June 6, 7, 8 / 2018
Boston, USA

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston, USA

Flexible and Stretchable Electronics

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

This forum will focus on the emerging materials and devices enabling new flexible and stretchable form factors, covering applications in displays, sensors, batteries and solar cells. The forum will discuss specific requirements for each market segment and the underlying technologies.

OLED displays are one of the fastest growing sectors in the display industry. Manufacturers have already started a transition to plastic substrates which offer the benefits of being thinner, lighter and more robust because no glass is used. An example is the OLED display on plastic in the Apple watch. The next phase will lead to conformable and flexible displays, which will all result in a market exceeding $30 billion in 2027.

These are just part of an industry involving flexible, printed and organic electronics which includes photovoltaic technology such as perovskites, as well as flexible batteries used in wearable technology gadgets and healthcare patches. Stretchable electronic materials are also coming to market, enabling new products and innovative manufacturing processes.

The introduction of widespread wearable technology within consumer electronics markets has been one defining feature of the last three years. Many of these products have been direct derivatives of technology from the mobile phone, using commodity components and a 'components-in-a-box' design. However, a lot of effort is now directed at integration in textile, leading to a new generation of electronic textile (e-textile). This session will give a critical and up to date view of the current state of the industry.

What you will learn?

All of these sectors comprise of a complex and rapidly changing technology and market landscape, which can make it difficult to identify genuine opportunities for companies involved or wishing to get involved or to see the current state of play.

This forum addresses both the business and technologies involved - providing deep depth including significant market data to allow you to understand these complex landscapes. 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.

The forum is hosted by IDTechEx, which is widely cited as a global expert on these topics. Research is based on direct interviews with companies, in addition to attendance of conferences and tradeshows around the world. IDTechEx analysts are deeply technical (typically PhD level) and commercially experienced, conducting research from bases in Europe, Asia and USA in eight languages. This event is targeted to those involved in growth strategy, business development, research and engineering, innovation management. It is attended by companies involved in material supply, equipment manufacture, component and device manufacture, OEMs and systems integrators.

This forum can be attended on its own or in addition to the other sessions, which are complementary in subject matter. A discount is available for booking multiple sessions.

For those attending.

  • The PDF files of the presentations will be available to download from this website after the sessions are ended.

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Exhibitor Opportunities

Report Package

Forum 3 / Agenda

June 7 / Morning

Please join IDTechEx Analysts for lunch and networking from 1:00pm-2:00pm

  • 8:30am - 9:10am
  • Registration
  • 9:10am - 9:35am

Introduction to flexible, printed and organic electronics

Compiled by Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx

  • Territorial trends: Europe, Asia, America
  • Case studies of past successes
  • Current and projected market size
  • 9:35am - 10:15am

Plastic and flexible displays

Compiled by Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx

  • Market trends and progress in flexible OLED
  • Latest leading work by Samsung, LG, and other OLED manufacturers
  • Other flexible displays: LCD, e-paper
  • Key technological improvement enabling plastic and flexible displays
  • Market forecasts
  • 10:15am - 10:45am

Flexible Sensors and RFID

Compiled by Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx

  • Wearable flexible sensors: technologies and examples
  • Printed and Flexible RFID
  • Growth drivers
  • 10:45am - 11:00am
  • Networking break
  • 11:00am - 11:40am

Flexible photovoltaic and batteries

Compiled by Dr Xiaoxi He, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Technology assessment of organic PV, DSSC and perovskite
  • Flexible battery technologies and performance
  • Suppliers and applications
  • Market forecasts
  • 11:40am - 12:00noon

Stretchable electronics

Compiled by James Hayward, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Latest development in stretchable inks
  • In-mold electronics
  • Devices made on elastomeric substrates
  • Market forecast by component type
  • 12:00noon - 12:30pm


Compiled by James Hayward, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • E-textile materials, connectors and components
  • Inks for smart clothing
  • Unmet challenges
  • The competitive landscape
  • 12:30pm - 12:45pm

Sponsor Presentation:
Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2)

Farhad Vazehgoo, MassTech

  • 12:45pm - 1:00pm
  • Questions and answers
    followed by networking and lunch
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Lunch
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Timings and the agenda are subject to change

About IDTechEx

Since 1999 IDTechEx has provided independent market research, business intelligence and events on emerging technologies to clients in over 80 countries. Our clients use our insights to help make strategic business decisions and grow their organizations. IDTechEx is headquartered in Cambridge, UK with additional offices in Boston, USA; Berlin, Germany; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, Korea. Learn More

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