The OPE journal Newsletter for January 2020 
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Dear Eunji Kim,
My first editorial assignment for 2020 brought me to the innoLAE conference in Cambridge, and I am honestly blown away by the positive impressions that I have gained there. Besides the buzz about current innovations, new processes and products, I experienced a young and diverse community of researchers, engineers, and material scientists that interacts in a fruitful way with the established authorities in the field.
I truly believe that we will only be able to solve the enormous challenges ahead of us – climate change, resource scarcity, elimination of plastic wastes, etc. – if all the generations work together. We need experienced experts who “have seen it all”, but we also need the spirit and energy of younger faces from diverse backgrounds.
Stay tuned for a detailed review on innoLAE 2020 in the upcoming print issue of OPE journal. In the meantime, enjoy reading this newsletter!
Best regards
Martin Hirschmann
LOPEC 2020: Folex presents coated film substrates for wearables and heating applications
At LOPEC 2020, Folex Coating GmbH is showing coated films for the production of printed electronics on an industrial scale (Booth 515). These materials include transparent, conductive coated substrates for e.g. heating applications or sensors.
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CES 2020 wraps: AI and 5G define the future of innovation
CES 2020 ended on 10 January, following a week filled with over 20 000 product debuts unveiling the future of technology. More than 4400 exhibiting companies launched their latest tech products to some 170 000 attendees across more than 2.9M net square feet of exhibit space. From global tech brands to pioneering start-ups, the innovation at CES 2020 could revolutionise markets and change our world for the better.
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OE-A at ISPO 2020: Flexible and printed electronics for enabling smart sportswear
Flexible sensors to monitor your performance, motion and physical conditions, improve your training as well as prevent injuries. Integrated lighting for additional safety or self-heating jackets to increase your well-being. Organic and printed electronics stands for a revolutionary new type of electronics, which are thin, lightweight, flexible, robust and produced at low cost, from organic, polymeric or inorganic materials. The high degree of freedom of design requires a holistic approach in product design to enable this wide range of novel applications.
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ALTANA CO2-neutral by 2025
By 2025 the specialty chemicals group ALTANA (Wesel, Germany) will reduce its CO2 impact from production and energy procurement worldwide to zero. Already in 2020, the company’s entire power supply will be converted to renewable energies. ALTANA will compensate for the unavoidable use of natural gas until 2025 by financing equivalent climate protection projects in the regions where CO2 emissions are generated.
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E Ink and LivingPackets announce sustainable, reusable packaging for eCommerce and logistics
E Ink Holdings (Billerica, Massachusetts), an innovator of electronic ink technology, and LivingPackets (Pully, Switzerland), a creator of revolutionary reusable packaging, have announced THE BOX, a sustainable, reusable packaging solution for businesses and consumers.
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Schreiner MediPharm to showcase new robust RFID pharma label and secure supply chain solutions
“Connectivity” and “Integrity of the Supply Chain” are two hot topics of the pharmaceutical industry to be addressed by Schreiner MediPharm at this year’s Pharmapack in Paris. On 5 and 6 February, in Hall 7.2 at Booth D46, the pharma label specialist will present a special product innovation: a Robust RFID-Label delivering reliable end-to-end functionality from production to final use.
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Imec, TNO and Cartamundi develop flexible tags that communicate with standard touchscreens
Imec, a leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, TNO, and Cartamundi announced that they have developed a flexible capacitive identification tag that communicates with standard touch screens (C-touch). C-touch tags can be integrated in a wide range of paper and plastic based objects such as tickets, certified documents, and payment cards, realising smart products.
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CPI supports smart food-labelling project set to reduce food waste in 2020
CPI has supported the development of a next-generation smart labelling technology aimed at dramatically cutting food waste and health risks across the perishable goods industry.
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Isorg’s full-screen fingerprint sensor supporting multi-finger authentication to be showcased at CES 2020
Isorg (Grenoble, France), a pioneer in organic photodetectors (OPDs) and large-area image sensors, will demonstrate its full-screen Fingerprint-on-Display (FoD) module for improved multi-finger smartphone authentication at CES 2020. It supports up to four fingers simultaneously touching a smartphone display.
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Canatu celebrates opening of new factory
Canatu’s new factory was opened on 20 November 20129 in Vantaa, Finland. The new factory has room to increase the manufacturing capacity 150 times compared to the old Konala factory. In the new site, Canatu introduced the new CNB production line and one of Finland's largest clean rooms. The company has several design wins which will lead to mass production according to their customer's product plans. The first mass production case started in 2015.
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