OLED technology has the potential to become an important technology of the future for displays and lighting. With the commissioning of our new production plant for materials used in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) we have achieved a further milestone in expanding our leadership role in the global display materials market. With an investment volume of € 30 million, the new OLED materials plant is one of the largest single investments we have made at the Darmstadt site in recent years.
Organic light-emitting diodes are semiconducting organic materials that emit light and luminesce when electric voltage is applied. They are particularly suited for use in displays and lighting. OLED displays provide brilliant colors and sharp images, independent of the viewing angle. They have a long lifespan and are highly energy-efficient, thin and flexible. This opens up completely new applications, such as wall-sized displays at airports or train stations. Ceilings of subway cars or trains could also be fitted with OLED information panels.
And developments can go even further: We are currently working on materials for ultra-thin, printable OLED displays that are flexible and rollable – for example, for newly shaped smartphones.