Mass production of flexible OLEDs is very close

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Flexible processed with roll-to-roll technology. (Image: FEP) It's very encouraging to see how large organizations and state institutions strive to contribute to the process of oled popularization. More and more people realize how important it is to transition to eco-friendly and natural lighting forms. Recently two events have signaled this tendency - mass-production of flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) may be reaching a critical point. 

As Laser Focus World reports: "...the R2D2 consortium in Germany has begun investigating production-processes and technologies for flexible and shapeable OLEDs, and California-based Kateeva has released an advanced OLED mass-production system.

Funded for two years at 5.9 million euros by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), R2D2 will help develop piece and roll-to-roll manufacturing technology, according to consortium leader Christian May of the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP (Dresden, Germany). May says, “The advantages and disadvantages of these manufacturing concepts as well as possible synergies will be identified. Current challenges of the OLED such as durability, efficiency, and homogeneity of the luminance will be addressed at the same time."

The Consortium sees the solution to the challenge of penetrating the general lighting market in reducing the high production costs for OLED lamps and development of new fields of application and design. 

On another note, Keteeva announces about advancing OLED manufacturing system with a new initiative.

 "... Kateeva (Menlo Park, CA) introduced its YIELDjet FLEX, a mass-production manufacturing system for flexible OLEDs. The first system will ship later this month to a customer in Asia. The YIELDjet FLEX tool was developed to enable

Thin Film Encapsulation (TFE), which is the process that gives thinness and flexibility to the OLED device. It is the first product to emerge from Kateeva’s YIELDjet platform, a precision deposition technology platform that uses inkjet printing to deposit coatings on complex applications in volume-manufacturing environments."

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Overall, the picture looks promising for OLED lighting product manufacturers and distributors. According to a recent market research by IHS (NYSE: IHS), ' demand is expected to grow by more than a factor of four in 2014, and sales will exceed $100 million.

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