Heidelberg invests in production of printed and organic electronics
23 July 2020: Experts predict huge economic potential for printed sensors, forecasting sales of up to a billion euros over the next ten years. That is exactly why, Heidelberg (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG), the current world market leader in offset printing presses, is seizing big opportunity in world of digital technology. The German precision mechanical engineering company has now set up a dedicated business unit for the industrial development, manufacture, and sale of printed and organic electronics. The company has also started production at its Wiesloch-Walldorf site, investing some five million euros in a complete production line for printed sensors. Heidelberg will produce sensors for other digital applications – in particular in healthcare and logistics, and also in the retail and automotive sectors.
Commenting on the new project, Heidelberg CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer, said: “Embarking on the development and industrial production of printed and organic electronics represents a milestone for Heidelberg. Our involvement in the production of high-tech sensors open up the potential for growth in the two- to three-digit million euro range.”
The future industrial printing of organic electronics and the associated software/hardware development represents a first for Heidelberg. The new sensor printing technology makes Germany’s high-tech industry a world leader in this area of development.
Innovative printed and organic electronics technology produces sensors based on conductive inks and functional materials. The new printing technology will ultimately expand existing digital business models and above all trigger the development of new, smart products.