Three questions for...

…Rainer Hundsdörfer,
Chairman of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen in Heidelberg and Plenary Speaker for the LOPEC Conference

How important are printed electronics for your company?

The market for printed electronics, especially for sensors, is a field of the future for Heidelberg. To that end, we founded our own business unit for industrial development, manufacturing and sales, and also set up production at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site. Now, with newly presented sensor solutions, including those for the automotive sector, we have a good opportunity to further expand our business into this segment. The production of sensors using printing technology is significantly more cost-effective than using traditional methods. It also does away with complex assembly processes. In the production of high-tech sensors, we see growth opportunities in the tens or hundreds of millions of euros for us.

What is your specialty when it comes to printing electronic components?

Our core competencies are in printing technology and in the development and manufacturing of electronics. We are best able to utilize these skills in the production of printed electronics, where we also offer system solutions. Our focus is on manufacturing functional films equipped with sensors that record and process data. These include pressure, moisture and temperature sensors, as well as conductive layers.

What are your expectations and hopes for LOPEC?

Together with InnovationLab from Heidelberg, we will be presenting printed sensors for battery monitoring and RECARO car seats at LOPEC. We expect LOPEC to provide the momentum needed to begin series production as quickly as possible. We see potential in nearly all industries and products, as there is a general trend towards printed electronics—one significantly supported by increasing digitalization. This spans from recording the flow of people in supermarkets to monitoring health parameters to intelligent building surveillance using printed sensors in wallpaper and floor coverings.