Printable Electronics

Printable electronics refers to the methods used to create electronic devices on various substrates including thin film, textiles and paper. Development of printable electronics technology provides benefits for end-users across sectors and has the potential to enable products to be cost-effective, lighter in weight, and to provide more integrated functionality and lower energy consumption in manufacture and use.

Printed Electronics at HVM Centres

CPI is the lead centre for innovation in the printable electronics market, with HVM Catapult Centre WMG also home to key capability in this sector. The HVM Catapult offers world class, open-access capability for the scale-up and commercialisation of new, innovative processes for the manufacture of products containing printed electronics.

Printed Electronic Technologies

The core technology focus is in assets and technology expertise in support of;

  • The manufacture of flexible displays
  • Large area printed light
  • Printed and embedded sensing
  • High-speed integration of printed and conventional electronics
  • And high-performance moisture barriers


The printing of electronic functionality into devices, products and structures opens up a wide range of design opportunities. As printed electronics is increasingly adopted commercially it will lead to the creation of novel products for markets such as print and packaging, healthcare, built environment, automotive and aerospace.