Since its founding in late 2004, OE-A followed the approach to provide the premier international industry network for the community. “With the continuous growth of membership, the OE-A strengthens its position as the key industry association in the field of organic and printed electronics worldwide,” says Wolfgang Mildner, Chairman of the OE-A Board and Managing Director of Poly IC GmbH & Co. KG. “The number of OE-A members more than tripled in less than four years and we are very pleased about the great support we receive from the major players in Europe, North America, and Asia.”
The OE-A supports its members with numerous services like working groups, roadmaps, conferences, education and training in the area of organic and printed electronics. Recent new memberships reflect that the activities of the OE-A are important for the entire value chain: equipment manufacturer Kammann Machines, device manufacturer Werner Blase GmbH & Co.KG, material supplier Printcolor Deutschland GmbH, and end-users Tyco Electronics and The Marketing Store. They joined the global network of the OE-A and thus contribute to promoting this emerging technology which is currently moving from lab-scale activities to production.
“The OE-A is an integral part of the VDMA division ‘Innovative Business.’ The great international success and the rapid growth of the OE-A underscores the innovative strength of the VDMA and the engineering industry as such,” says Dr. Hannes Hesse, Executive Director of the VDMA.
The Organic Electronics Association (OE-A) is a working group within the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). It was founded in December 2004. OE-A is the key international industry association for organic and printed electronics and represents the whole value chain of this emerging industry. Our members are leading international companies and institutions, ranging from component and material suppliers, equipment and tool suppliers, producers / system integrators and end-users to R&D institutes. More than 100 companies from Europe, the US and Asia are working together to promote the establishment of a competitive production infrastructure for organic and printed electronics. The vision of the OE-A is to build a bridge between science, technology and application. More than 3000 member companies from the engineering industry make VDMA the largest industry association in Europe.
OE-A hosts the premier international conference and exhibition LOPE-C- Large-area, Organic and Printed Electronics Convention – for scientists, engineers, manufacturers and investors. LOPE-C 2009 will take place on June 23-25, 2009 in Frankfurt, Germany.