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Development plan for printed electronics industry 2014-12-29
Printed Electronics


Industry overview

The printed electronics industry produces electronics combined with printing technology, as well as materials and equipment required to manufacture such products. This promising industry is expected to have applications in a wide range of fields and achieve rapid growth.

Necessity of policy

The industry needs greater support to raise its competitiveness through more innovative production methods and to develop new markets with creative, convergence-based products.


Implement a suitable technology development strategy for each market stage with a special focus on producing core materials and equipment with domestic technology.

1st stage (Introduction) : Develop alternative technologies for core materials and existing products.
  • Develop technologies that can replace key technologies of display backplanes (e.g. color filter).
  • Improve the functionality of inks for printed electronics, which offer 10,000 times more value-added than general inks.
2nd stage (Growth) : Focus development efforts on manufacturing technologies for convergence-based printed electronics products.
  • Manufacturing technology for versatile and cost-saving wide/super slim RFID tags.
  • Display manufacturing technology for smart labels that can process or transmit information through sensors.
3rd stage (Maturity) : Develop printing technologies for flexible and transparent displays.
  • Manufacturing technologies for various wearable devices that require transparent and flexible displays.
  • Manufacturing technologies for printed OLED lighting panels and flexible solar panels that are bio-environmentally friendly.

Develop human resources and reinforce the capabilities of industry players through an on-demand technology development platform.

  • Provide major universities with a training program using manufacturing equipment from SMEs to develop experts with practical skills and encourage them to join SMEs.
  • Produce detailed technology roadmaps for the three key industry segments of materials, equipment and displays based on market demand, and find and develop B2B cooperation projects such as joint research and business development (R&BD) between printed electronics suppliers and customer companies.

Build basic infrastructure including a reliability test scheme and certification system.

  • Establish testing- and evaluation-related standards, and support domestic and overseas activities to have such standards adopted as global standards.
  • Support experimental production by SMEs with promising technologies and open


  • Printing Equipment for Printed Electronics (2014-2015) [English]
  • Printed Electronics Technology Trend and Market Forecasts (2013) [Korean]