Gains being made by companies, universities show more opportunities for conductive inks.
David Savastano, Editor12.14.15
Conductive inks are a critical component for flexible and printed electronics. It is also a sizable market, with IDTechEx stating that the market for conductive inks is currently more than $2 billion, with a large portion of these inks used for solar panels. Still, new technologies are being created, which are driving products toward commercialization.
At last month’s Printed Electronics USA 2015, held in Santa Clara, CA, IDTechEx handed out a wide range of awards. On the printed electronics side, there were five honors handed out. Three of these awards were directly related to conductive inks.
For example, Parker Hannifin was presented with the Best Technical Development Materials Award for developing its own stretchable ink to use for its Electroactive Polymer sensors. The company could not find a supplier with the ink it needed, so it developed its own technology.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell Raytheon was honored with the Academic R&a
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