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OE-A – Increase of 11% in sales for organic and printed electronics in 2016

The organic and printed electronics industry expects an increase of 13% in sales revenue in 2017

The signs are still set for growth in the organic and printed electronics industry. This is the clear message of the latest business climate survey conducted by the Organic and Printed Electronics Association (OE-A). 80% of survey participants expect the industry to continue its positive development in the coming year.

With a projected sales revenue of 11% in 2016, this will be a successful year for OE-A members – even if the growth is 7% points lower compared to the forecasts in 2015. For the year 2017, a continuation of the positive trend in the organic and printed electronics industry is expected in all areas, from material suppliers to end-users, as well as in all regions: Europe, Asia and North America. The companies expect further advancement and revenue growth of 13%.

Thin, lightweight and flexible are characteristics of organic and printed electronics and these features enable applications in numerous areas. OE-A members in particular target the following sectors: consumer electronics, medical and pharmaceutical, automotive, energy, as well as printing and graphic arts.

The positive forecasts for 2016 are also reflected in other areas. Companies want to continue to invest into expanding production. About one third even want to increase these investments. Survey respondents especially want to expand capacity in R&D activities. Furthermore, there are good opportunities for employees in the organic and printed electronics industry: 32% of the companies surveyed plan to hire additional employees in the next six months.

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Armin Karl Geiger

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