appraisal
  • Leading developers
  • Market traction
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Integration of multiple printed electronics functionalities
Smart Packaging
  • Case study assessments - what was done, why, cost and level of successes
  • What is driving smart packaging
  • What is coming - pre-commercial technology and solution work from vendors and brands
  • Outlook and forecasts
This session is based on research conducted by IDTechEx on the RFID and smart packaging markets since 1999. It will provide an exceptionally comprehensive assessment of the RFID sector and the opportunities for printed electronics within it.
Luke Gear
Principal Technology Analyst
  • Assessment and progress of established and emerging smart glass technologies
  • Applications: architectural and automotive
  • Case studies and key players
This masterclass provides an overview of the key technologies and markets for smart glass - an electrically active glass capable of generating electricity (transparent photovoltaic), or acting as an electronic shade.
With the increasing penetration of pure EVs and hybrids in global vehicle sales, smart glass, with the potential to top-up EV batteries 10-15 miles per day (a commuting sweetspot), and block heat entering cars and buildings, continues to generate interest.
This class covers conventional thin-film technologies for transparent solar, including CdTe, CIGS, and amorphous silicon, as well as emerging technologies such as organic photovoltaic (OPV), perovskite and quantum dot. Shading technologies discussed include liquid crystal, electrochromic, and Suspended Particle Devices (SPDs). A technology overview of types of electrically active glass will be presented, as well as IDTechEx's insight into key industry players based on new research.
Dr Nilushi Wijeyasinghe
Technology Analyst

25: Advances in Fiber Laser Technologies

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  • Laser technologies and applications explained
  • Recent technology developments and key suppliers identified
  • Emerging trends in laser applications analyzed
  • Market drivers, forecasts and new commercial opportunities discussed
This masterclass explores the existing and emerging applications of fiber laser technologies, and has a particular focus on materials processing. Fiber lasers are a type of laser based on an optical fiber and are a disruptive technology for multiple industries, with applications ranging from automotive manufacturing to structural health monitoring. IDTechEx has designed this session for two types of participants. End-users and potential end-users will gain a deep understanding of the benefits, opportunities and challenges in adopting new laser technologies. Laser source suppliers and laser-integrated machine/instrument manufacturers who want to expand their business will learn about recent advances in laser technologies that create new opportunities within several target industries.
Technology Appraisal
  • Basic operating principles of lasers: how are lasers different to other light sources?
  • Technical overview of fiber lasers: device structure and operation
  • Fiber lasers as a disruptive technology for materials processing, manufacturing and sensing
  • Industry case studies: automotive, aerospace, electronics, 3D printing, medical and defense
  • Laser safety: risks and challenges
Market Appraisal
  • Current market size and segmentation
  • Business landscape analysis
  • Current and future market opportunities
  • 10-year market forecast (2018-2028) for fiber lasers based on new IDTechEx research
Dr Xiaoxi He
Research Director, Topic Lead

26: Biometric Identification

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The cloud connects our world and makes data sharing more easily, which requires identification and verification methods unique, more secure, and more convenient. The concepts of "things that you have" such as passport, tokens, and "things that you know" including passwords, PINs, are therefore gradually being replaced or supplemented with "things that you are"—biometrics.
The demand for improved biometric identification also speeds up the development of relevant technologies and deployment, such as sensor technologies and AI. This master class will focus on the next big thing in biometrics field, covering maturing technologies and emerging technologies, markets and players.
The technologies that will be talked about in the master class include:
  • Fingerprint sensors
  • Voice recognition
  • Face recognition
  • Iris recognition
  • As well as a number of other emerging biometric identification methods
At the end of the master class, you will have a good understanding about how these methods work, who the important players are, latest innovations, technology improvement, the maturity and market status.
Franco Gonzalez
Principal Analyst
Dr Arnaldo Arancibia
Development Electronic / Mechatronics

