Stretchable Electronics


Electronic devices have traditionally been exclusively rigid, but this is changing. Over the last few decades, material and component companies have increasingly experimented with new form factors for electronic materials and products, offering increasingly mature offerings to the marketplace. In the last few years, some of these products have reached a critical maturity that has allowed them to start to gain market traction and achieve growth. This forum will study this change in form factor behind electronics, moving from rigid, through flexible, to stretchable and conformal.

The introduction of stretchability to electronic systems is extremely diverse. This forum will focus on several key themes in around this development of new form factors and will discuss their individual development, progress and technology themes. These include areas such as the development of stretchable conductive inks, transparent conductive films, and the integration of new materials into these and similar systems to achieve stretchability. It will also look at how stretchable electronics has become central within the emerging world of electronic textiles; bringing the soft conformal form factors from textiles alongside electronic functionality. Finally, it will also look at areas such as in-mold electronics (IME). Here the final component may not be stretchable, but the stretchability is incorporated in the manufacturing process, and therefore must be taken into account for any materials used.

This range of materials and products corresponds to an even more diverse group of target markets and potential applications. However, with the majority remaining in relative infancy, there are many questions that remain about the potential for the introduction of new stretchable components in each case. This forum will address these questions, providing different case studies around companies that are involved in this space.

This forum will be delivered by IDTechEx analysts who have conducted the underlying research into stretchable and conformal electronics, as well as related areas such as conductive inks, electronic textiles, in-mold electronics, electronic skin patches, printed and flexible electronics and so on. This research is based in interviews with key players, extensive travel for global conferences and events, as well as visiting prominent companies working in this area.

For those attending.

  • The PDF files of the presentations will be available to download from this website after the sessions are ended.
  • All Insight Forums will be conducted in English


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Forum 2 / Agenda

20 February / Afternoon
Conference Room: 3F Room B

IDTechEx Japanes Analysts Yasuo Yamamoto, will be available at this Insight Forum for further discussion.

Please join IDTechEx Analysts for lunch and networking from 13:00-14:00


  • 13:00 - 14:00
  • Lunch, networking and registration
    for the afternoon session
  • 14:00 - 14:30

Introduction to stretchable electronics

Compiled by James Hayward, Principal Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Definitions: what counts as "stretchable"
  • Overview of stretchable applications today
  • Historic context for stretchable electronics
  • 14:30 - 14:45

Stretchable electronics today

Compiled by James Hayward, Principal Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Introduction to categories of stretchable electronic products today
  • Market overview for stretchable electronics
  • Overview of different stretchable electronics sectors
  • 14:45 - 15:15

In-mold electronics

Compiled by James Hayward, Principal Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Sector overview
  • In mold electronics technology
  • Players and market dynamic for in mold today
  • Commercialisation opportunities
  • Market data and forecast
  • 15:15 - 16:00

Stretchable sensors

Compiled by James Hayward, Principal Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Sector overview
  • Stretchable sensor technology
  • Players and market dynamic
  • Applications for stretchable sensors
  • Market data and forecast
  • 16:00 - 16:15
  • Networking break
  • 16:15 - 17:00

Electronic textiles

Compiled by James Hayward, Principal Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Sector overview
  • Examples of stretchable electronics in electronic textiles
  • Overview of key materials and components
  • Applications and market opportunities
  • Examples of players and commercial progress
  • Market data and forecast
  • Overall outlook for electronic textiles
  • 17:00 - 17:45

Other examples of stretchable electronics today

Compiled by James Hayward, Principal Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Stretchable interconnects
  • Stretchable actuators
  • Stretchable displays and lighting
  • Stretchable energy storage
  • Stretchable energy harvesting
  • 17:45 - 18:00
  • Summary, Conclusions & Questions With IDTechEx
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Timings and the agenda are subject to change

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