SmartKem Ltd are pleased to announce the signing of a joint development agreement with a major Asian display original equipment manufacturer for the manufacture of advanced flexible displays. This collaborative venture will involve bespoke customisation of SmartKem p-FLEX semiconductors for the solution based manufacture of TFT flexible backplane technology, allowing the display manufacturer to bring cutting-edge flexible display based products and applications to market worldwide.
The new agreement calls for SmartKem to formulate, transfer and supply defined quantities of SmartKem p-FLEX materials for flexible display development by its partner. The use of SmartKem p-FLEX will allow the partner to produce high performance TFTs with true flexibility onto plastic substrates through low temperature processing. This will allow the partner a greater manufacturing throughput of flexible display products and enable the commercialisation of fully flexible display technology for consumer applications such as smartphones and tablets.
"SmartKem's ground breaking work on flexible semiconductors and flexible TFT backplanes has paved the way for truly flexible displays. Our joint venture with this new partner further establishes SmartKem's position in Asia by delivering SmartKem p-FLEX to one of the display market's leading players," said Steve Kelly CEO of SmartKem Ltd.
"Together we will develop a customised flexible TFT backplane solution for their new generation of flexible displays," said Gary Tam, Director of Business Development at SmartKem. "This agreement will consolidate SmartKem's position in Asia as a leader in the delivery of solution-based semiconductors to the display industry supply chain."
Featuring high mobility and high stability organic semiconductors, SmartKem p-FLEX materials enable fully flexible display technology. SmartKem have successfully launched its p-FLEX products into the display supply chain with some of the largest players in the market, and were recently awarded the Advanced Materials Development Award at IdTechEx Asia; awarded to the most significant technical advancement over the last 24 months in the field of material development.
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