Smithers Apex to host printed electronics roundtable on car of the future at LOPEC

Smithers Apex has announced its Head of Publishing, Dan Rogers will be moderating the LOPEC roundtable, which will be discussing the opportunities and challenges for printed and organic electronics in automotives.

Panellists from both the printed and organic electronics value chain, and representing the automotive industry, will provide technology and market perspectives on what the future looks like for printed and organic electronics in this exciting commercial sector, and how they will apply to the vehicles of tomorrow. The 45-minute panel taking place on March discussion will address the key talking points, and will also be open to questions from the floor.

The automotive industry is undergoing significant change today, from the impact of electric and hybrid vehicles, to the emergence and development of autonomous vehicles. For instance, Smithers Apex forecasts the autonomous vehicles market will grow from a very small base in 2016, to 17.5 million vehicles sold globally by 2026[i].

There are also major changes being made in the design of vehicles, from reducing bulk and weight, to creating new designs and interfaces in vehicle interiors. The roundtable will discuss these trends, and the impact they will have from both automotive and printed electronics industry perspectives.

LOPEC 2017, which takes place on 28-30 March in Munich, Germany, is the leading international event for printed electronics. It is the leading global platform in the sector and provides support in every aspect of the industry, from research to application.

Smithers Apex has forecast significant growth for the printed electronics market in the coming years. The Smithers Apex report The Future of Functional and Industrial Print to 2020 ( forecasts rapid growth in the coming years: transforming from an already burgeoning $67 billion in 2015 to more than $105 billion by 2020.

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Smithers Apex provides events, market research, publications, strategic and technical consulting to niche, emerging and high growth industries. Markets covered include lighting and displays, clean energy, home and personal care, industrial biotechnology, performance materials and chemicals. Renowned in many of these markets for its high calibre conferences, Smithers Apex has more recently become known for its authoritative market intelligence with a wide range of reports available providing independent market insight.


As the leading event for printed electronics, LOPEC covers all areas of the value chain: research, development, and applications. LOPEC is the leading trade fair for printed electronics. It encompasses every facet of this emerging technology, covering the entire value chain – from research and development to specific applications. For further information, visit

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