Printed Electronics, Intelligent Packaging and the “Internet of Things.”

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This article originally appeared in the (04) April 2011 issue of Gravure Magazine

“In a few decades time, computers will be interwoven into almost every industrial product.,”  said Karl Steinbuch, German computer science pioneer in 1966.

Over the next 5-10 years printed electronics will present the printing and the electronics industries with multiple multi-billion dollar opportunities to address essential unmet needs related to healthcare, security, logistics, food safety, communication and sustainability.  For example, there has never been a greater need to develop new ways to support the sustainable distribution and use of  pharmaceuticals or consumer packaged goods. The world’s population is on a steady track to more than nine billion people by 2050, and as it grows, the nature and functions of packaging will need to expand and change dramatically.