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Printed Electronics (PE) is an emerging family of production technologies for the electronic industry, that enables the manufacturing of low-cost, flexible, thin, ingestible devices. The two main technologies used are rotary printing (flexographic, rotogravure printing…) which cuts down production costs and inkject printing which allows design flexibility and manageability of small production quantities.

It is possible to print on paper, plastic and other materials: conductive tracks, RFID antennas, displays, sensors, memories, transistors, batteries, capacitors, up to complete devices.

According to IDTechEX estimates, by 2023 the PE market will be worth nearly 5 billion dollars, excluding conductive tracks, which alone will be worth approximately 3 billion dollars.

Some leading PE companies took part and displayed their solutions at the Printed Electronics event organized by IDTechEX, held in Berlin from 31 March to 2 April, the world's most important conference and trade fair on Printed Electronics (PE).

These included Arveni that it is launching a solution of batteryless and wireless wall switch controls for switching on and off home lights, Algra which produces similar piezoelectric switches for the Smart Home, T-Ink, an American company leader in the design of inks for PE, ISORG that has developed, in partnership with PlasticLogic, an organic image sensor that can detect images with a resolution of 96x96 pixels, Thinfilm that makes memories printed on plastic up to 20bit at a cost of less than 1 dollar, used as anti-counterfeiting labels, Plastic Logic, an Anglo-German company leader in the production of transparent and flexible organic displays, Iontera that made the anti-wrinkle patch that delivers active principles transdermally through iontophoresis, ImprovElectronics that presented a rewritable board based on the pressure sensitivity properties of cholesteric liquid crystals, Ynvisible that developed the sensor tag that measures the moisture level in the soil of pot plants, Clothing+  specialized in the integration of biometric sensors for sports and medical uses in textiles and EPIC Semiconductors, which holds a patent on a technology called nanoCloud Processors (nCPs) to create wearable, battery-free sensors equipped with contactless communication systems.