Flexible electronics is a new science and manufacturing opportunity to print or deposit ultra-thin electronic components and devices on materials that flex, bend, fold or stretch.
A regional innovation cluster has emerged around the flexible electronics industry in Northeast Ohio. This cluster is rooted in the world-renowned, breakthrough work of the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University, the globally recognized advances in polymer science at The University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University, and a growing number of regional supply chain companies.
The cluster consists of an expanding core group of research and technology centers, component and service providers, large anchor companies, and workforce and economic development organizations that focus on scalable manufacturing of flexible electronics for high-value applications. Member organizations leverage their collective competencies to maximize the ability to find, compete for and capture new funding and business. The collaborative work of these organizations will position Northeast Ohio in the forefront of flexible electronics technology, subsequently attracting revenue, capital and talent from around the world.