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Dear Readers,

How do you define progress?

Is progress measured in the

quantity and/or quality of

technological innovations? I don’t

necessarily agree with this

opinion. I’d rather say that real

progress takes place once a

technology is being adopted by a

“critical mass” of ordinary people,

who frequently judge an

innovation differently compared

to the engineers, technicians and

inventors, who are paid to


Let’s take a look at the main

topic of this issue: OLED &

Lighting. The recent success of

the organic LEDs as an alternative to conventional lighting technologies

becomes evident, if we consider the simple reasons that motivate buyers

to switch to new technologies: They are affordable, with a long service

life, allow a wide variety of appealing designs, and emit a type of light

that is often perceived as more pleasant than, for instance, light bulbs or

LEDs. If you can explain the advantages of your innovation within less

than a paragraph (like I just tried to do), you are already halfway along

the path towards true progress!

True progress was also visible at this year’s spring tradeshows LOPEC

and Printed Electronics Europe. From solar films to smart wearables and

pharmaceutical packaging – the increasing maturity of our industry

materialises itself in a growing number of commercialised mass products

(and many projects that are rapidly approaching this stage). In September,

I am looking forward to experiencing even more “progress in action” at

this year’s Touch Taiwan in Taipei. OLEDs and flexible displays, as well as

other fields of organic and printed electronics, will be highlighted this

year. Personally, I find the idea of a fully flexible smartphone quite

exciting. And we are very close to it being realised in large scale!

If you want to stay up-to-date with all the important news and

features from the organic and printed electronics industry, don’t forget to

follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Have a great and inspiring summer!

Best regards

Martin Hirschmann

No 19 | 2017

OPE journal No 19 / July 2017 / 7



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