Semi acquires Plastic Electronics Conference and Exhibition

Sara Ver-Bruggen - 29 Feb 2012

Global semiconductor industry association Semi has acquired Plastics Electronics Conference and Exhibition, which has been part of the European semiconductor industry event Semicon Europa since 2010.

From left: Heinz Kundert, president of SEMI Europe, Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI, and Ed van den Kieboom, at the ceremony to transfer Plastic Electronics to SEMI.Following the acquisition of the event, the organising committee of industry and academic experts in the field of organic and inorganic large-area electronics (OLAE) will serve as Semi's Plastic Electronics Special Interest Group (PE-SIG). In the coming weeks the PE-SIG's board of around 20 members will be announced, drawn from science and industrial backgrounds. Plastic Electronics Association founder Ed van den Kieboom is chairman.

Samsung's decision to spin off its LCD business to concentrate on OLEDs signals that organic and printed electronics is, at last, on a mainstream trajectory. However, van den Kieboom notes that ongoing efforts are needed to integrate OLAE with conventional semiconductor activity, to accelerate adoption of the technology in more technically challenging and elusive applications, such as logic and memory.

Putting the pieces together

He adds: 'Retaining links with OLAE's scientific community is crucial. Universities and R&D centres are a source for the chemical companies developing semiconductor, and other ink formulations, for this industry.'

The other important part of the supply chain, says van den Kieboom, is the equipment side.

He comments: 'Inks need to be optimised to work with each process be it inkjet, gravure or flexo.'

Semi's membership base is well represented in terms of vacuum and thermal processing tool suppliers for processing silicon and thin-film electronics; but deeper involvement in OLAE will allow the organisation to grow its membership to encompass tool suppliers from the conventional print equipment industry investing in printed electronics, represented by companies such as Toppan Printing in Japan, and Heidelberg in Germany.

PE-SIG will focus its activities on roadmaps, standardisation, industry research and statistics and public policy, with the group retaining its strong influence over the conference programme for the Plastic Electronics Conference.

The 8th edition of the Plastic Electronics Conference and Exhibition will be held in conjunction with Semicon Europa in Dresden, 9-11 October 2012, and will be extended to other regions in the future. For more information, visit the conference website.

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