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Holst Centre is an independent R&D center that develops technologies for wireless autonomous sensor technologies and flexible electronics, in an open innovation setting and in dedicated research trajectories. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia based around roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs.


Holst Centre's fundamentals are to contribute to answering global societal challenges in healthcare, lifestyle, sustainability and the Internet of Things. This is visible through the motivation of its researchers,  its different collaboration models and the choice of its research topics.


Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by imec (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) and is supported by local, regional and national governments. It is named after Gilles Holst, a Dutch pioneer in Research and Development and first director of Philips Research.

Located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from, and contributes to, the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 200 employees from some 28 nations and a commitment from more than 40 industrial partners.



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Posted on Nov 20, 2018

First ever industry demonstration of capacitive communication

Today, at the 2018 European Forum for Electronics Components and Systems (EFECS), Horizon 2020 consortium CAPID has demonstrated prototypes of paper products augmented with new electronic functionality – Capacitive ID (CAPID). It's the industry's first demonstration of CAPID technology which integrates electronics into paper making it possible to connect the paper product to the internet via a touchscreen device. CAPID is a system through which a tiny, flexible tag is inserted into an object. That object — which could be as small as a card or a label — can then be identified when placed on a touchscreen. The potential of the technology is extraordinary particularly when you consider that almost every person in Europe has access to a connected touch device such as a...

Posted on Nov 15, 2018

15-meter roll-to-roll device is world's longest OLED

Working within the framework of Lyteus, Holst Centre and Fraunhofer FEP step into the spotlight with the creation of the world\'s longest single-device OLED. At a stunning 15 meters in length it opens the door to endless OLEDs that manufacturers and designers can then easily tailor to their ...

Posted on Nov 13, 2018

Holst Centre and NovaCentrix light up flexible electronics integration

Holst Centre, a leading innovation center in flexible and printed electronics, and NovaCentrix, a leader in printed electronics manufacturing technologies, have demonstrated a light-assisted technology that speeds up the integration of hybrid electronic systems. Photonic soldering allows standard...

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