Holst Centre showcases flexible electronics demonstrators at Automotive Interior Expo in Stuttgart

On June 20-22, 2017, Holst Centre – an open innovation initiative of imec and TNO -  will demonstrate the latest developments in flexible electronics at the Automotive Interior Expo 2017 at Messe Stuttgart.

Holst Centre is at the forefront of the development of flexible electronics, that can be embedded directly into fabrics, plastics and construction materials to create systems that conform to our bodies, the surroundings of our daily life including consumer products, interiors and transport vehicles.


In Holst Centre's hybrid printed electronics program, the best of both worlds of printed materials and silicon based electronics are combined to obtain maximum form freedom. We are able to design fully stretchable systems that can be applied in fabric integration. Bendable systems have been developed for OLED functionalities with a minimum bending radius of 500µm based on substrates even as thin as 25µm. In addition to this, Holst Centre's OLED program has developed opaque and transparent OLED systems with fine patterning for automotive applications and signage.

By carefully tuning thermal and pressure stability we are able to produce prototypes of in-mold electronics (IME) with complex 3D shapes by thermoforming or injection molding processes. These so called smart skins are realized by combining printed electronics with dedicated materials, designs and components. All technologies are ready for upscaling and manufacturing.


The functionalities Holst Centre focuses on are sensor systems like capacitive, pressure, temperature and body monitoring by bio impedance, lighting and sensors by large area OLEDs and LED systems, low power sensor system based on silicon technology and energy related components like (organic) photovoltaics and batteries. For IME technology the user interaction via optical and touch sensing and feedback is key in the developments of applications for automotive and consumer products.


Various functional demonstrators of Holst Centre's cutting edge technologies, including an IDTechEx Award winning car center console with IME technology and a flexible transparent OLED instrument panel, will be on display at our booth (A5256) at the Automotive Interior Expo 2017 in Stuttgart.




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