In 2011 many of Europe’s leading R&D organisations active in the sector united to form Commercialisation of Organic and Large Area Electronics (COLAE), a network project funded under the EU-supported Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) that is designed to simplify and accelerate the commercialisation and adoption of organic electronics technology through the creation of industry clusters.
COLAE aims to raise awareness of the diverse range of applications that can potentially use OLAE technology and to reduce the delivery time to market of these products. One of the key aspects that make OLAE technologies so exciting and important – their multiplicity of applications spanning many sectors – is also what has made this collective of technologies so challenging to convert into industrial supply chains and penetrate the market. COLAE aims to demonstrate the major business opportunities that can be explored and exploited, especially for SMEs across Europe.
As the organic and large area electronics market continues to grow and evolve at speed through the promise of new products, developed with lower cost, low energy processes using environmentally friendly materials, COLAE will provide European organisations access to an unparalleled knowledge base and the know-how to implement OLAE technology. It is doing this by harnessing the resources and expertise of its project partners and making these available to both the existing OLAE industry and new organisations entering the market.
Representing the UK in COLAE are the CIKC and the National Centre for Printable Electronics at CPI. CIKC is leading COLAE’s training work package aimed at end users, designers, scientists and engineers to help them understand and appreciate OLAE technology, its capabilities and commercial value across a diverse range of markets. The training programme combines expert technical support with entrepreneurial guidance.