27: Electric Vehicles: New Material & Component Opportunities

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  • What new materials and components are needed and why
  • Latest progress with these enabling technologies including suppliers and technical progress
  • Ten year forecast for each technology
  • Unmet needs
In the process of electrification of vehicles there is plenty of room for innovation. Petrol car components and systems have evolved during the last 100 years and whilst electric vehicles have been developed for the last 30 years or so, they are still far of being optimized. New materials have been developed recently that are opening new possibilities for new concepts for better performance components. This masterclass explores the evolution of these developments and what could be their impact on future automotive concepts.
Electric vehicles will need new components and new materials given that the energy source, drive trains, motors and control systems are completely different to conventional vehicles. This masterclass will explore the opportunities for new materials and components, covering each of the main categories as follows:
  • Electric motors
  • Range extenders
  • Regenerative braking
  • Energy harvesting, such as thermoelectrics, shock absorbers and conformal PV
  • Thermal materials
  • Energy storage: batteries and supercapacitors
  • Charging systems and charging infrastructure, including wireless charging
  • Light weight and structural functional materials
  • Technologies and systems for autonomous vehicles
  • 3D printing
Attendees will learn about the requirement from vehicle makers based on their vehicle development roadmaps, current state of the technology, suppliers, development trends and areas of focus and undersupplied development areas. In addition, ten year forecasts will be provided for some of the key sectors above, allowing you to quantify your opportunity.
This masterclass covers:
  • The use and impact of emerging technologies such as energy harvesting, supercapacitors, power train systems, wireless sensors and wireless systems and technologies for autonomous vehicles.
  • Latest progress with these enabling technologies including suppliers and technical progress
  • Unmet needs
Raghu Das

28: Internet of Things: Industry 4.0, Smart Home & Smart Cities

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  • Complex landscape explained and analysed
  • Technology capabilities and what is coming next
  • Applications and future markets
  • 10 year forecasts
This masterclass will cover the Internet of Things by examining the applications, case studies and enabling technologies. It will start by addressing the enabling technologies, with appraisal of the different technologies, pricing and capability and limitations. Key providers of each technology and their progress will be covered. This will include:
  • Communications: WPAN, LPWAN and cellular communication options, including 5G.
  • Active RFID and Real Time Location Systems (RTLS)
  • Power for wireless sensors and energy harvesting options and implementations
  • Sensors, standards and other choices explained
The session will then assess the three main application areas of IoT by assessing the applications, key players, successes, failures and market size for each of the following:
  • Industry 4.0 / industrial Internet of Things
  • Smart Homes and Connected Vehicles
  • Smart Cities
Ten year forecasts across a range of market segments will be provided with key trends and unmet needs covered throughout the session.
Dr Jonathan Harrop

29: New Robotics: Transformative Progress In Hardware, AI & New Applications

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Robots are becoming uncaged, mobile, collaborative and increasingly intelligent and dexterous, moving beyond their traditional strongholds to bring automation to previously inaccessible tasks.
Indeed, this new era of intelligent robotics will be one of the great stories of our time, transforming many aspects of our lives in not too distant a future. We are now only at the beginning of this new era of transformation.
In this overview class, we will give you a big picture of how the world of robotics is changing, exploring the applications of new robotics in diverse walks of life ranging from transport to agricultural to material handling to retail to medical care to homes and so on. We will then highlight the key technological trends in hardware and software, discussing why we are only now entering into this new era of rapid progress and innovation in these physically-embodied forms of artificial intelligence (AI).
More specifically, we will cover the following themes:
  • Opening: Introduction to 'new' robotics
  • Background: Review of the technological and market status of robotics today
  • Artificial intelligence: A look at the important techniques, critical progress, and major milestones of the past decade
  • Enabling hardware and physical infrastructure: Analyse the latest trends and challenges in enabling hardware and infrastructure (e.g., sensors, embedded processing, cloud, etc) that underpins the growth in 'new' robotics.
  • Computer vision: Discuss the latest progress in computer vision technology, and showcase its applications in 'new' robotics in agricultural, warehouse automation, and so on.
  • Navigational autonomy and mobile robotics: Discuss the latest progress in technology for navigational autonomy and review the applications of all manners of 'mobile' robotics in logistics & material handling, agricultural, mining, transport, retail, hospitality and so on
  • A look at the future market and trends: share top-level market forecasts for 'new' robotics
It is hoped that the attendees will leave this class with a strong sense of how and why the world of robotics is changing, and how it will bring automations to hitherto inaccessible tasks with far-reaching societal consequences.
Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
Research Director
Dr Fabrice Domingues Dos Santos

30: Sensors & Actuators: Flexible & Printed

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  • Printed sensor technologies
  • Electroactive polymers
  • Key players, market sizes and latest trends
This masterclass will give an overview of sensors and actuators made with printed electronics. Participants will learn about the technology, target markets and value proposition of these devices. Areas where printing adds value will be outlined for each type of sensor (pressure, temperature, optical, touch, electrochemical, etc.). Advantages of flexible sensors, as well as large-area sensors will also be covered and the leading companies in each segment will be presented. For actuators, the main focus will be on new polymers and their applications in haptic feedback, speakers, etc.
During the session, IDTechEx will show the latest trends and identify the commercial opportunities. It will include:
  • The market size today
  • The biggest success so far: the printed glucose sensors
  • Emerging printed sensor technologies
  • Electroactive polymers and printed PVDF devices