FlexTech Alliance Opens Registration For 8th Annual Flexible Electronics & Displays Conference

Announces Expanded Days & Events - All New Business and Investment Summit - All-Day Short Course Series - More Conference Sessions & Premier Poster Track

Nov 20, 2008, 15:07 ET from FlexTech Alliance

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 University.

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 (heidi.hoffman@flextech.org), or Kay Mascoli (kay.mascoli@flextech.org), or call the FlexTech Alliance at 408.993.8111.

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.

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