The OPE journal Newsletter for March 2020 
OPE journal
Dear Eunji Kim,
With the cancellation of LOPEC 2020, it is now certain that this year will be an extraordinary challenge for our entire industry. The coronavirus has a firm grip on the entire world economy with partially unforeseeable consequences. Nonetheless, staying calm is always good advice.
OPE journal will remain at your disposal when it comes to showcasing new technologies, products and processes – and we will be closely observing the new schedules for tradeshows, conferences, etc.
On behalf of the entire team behind the magazine, I’d like to wish you good health and good nerves in these uncertain times!
Best regards
Martin Hirschmann
Smart EEs2 call for integration of flexible and wearable electronics is now open
SmartEEs2 is an original European acceleration programme dedicated to helping innovative companies digitise their businesses thanks to flexible and wearable electronics (FWE) testing, experimentation and manufacturing support. The programme opened a call for application experiments on 6 March 2020 and set five cut – off dates between June 2020 and August 2021 for the evaluation and selection of submitted proposals. All interested companies, satisfying the criteria, are invited to submit their application experiment proposals.
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Delta ModTech
Delta ModTech takes on the Printed Electronics’ Sector’s Toughest Challenges
Delta ModTech offers converting and coating equipment solutions for manufacturing a variety of printed electronics parts. All Delta ModTech machines are designed and engineered to meet your application requirements, improve your profitability, and reduce your risk. Plan to visit us at IDTechEx Europe and LOPEC 2021.
Delta ModTech
OE-A Business Climate Survey: Printed electronics expects another year of growth
The signs are still set for growth in the organic and printed electronics industry. This is the clear message to result from the latest business climate survey conducted by the OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association), a working group within VDMA. 90 percent of the survey participants expect the industry to continue its positive development in the coming year. The worldwide crisis caused by Covid-19 will however not leave companies unaffected.
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Karl Knauer: Smart eye catchers
They are "beacon projects" in the truest sense of the word, providing the industry with orientation as to where the journey in smart packaging can lead: luminous packaging from Karl Knauer KG (Biberach, Germany).
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LOPEC 2020 cancelled, OE-A General Assembly postponed
The news came Friday in the late afternoon: “Due to the increasing spread of COVID19 in Europe and based on the recommendation of the Bavarian State Government for trade fairs, Messe München feels compelled to cancel LOPEC in responsibility for the health of exhibitors and visitors,” stated a tweet by the organisers of the leading event for organic and printed electronics, which was scheduled to take place from 24-26 March.
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Brewer Science receives Intel’s Preferred Quality Supplier Award
Brewer Science (Rolla, Missouri) has been recognised by Intel as a recipient of a 2019 Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) Award. The PQS Award honours companies that Intel believes have relentlessly pursued excellence and conducted business with resolute professionalism.
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Avery Dennison completes acquisition of Smartrac’s RFID transponder business
On 2 March 2020, Avery Dennison (Glendale, California) announced the completion of the acquisition of Smartrac’s transponder business, for the purchase price of €225M, subject to customary adjustments.
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CYNORA introduces fluorescent blue emitter that gives OLED devices a substantial efficiency boost
CYNORA (Bruchsal, Germany) debuted its first commercial product, a fluorescent blue emitter that promises to significantly improve the efficiency of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) displays used in mobile phones, laptops, TVs, and other applications. The company is an emerging OLED materials leader. The product, known as the cyBlueBooster, employs an advanced molecular design and is >15 percent more efficient than comparative emitters. It can be easily integrated into existing OLED stacks and is available in multiple shades of blue for application customisation. The product aims to help display manufacturers immediately harness untapped efficiencies in the emission layer of their OLED devices.
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European Commission signs €150M grant funding the Graphene Flagship
The European Commission (EC) has signed the €150M grant agreement to continue funding the Graphene Flagship's research and innovation on graphene and related materials from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2023. With this signature, the EC continues its commitment to support the €1bn flagship project, which began in 2013.
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CPI partners with Canadian SME and NRC to overcome bottleneck in graphene oxide production
On 26 February, CPI (Wilton, UK) announced the successful development of a scalable purification process for graphene oxide (GO) production in partnership with Graphene Leaders Canada (GLC) Inc., a Canadian SME, and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). This will overcome a key barrier to future large-scale production of GO, reducing costs and facilitating the adoption of GO to improve performance of industrial products.
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InPrint Milan: Kick-off for Italy
Print tech companies in Italy and Europe have reacted positively to the latest announcement that InPrint Milan 2020, the Italian edition of the international exhibition of print technology for industrial manufacturing, is to be co-located with Viscom Italia, Italy’s premier international trade fair and conference on visual communication.
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PRINSE’20 – 6th printed intelligence industry seminar organised successfully by PrintoCent
The PrintoCent community has organised the world’s biggest theme week around printed intelligence. Main event of the week was the PRINSE’20 seminar, which covered topics including eco-efficiency and sustainability, structural electronics, intelligent diagnostics and the emerging capacity growth in roll-2-roll manufacturing industry with over 60 industry speakers.
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