In the region around the city of Norrköping in Sweden, the actors in the area of Printed Electronics and Organic Bioelectronics has joined forces to speed up the market introduction of Printed Electronics and Organic Bioelectronics. This is done under an initiative called Printed Electronics Arena (PEA). The partners in Printed Electronics Arena, the research institute Acreo Swedish ICT and Linköping University, together have 60 researcher and specialists in Printed electronics and are a dynamic development centre for Printed electronics. 

The pilot production activity 

One of the most important resources of Printed Electronics Arena is the Pilot Production Facility called “PEA – Manufacturing”. The objective of PEA-Manufacturing is to stimulate the market introduction of Printed Electronics and Organic Bioelectronics by lowering the threshold for enterprises and start-ups to enter into the field of Printed Electronics and Organic Bioelectronics. This is done by providing a facility in which they can learn how to manufacture Printed Electronics and Organic Bioelectronics, test the technology in their own products and also start pilot production. Companies can either choose to work independently in a laboratory or in consultation with the trained scientists and operators working in the test environment. Expertise is available in areas such as graphic design, physics, chemistry, machine operation and project management.

Pilot production activity  success case and best practice example

From 2008-2013 PEA-Manufacturing has been contributed to around 30 new jobs in the region (Direct: 10, Indirect: 20). In addition PEA-M has produced around 30 product prototypes for evaluation by industry around the world. PEA-M is recognized in the printed electronics community for being pioneering in manufacturing prototype series in high volume printing equipment (e.g. R2R).

How does Acreo's pilot production activity help to overcome the valley of death?

PEA Manufacturing addresses several KETs. Advanced Materials (materials and inks for electronics, bioelectronics and photonics), Micro and nano-electronics, Photonics (solar cells and displays), Industrial biotechnology (organic bioelectronics and biosensors), Advanced manufacturing Technologies (Novel printing and patterning methods for manufacturing of electronics and bioelectronics). IDTechEx find that the total market for printed, flexible and organic electronics will grow from $16.04 billion in 2013 to $76.79 billion in 2023. Still there is, however, no high volume manufactured Printed electronics products on the market, very much due to the valley of death in general and in particular: Lack of (pilot) manufacturing lines that can manufacture full systems (and hybrids). PEA-Manufacturing creates conditions to go from research to production and to transfer the production process to a full scale production.


Contact details

Tommy Höglund
Printed Electronics Arena
Box 787
601 17 Norrköping
+46 (0)11-36 31 28
+46 (0)734-14 10 79


Scheduled events (workshops, tours):

In three workshops with invited attendees Acreo will increase the awareness of pilot line manufacturing conditions. Each workshop is dedicated to a different audience, industry, academia and policy makers respectively. The workshops will be scheduled in October. Further information will become available on   

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