Press Release


German OLED Technology Alliance (GOTA) founded

Four German partners have joined forces in the newly founded German OLED Technology Alliance (GOTA): VON ARDENNE GmbH from Dresden, MBRAUN Inertgas-Systeme GmbH in Garching, Notion Systems GmbH in Schwetzingen and Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Reasearch IAP in Potsdam.

The alliance is aiming at bundling the experience of all partners for the development and manufacturing of applications for organic light-emitting diodes (OLED). The partners bring their respective competencies regarding the value-added steps in OLED manufacturing that are based on each other into the alliance in order to present themselves jointly as a supplier of all-in-one solutions. This intention shall be supported by joint sales efforts, especially in Asia.

The GOTA consortium focuses on China, Taiwan and Japan as its main markets and targets various fields of application, which offer a potential for the OLED technology, such as the lighting industry, digital signage applications or displays for smartphones, tablets and TV sets.

VON ARDENNE brings decades of experience in systems engineering and technology development for vacuum coating systems into the cooperation. The company, which is based in Dresden, masters all steps of the structured PVD deposition of the relevant layers – from in-house developed deposition sources to whole coating systems. These layers are, for instance, layers of organic materials, metallization layers, encapsulation layers or barrier layers. Beyond that, VON ARDENNE uses tempering furnaces for optimizing the layer systems.

VON ARDENNE will present their new coating system FOSA LabX 330 Glass at the LOPEC at booth B0/210. This tool is ideally suited for the manufacturing of large-area OLEDs using a roll-to-roll process on flexible glass.

Notion Systems brings many years of experience in developing and manufacturing highly precise inkjet platforms for printing functional materials to the consortium. Notion Systems has implemented many inkjet related industrial manufacturing processes and offers, among other things, entire process solutions for the circuit board and display industry. That includes the printing of active OLED and QLED layer systems in any desired display layout, the printing of passive color filters and thin-film encapsulation processes. Beyond that, the processes developed by Notion Systems can also be applied in other branches of the organic semiconductor industry and beyond, such as the lighting industry and organic photovoltaics.

Notion Systems will present the flexible n.jet platform, which can be used for production processes in the OLED industry and in other high technology industries, at the LOPEC at booth B0/200.

Fraunhofer IAP has been active in organic electronics research for 20 year and focuses on devices for applications such as OLED, OTFT, organic PV, perovskite solar cells, sensors and actuators. In a large clean room, the institute offers several processing technologies. These technologies range from spin coating to material evaluation with laboratory equipment to inkjet printing and slot-die coating on a robot controlled S2S pilot production line for substrate sizes of up to 150 mm x 150 x mm including several evaporation and encapsulation methods.

At the LOPEC, Fraunhofer IAP will present OLED modules and organic solar cells based on flexible and rigid substrates at booth B0/203.

MBRAUN is regarded as one of the leading companies providing solutions for applications under protective gas atmosphere. With the help of these solutions, materials, products and processes that are affected by the influence of air can be developed and produced under certain defined conditions. The fields of application range from pharmaceutical applications and catalysis technologies to bonding techniques and semiconductor technology. Especially in the field equipment for OLED, MBRAUN belongs to the pioneers and has played an instrumental role in OLED research and manufacturing with its technology solutions. The product range of MBRAUN includes laboratory equipment for vacuum and wet chemical coating, handling solutions for the substrate transport in pilot and production systems, surface cleaning processes and encapsulating technology. For the latter, MBRAUN has developed special inert gas cluster solutions for thin-film encapsulation (TFE) of microdisplays on CMOS wafers, which have been successfully used for many years at production scale. The technical concepts are topped off by highly efficient cleaning systems, which enable almost particle-free production conditions even at industrial scale. Together with other companies, MBRAUN has managed to design and sell several systems over the years, which offered customers a coherent solution.

At the LOPEC, MBRAUN will present solutions for the wet coating of rigid and flexible substrate materials, encapsulating solutions for CMOS wafers as well as a pilot concept for the development of OLED prototypes.

 

 

*ABOUT VON ARDENNE


VON ARDENNE develops and manufactures equipment for industrial coatings on materials such as glass, wafers, metal strip and polymer films. These coatings give the surfaces new functional properties and can be between one nanometer and a few micrometers thin, depending on the application. The coated materials are the basis for products such as architectural glass, solar modules or touch screens.

VON ARDENNE is a leading provider of architectural glass coating equipment and coating systems for thin-film photovoltaics. The family-owned company with subsidiaries in China, Japan, Malaysia and the USA relies on customer proximity in order to offer ideal on-site service. VON ARDENNE equipment is in operation in more than 50 countries around the world.

* ABOUT NOTION SYSTEMS GMBH

Notion System develops and provides modular inkjet platforms for industrial manufacturing processes. The applications that have been implemented since the foundation of the company in 2012 range from highly precise 3D printing of optical components and conformable coating processes to highly precise dosage and industrial-scale applications of active sensor, semiconductor and biological materials. Notion Systems relies on the decades of experience of their staff, which they have gained in the development and manufacturing of precise inkjet systems and in scaling up digital printing processes for functional materials.

CONTACT

Dr. Michael Doran
CEO
Tel.: +49-6202-57877-88
Fax: +49-6202-57877-99
E-mail: michael.doran@notion-systems.com

 

 

* ABOUT FRAUNHOFER IAP

The Fraunhofer IAP specializes in researching and developing polymer applications. It supports companies and partners in the customized development and optimization of innovative and sustainable materials, processing aids and processes. In addition to characterizing polymers, the institute also produces and processes polymers in an environmental-friendly and cost-effective way on a laboratory and pilot plant scale. The work of the institute focuses both on synthetic polymers based on fossil oil and on biopolymers and bio-based polymers made of renewable resources. The fields of application are versatile: bio technology, medical and pharmaceutical applications, electronics, optics, packaging, environmental applications and sewage technology and the automotive, paper, construction and lacquer industry.

CONTACT

Dr. Sandra Mehlhase
Tel.: +49 331 568 1151
Fax: +49 331 568 3000
E-Mail: sandra.mehlhase@iap.fraunhofer.de  

 

 

* ABOUT MBRAUN INERTGAS-SYSTEME GMBH

MBRAUN Inertgas-Systeme GmbH has been a leading provider of equipment for working under protective gas atmosphere for more than 40 years. The company serves its customers and markets in Europe, Asia and America with three production sites in Munich, Shanghai and Boston and a global sales and service network. The technology solutions of MBRAUN are applied in almost all stages of the value chain – from laboratory to production scale. Key technologies such as display technology, solar cells and additive manufacturing of Li battery cells constitute the core elements of MBRAUN’s business.

CONTACT

Jerome Soullard
Tel.: +49 89 32669-225
Fax: +49 89 32669-205
E-Mail: j.soullard@mbraun.de