Osram launches OLED pilot production line

Osram launches OLED pilot production line

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By eeNews Europe

The pilot production line enables Osram to manufacture transparent OLED-panels, to double the brightness of the OLEDs and to further strengthen durability and efficiency. In the last stage of expansion the manufacturing costs are expected to decline by 90 percent. “Two years ago, we were the first company to offer serial OLED-products on the market. The new production is a major leap on the way to widespread use,” said Osram COO Martin Goetzeler.

Unlike LEDs, which are already suited for mass-market distribution, OLED is regarded as a lighting source of the future, the company said. Viewed from a technical aspect, OLED, just as its affiliated technology LED, refers to semiconductors that convert electricity into light. While LED emits light in a punctiform manner on the basis of a tiny shining chip, OLED-panels generate a luminous surface. In order for OLEDs to produce light, several organic synthetic materials are evaporated onto a basic material. The luminous layer of OLED has a thickness of approx. 400 nanometers. When switched off, OLED can either display a mirroring effect, be neutrally white or transparent, all depending on the basic material.

The production portfolio at the new plant includes OLED panels and modules as well as complete luminaires. The company said it invested approximately 20 million Euros in building up the production site which covers the entire production and integration process chain. Currently it employs more than 220 people at the location. Over the past five years Osram has invested approximately 50 million Euros in research and development of OLED.


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