Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and several employees of the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS) plan to combine forces with the Zumtobel Group of Austria to form a joint venture company Ledon OLED Lighting.
The new OLED company will be based in Dresden, a key location for OLED technology in Europe. The company, which aims to set up a team of 10-15 highly qualified specialists in its initial year, will be focusing on the development and production of pioneering light modules based on organic light-emitting diodes.
"By setting up Ledon OLED we are one of the early movers investing in this technology of the future. This aligns well with our claim, as innovation leader, to develop pioneering solutions for our customers based on leading-edge technology," explained Zumtobel Group CEO Andreas Ludwig.
The main field of application for the innovative OLED modules will be actual lighting tasks: "We are out to offer our customers new and customised solutions involving the use of high quality OLED light modules in luminaires and signage lighting. Our unique approach in this respect is entirely dependent upon close collaboration between all parties," emphasised Jörg Amelung, co-founder and future Managing Director of Ledon OLED.
Along with the production of OLED panels, Ledon OLED will in particular be developing and manufacturing complete OLED lighting solutions including extremely robust contact and light-conducting elements, as well as concepts for addressing large-scale OLED systems. They plan to draw up a strategic agreement with Fraunhofer Gesellschaft governing pilot production on the Fraunhofer IPMS pilot line in Dresden. This world-beating production line can turn out high-efficiency OLED panels on 370 x 470 mm2 substrates with a cycle time of three minutes.
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Source and images: Zumtobel Group