SmartKem’s head of strategic marketing, Dr. Mike Cowin, attended the the 6th Asian Working Group Meeting of the Organic Electronics Association (OE-A) in Seoul, Korea, earlier this month.

Members were joined by those from the KoPEA (Korea Printed Electronics Association) during the two-day event which focused on demonstrating the global perspective on flexible and printed electronics and included a mix of presentations, master classes and a tour of the LG Electronics site.

One of the key highlights was a keynote speech, ‘Current R&D of Flexible and Printed Electronics in Korea’, by Dr Sanyoon Lee, executive director at Samsung Electronics.

He presented the six-year, US$ 190M printed electronics funding program of the Korean government and discussed how OLED and sensors are the key drivers for printed electronics.

The master classes focused on hybrid systems, R2R offset for printed electronics and large area OLED lighting.

The event was rounded off with a tour to the LG Electronics’ development and production department where the latest consumer electronics products, such as an ultra-thin OLED TV and smart home applications – from smart refrigerators to mirror displays – were shown.

More than 140 OE-A and KoPEA members attended during the course of the two days, including representatives from LG Display, Kolong, Device E&G, Nano New Materials, SFA, Unijet, Paru, Protem, Egax, Toba, and KIMMS.

Dr. Klaus Hecker, OE-A managing director said of the event: “We are very pleased with the open atmosphere and discussions at the first joined working group meeting with KoPEA. We are looking forward to continue and expand the good cooperation with South Korea.”.

SmartKem has recently joined the OE-A, the leading international industry association for organic and printed electronics. It represents the entire value chain of this emerging industry and members are world-class global companies and institutions, ranging from R&D institutes, component and material suppliers to producers and end-users.