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Plastic Electronics To Revolutionise Consumer Electronics?

27 Feb , 2017  

InnovationDB, said to be the world’s largest licensable IP technology database, has carried out a comprehensive study of the production, development and application of plastic electronics. It looks at the big academic research institutes and industrial players, the commercial successes and failures, promising application areas and the challenges this sector needs to overcome.

A small selection of smart phones and OLED TVs using plastic electronics technology are commercially available, with more on the way. Working prototypes of roll-up screens and plastic electronic biosensors have been demonstrated. Bendable smartphones, self-charging laptops and bio tattoos are on the brink of entering the real world.

But the technology specialist believes that now is the time for the consumer electronics industry to adopt plastic electronics more widely, as new devices are set to revolutionise parts of the industry. Benefits will include significantly lower costs, less material waste, lower energy consumption during manufacture, novel physical properties and increased sustainability.

CEO of InnovationDB, Gerald Law, commented: “The plastic electronics sector promises a mind-blowing array of new products and applications – this has thrown the entire sector into disarray. Plastic electronics is a step change in the way we use electronics at every point of the product lifecycle. The total market for plastic electronics is estimated to grow from $26.54 billion in 2016 to $69.03 billion in 2026.”

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