Up until now, the PE industry has been one of promise, but 2010 has brought more tangible evidence that people see the future of PE is a bright one
David Savastano, Ink World Editor01.20.11
As we head into 2011, it is a good time to look back at the advances that have been made in the printed electronics industry. Up until now, the PE industry has been one of promise, but 2010 has brought more tangible evidence that people see the future of PE is a bright one.
There are two key areas that show this growth: financial investments and new products and partnerships. First, we will take a look at the financial moves that have benefited the industry; second, we will look at the partnerships and products that should continue to drive growth in the coming years.
Merger and acquisition activities indicate interest, as companies look to invest in new technologies and markets. There were a few acquisitions in the PE space, most notably Bayer MaterialScience LLC's acquisition of Artificial Muscle, Inc. (AMI) and 3M’s investment in Printechnologics GmbH.
Artificial Muscle was a 2004 spin-out of the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), with an eye
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