BERLIN, GERMANY: Germany is investing EUR 410 million in printed electronics research between 2012 and 2015. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research recently extended its Photonics Research Germany program. Efforts to commercialize new technologies are also taking off. Just last month, Heliatek opened a new factory for the production of organic thin-film solar panels.
"Printed electronics is generating research results and drawing investors to Germany. Generous R&D programs and private sector investments make Germany a top location for innovative companies," states Max Milbredt, printed electronics expert at Germany Trade & Invest.
Germany Trade & Invest experts will be at this year's Printed Electronics Europe/Photovoltaics Europe, taking place on April 3-4 in Berlin, to share the latest opportunities in Europe's largest market.
The Photonics Research Germany program supports new developments in printed and organic electronics. The program focuses on organic photovoltaics and OLED lighting. In both fields, Germany is already a global technology leader.
"We offer more than R&D. Germany is the largest market in Europe, making it a natural location for companies looking to commercialize and distribute innovative products across the entire continent," continues Milbredt.