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Chloé Bois

Chloé Bois

R&D Manager

ICI – the Printability and Graphic Communication Institute

Chloé Bois, PhD is the R&D manager at ICI where she is specialized in printed electronics applications implementation and innovation commercialization since 2014.

She is the holder of a PhD in Process Engineering (Fuel Cell Manufacturing by R2R Processes, 2012, CNRS LGP2, Grenoble, France), and two master’s degrees in Materials Science and in Graphic Arts Communication Engineering from Grenoble-INP, 2009, France.

In 2012, she obtained a JSPS scholarship for postdoctoral research at Tokyo University in Organic Electronics Printing. Bois also completed its scientific background by studying Innovation, Marketing and Communication (2013, IAE, France).

Printed electronics: from lab to fab

Numerous research laboratories develop and publish new materials, methods and pieces of equipment in the field of Printed Electronics (PE). Hence, lab demos demonstrate a bit more every day the promising commercial possibilities of this technology.

However, printed electronics is only a technology. What potentially creates or increases a market is the distinctive use of technology, such as printed electronics, when integrated into a product in order to provide a combination of benefits, features, functions, uses… to serve a need or satisfy a want.

Profitable manufacturing and commercialization emphasize on the strengths of the company; the products are strategically positioned on:

  1. the market cycle (introduction, maturity or decline),
  2. the process structure cycle. It ranges from highly flexible processes, but not cost effective, to systematic processes, with high standardization, mechanization and automation. Thus, processes may be organized in jobs or batch production, assembly line or continuous flow, and
  3. the available human resources. The management type and the required worker competencies vary from generalist to specialist.

Therefore, research and development organizations efforts in the industrialization of PE applications will increase the chances of success when providing fit solutions that acknowledge the product positioning of the company (market stage/process structure/human resources).

For example, industrialization challenges differ when integrating a printed battery in skin attached sensors (jobs flow/new market/high level generalists) or embedded in colour changing beverage cans (produced on continuous line/mature market/specialized work force).

On another note, smart labels and packaging, described as the most promising uses for PE, are mature and currently requiring distinctive features that can benefit from the applications developed using PE. Profitable companies in these markets are mostly favouring highly standardized, mechanized, and poorly versatile productions for commodity products… What an amazing challenge!

ICI – the Printability and Graphic Communication Institute

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