SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The FlexTech Alliance (formerly
known as the U.S. Display Consortium or USDC) -- the only organization
headquartered in North America devoted to developing the electronic display
and the flexible, printed electronics supply chain -- today opened
registration for its 8th annual Flexible Electronics and Displays Conference
and Exhibition. Flexible, printed and organic electronics are poised to
significantly impact major industries including displays, energy, sensors and
medical devices, creating a market in excess of $10B by 2012. Capital
equipment and materials investment is expected to witness similar growth.
Companies seeking to profit from this emerging industry opportunity will
attend the 2009 Flex Conference at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in
Phoenix, Ariz., February 2-5, 2009.
Kicking off the three-day technical conference, Dr. Mark Pinto, senior
vice president at Applied Materials, will deliver the keynote address. Dr.
Pinto is General Manager of Applied's Energy and Environmental Solutions group
and the company's Chief Technology Officer. In these roles, he has led the
effort to extend Applied's nano-manufacturing technologies into new markets,
including photovoltaic solar, environmentally efficient glass and solid-state
lighting. "The FlexTech Alliance has made great strides in its new mission to
promote collaboration among public and private industry leaders, academia and
government, and foster the growth of the emerging flexible electronics and
display industry in North America," noted Dr. Pinto. "The greatly expanded
agenda and new offerings at the 2009 Flex Conference are an excellent
reflection of its results in moving this industry forward."
"Bridging the Information Gap" is the theme of the all-new Business and
Investment Summit, scheduled for Monday, February 2nd. The summit will
connect innovators and manufacturers of flexible, printed electronics and
displays with investors and consumer product developers. Keynote talks
include CMEA Ventures and Uni-Solar; along with feature a panel on "Where's
the Beef? -- Real Opportunities in Flexible, Printed Electronics," which will
showcase discussions by Motorola, Cintelliq and Lux Research. Afternoon
sessions will include business strategy talks from Infinite Power Solutions,
Plextronics, Unipixel and Heliovolt.
By popular demand, the Monday short course has been expanded to a full day
Short Course Series with six offerings. Attendees can mix and match morning
and afternoon sessions. The courses cover topics in printing technologies,
flexible and printed electronics, flexible OLEDs, solar and photovoltaic
applications, RFIDs and sensor technology. Courses will be taught by experts
in their field-individuals or teams collaborating together from academia and
industry. Instructors include representatives from Alien Technology, Clemson
University, Cornell University, Holst Centre, Merck and North Dakota State
One of the key goals of the 2009 Flex Conference is to disseminate the
most current information on new and developing technologies in flexible,
printed electronics and displays. As such, the addition of a new Late
Breaking Results Poster Track is an opportunity for industry, academia and R&D
institutions to present their work over all three days of the conference in an
expanded venue. Plus, current data can be submitted as late as January 5th,
to accommodate the most up-to-date developments.
To register for the 8th annual Flexible Electronics and Displays
Conference, go to http://www.flexconference.org. For conference sponsorship
and exhibits information, contact Heidi Hoffman (email@example.com),
or Kay Mascoli (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call the FlexTech Alliance at
About the FlexTech Alliance
The FlexTech Alliance is the only organization headquartered in North
America exclusively devoted to fostering the growth, profitability and success
of the electronic display and the flexible, printed electronics supply chain.
Leveraging its rich history in promoting the display industry as the U.S.
Display Consortium, the FlexTech Alliance offers expanded collaboration
between and among industry, academia, government, and research organizations
for advancing displays and flexible, printed electronics from R&D to
commercialization. To this end, the FlexTech Alliance, based in San Jose,
Calif., will help foster development of the supply chain required to support a
world-class, manufacturing capability for displays and flexible, printed
electronics. More information about the FlexTech Alliance can be found at the
industry portal: http://www.flextech.org.
SOURCE FlexTech Alliance