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Printed Electronics: The ISORG – Grenoble INP-Pagora partnership wins an Industry Prize

Published on May 28, 2015
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March 23, 2015

On 23 March 2015, the Confluences Institute awarded a 2015 Industry Prize to Grenoble-based firm ISORG. This rewards the creation, in conjunction with Grenoble INP-Pagora, of a "Printed Electronics" course geared towards meeting the needs of an emerging job-creating sector, one that has seen the graphic and electronics industries converge.

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Confluences Institute, a think tank set up in France's Rhône-Alpes region, includes stakeholders from the fields of economics, education, research and civil society, following an approach that is both cross-disciplinary and international. The purpose of its Industry Prizes is three-fold: showcasing industrial firms that have conducted projects relating to training and occupational integration, showing that industry can be a path of excellence and illustrating the work of companies alongside education providers.
The Adaptation and Competitiveness Prize, which rewards training initiatives that help individuals adapt to the markets, to the changes affecting professions, to technologies and processes, and to skills shortages, was awarded to ISORG, in the micro-enterprise/SME category. This Grenoble-based start-up develops and manufactures photodetectors and image sensors using organic electronics.

The emergence of printed electronics has been a bona fide revolution. Indeed, printing processes offer a very cost-effective way of transferring material and rendering large surface areas functional. Inkjet printing, screen printing, flexography and rotogravure allow printing on a wide variety of components, including antennae, transistors, condensers, batteries, fuel cells, LEDs, photovoltaic cells and screens. This new job-creating sector is growing day by day.

Companies require new skills to incorporate these technologies into the processes used to manufacture electronic systems and to address fresh innovation challenges. Thus, a partnership was set up between ISORG and the Grenoble INP-Pagora engineering school in the aim of:
  • Developing skills and training programmes in the field of printed electronics for the benefit of firms operating in this emerging sector.
  • Increasing interaction with business when it comes to training and research.
This collaboration was cemented by a number of initiatives: the creation in 2013 of the "Printed Electronics" training module, a course taught by an ISORG engineer, the signature of a work-study contract for one student and two final-year projects offered by the company to Grenoble INP-Pagora engineering students.

The project is original in that it has brought together two sectors that one would think are worlds apart: the electronics and graphic industries. This fusion has brought about the need to create training content tailored to new professions, something made possible by combining the expertise of ISORG and Grenoble INP-Pagora.

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Date of update May 28, 2015

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