Showcasing innovation in printed electronics 05 April 2024

During the LOPEC trade show, which took place March 6th to 7th in Munich, Henkel displayed its innovations for printed electronics solutions, designed to apply to various industry applications. Additionally, Henkel highlighted its development capabilities supported by its broad ecosystem of partners.

Henkel is an industry leading supplier of printed electronics materials and services through the company’s broad Loctite portfolio of functional inks, including conductive inks and paints as well as resistive and dielectric inks. Henkel's portfolio, as well as four decades of material formulation expertise, enable the company´s partners to develop printed electronics applications tailored to the specific properties demanded by industrial customers – for example, in healthcare, automotive and consumer electronics.

“As the leading international platform for printed electronics, LOPEC brings together all relevant global players from research to application,” explains Stijn Gillissen, head of printed electronics at Henkel. “This year, we showcased our expertise with various material innovations with a special focus on self-regulating PTC heaters. We also demonstrated our partnership network across different industrial markets as we strongly believe that close collaborations are key for future innovations.”

To further drive knowledge and foster curiosity about printed electronics, Henkel also supports education initiatives. In collaboration with OE-A, the company initiated an open innovation challenge for university students. Using Henkel´s Qhesive Solutions Sensor INKxperience Kit, students at partnering universities are invited to develop and prototype an innovative idea for a printed electronics application in the smart living or mobility market. Participants delivered a miniature prototype of the solution and transferred the raw data output into a visually appealing dashboard showcasing the final information and data read out of the application.

“Henkel is passionate about education initiatives, and we are proud to have the opportunity to partner with the OE-A in this innovation challenge and be part of the jury panel in selecting the winner,” adds Stijn.

“LOPEC is the ideal platform to showcase and award the creative ideas for printed electronics applications provided by the students. It was exciting to see how the student groups went from written product concept to a functional prototype, with a clear emphasis on the collection of meaningful data,” concludes Juanita Rueda E., junior market strategy manager for Henkel Printed Electronics.

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