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Dear Readers,

It’s been a while since the last OPE

journal, but we haven’t been idle. For

this issue, we delved into the fascinating

topic of “Consumer Electronics & Smart

Labels”. We decided, however, not to

focus on the big TV screens and OLED

displays this time. After all, there will be

a whole issue dedicated to them in

June. We rather wanted to shed light

onto wearable technologies and their

many applications in sports, healthcare,

fitness and entertainment.

At my recent visit to the ISPO

tradeshow in Munich, I noticed quite a

few completely revolutionary wearable

products that might become even

better and less expensive, once our

industry is to add some printed electronics to the equation! As I was assured

by some of the leading experts from our sector at an OE-A seminar during

ISPO, “we are getting there” and great progress has already been made.

To mirror the growing success of our industry, the OPE team has decided

to make a few slight tweaks to our magazine’s concept that we think will

benefit our readers, our editorial contributors and advertisers. On the one

hand, we have further increased the frequency of online news, which is

almost a necessity considering the high number of relevant news we

regularly receive from companies and research institutes. On the other hand,

we have launched the new twitter account @OPEjournal, where you will

find direct links to all of our news as well as further updates on the events

we attend. Finally, we have created a new advertising platform within our

magazine: the OPE journal Suppliers Directory. If you want to know more

about this new and inexpensive advertising concept by means of which your

company can reach over 9500 personalised OPE readers worldwide, please

contact my colleague Nina Pirchmoser via


On that note, I’d like to wish you a successful tradeshow spring

2017. I hope to meet many of you at LOPEC 2017, which will

certainly offer lots of highlights once again. Come and find us

at our own stand, or make an appointment with me directly by



Best regards

Martin Hirschmann

No 18 | 2017

OPE journal No 18 / March 2017 / 7



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