DOE announces US$10 million of new investments to drive cost-competitive OLED and LED lighting
03 June 2013

The U.S.DoE has announced two OLED lighting manufacturing research and development projects to support energy efficient lighting products. The projects will focus on reducing manufacturing costs, while continuing to improve the quality and performance of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).

While life-cycle costs are attractive, the initial price OLED lighting is currently higher than the price of traditional lighting. The projects announced today will help achieve significant cost reductions in manufacturing equipment and processes, while improving lighting quality and performance

OLEDWorks : $1 million investment

The OLEDWorks project will develop and demonstrate new spray printing equipment that reduces overall manufacturing costs and could help support cost-competitive mass production. This technique will give manufacturers greater spray control to take full advantage of expensive organic materials and maximise the visible light produced from this material.

LG Display and Global OLED Technology sign OLED patent license agreement
13 May 2013

Global OLED Technology LLC (GOT) and LG Display (LGD) have signed a patent licensing agreement that gives LGD access to GOT’s patent portfolio, including intellectual property related to Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AM-OLED) display technology.

GOT will collect royalties under the license agreement, but other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

AM-OLED technology includes a light-emitting diode structure with an electroluminescent layer – organic, carbon-based compounds that emit light when an electric current passes through the OLED. A thin-film transistor (TFT) backplane switches each specific pixel on and off. Compared to LCDs, this configuration enables thinner and lighter form factors, deeper blacks, higher contrast ratio, and superior colour reproduction.

Source: Global OLED Technology

Daniel Carlineo, President and CEO of GOT, said "This agreement with LGD is an important development that reinforces the strength of our patent portfolio." Daniel added "In the past year, GOT has taken the right steps to become an influential player in the OLED industry. We’re confident this license with LGD will lead to additional licenses with display manufacturers."   

US DoE awards four SBIR grants targeting advances in OLED lighting technology
06 May 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science has awarded four Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants targeting advances in OLED lighting technology. The FY13 Release 2 Phase I awards will explore the technical merit or feasibility of an innovative concept or technology.

The SBIR Release 2 Phase I awards related to OLED Lighting are:

Thin Film Electronics share capital increase registered
15 April 2013

Thin Film Electronics has announced that following receipt of payments, the share capital increase has been registered in the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises. The new shares will be delivered in the VPS as soon as practical.

Thinfilm's registered share capital is now NOK 40,257,128.12 divided into 365,973,892 ordinary shares each having a par value of NOK 0.11.

This information is subject of the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

LG Display to invest US$ 650 million in OLED TV line
18 February 2013

LG Display has announced they plan to invest US$650 million (706 billion won) in OLED TV facilities in an effort to strengthen its leadership in OLED technology.

The investment in Gen-8 OLED TV manufacturing facilities, set to be installed in the company's Paju plant in suburban Seoul, is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2013. The new facility is expected to start commericial production in the first half of 2014, with monthly substrate capacity of 26,000 sheets.

LG Electronics has already started shipping 55-inch OLED TVs this month ahead of Samsung

According to NPD DisplaySearch worldwide shipments of OLED panels are expected to grow between 2013 - 2018 as follows:-

  • 2013 - 130,000 units
  • 2018 - 29,960,000 units by 2018
  • 2013 - $295.75 million
  • 2018 - $10.02 billion by 2018 

Public funded OLED project So-Light concludes
08 February 2013

The aim of the €14.7 million So-Light was to combine as many of the materials and component related results into design studies and prototypes in order to strengthen Germany’s leading role in the growing OLED-market. So-Light was supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) over a three and a half year period and addressed the complete value chain, from primary OLED materials through to OLED-lighting applications. Several of the promising innovations created within the project will now be brought to market by the participants of the So-Light project.

Hella car rear-light based on 16 red OLEDs

Figure: Hella car rear-light based on 16 red OLEDs

The project partners Novaled, Sensient, University Muenster, Fraunhofer-COMEDD, Aixtron, Ledon OLED Lighting, Fresnel Optics, Hella, Siteco, BMG MIS and the University of Paderborn/L-LAB cooperated in a variety of OLED technology areas.


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