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OE-A elects new international Board of Directors

New OE-A Board to represent the entire international value chain of organic and printed electronics

(PresseBox) (Frankfurt, Germany, ) The members of the OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association), a working group within VDMA, reappointed Dr. Jeremy Burroughes, CTO of CDT Ltd. and Sumitomo Chemical Fellow, as the Chairman of the Board of Directors during the annual General Assembly in Munich, Germany. Jaap Lombaers, Holst Centre and Stan Farnsworth, NovaCentrix Corp. are confirmed in their positions as Vice Chairman Europe and North America respectively. Dr. Xiaolin Yan, Guangdong JUHUA Printing has been elected as the new Vice Chairman Asia.


Dr. Jeremy Burroughes, CDT Ltd, Great Britain

Vice Chairman Asia

Dr. Xiaolin Yan, Guangdong JUHUA Printing, China

Vice Chairman Europe

Jaap Lombaers, Holst Centre, Netherlands

Vice Chairman North America

Stan Farnsworth, NovaCentrix Corp., USA

Additional members of the board

Dr. Peter Fischer, Thin Film Electronics ASA, Norway

Dr. Mark James, Merck Chemicals Ltd., Great Britain

Prof. Toshihide Kamata, AIST, Japan

Dr. Stephan Kirchmeyer, COPT.Center, Germany

Thomas Kolbusch, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH, Germany

Dr. Arto Maaninen, VTT – Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland

Dr. Giovanni Nisato, CSEM SA, Switzerland

Dr. Nina Riegel, Osram OLED GmbH, Germany

Thibaud Le Séuillon, Heliatek GmbH, Germany

On behalf of OE-A, Dr. Jeremy Burroughes expressed his gratitude to both Markus Bamberger, Merck and Prof. Reinhard Baumann, Fraunhofer ENAS/TU Chemnitz, for their countless services to the organization. After two respective twelve year periods as Board members, they have decided to no longer run as candidates. "Prof. Baumann has been a member of the Board since its founding and has earned great recognition for his international collaboration between universities and the industry. He has also been a strong and essential proponent of enhancing education to support the members future activities and employment needs", says Dr. Burroughes.

He equally acknowledged Prof. Toshihide Kamata, AIST for his five years of dedicated work as Vice Chairman Asia. "Prof. Kamata significantly strengthened OE-A’s position in Asia and initiated numerous types of cooperation. With this, he provided important impetus for the continuing internationalization of the organization. We are delighted that he will remain on the Board and look forward to his continued support of the OE-A membership in Asia and the rest of the world", says Dr. Burroughes.

"Printed electronics has already been applied in various sectors, ranging from the automotive industry to consumer electronics", explains OE-A Chairman Dr. Burroughes. "OE-A will continue to actively support our industry in its ongoing commercialization. One key point of focus: Continuous education of the potential of the OE-A membership technologies with end-user industries as well as promoting collaboration between OE-A members and the wider industry. This is clearly reflected in the composition of the new Board of Directors". Moreover, the role of the OE-A as association with a European focus, needs to be internationally strengthened. In North America and Asia cooperation with regional associations will be expanded.


The OE-A and Messe München are the hosts of LOPEC, the premier international exhibition and conference for the printed electronics industry. It addresses end-users, engineers, scientists, manufacturers, and investors. LOPEC 2018 will be held March 13th to 15th, 2018 at Messe München, Germany.

OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association)

The OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association) was founded in December 2004 and is the leading international industry association for organic and printed electronics. The OE-A represents the entire value chain of this emerging industry. Our members are world-class global companies and institutions, ranging from R&D institutes, mechanical engineering companies and material suppliers to producers and end-users. Well over 200 companies from Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Africa and Oceania are working together to promote the establishment of a competitive production infrastructure for organic and printed electronics.

The vision of the OE-A is to build a bridge between science, technology and application. The OE-A is a working group within VDMA. More than 3,100 member companies from the engineering industry make VDMA the largest industry association in Europe.

Organic and printed electronics
Organic and printed electronics stands for a revolutionary new type of electronics: they are thin, lightweight, flexible, robust and produced at low cost. It enables new applications, including single-use devices enabling ubiquitous electronics.