Development in organic electronics has witnessed the collaboration of different companies with various universities to facilitate research for commercial activities. The technological domain has also witnessed the acquisitions of ideas and technologies from independent inventors. The emergence of spin-offs from universities will result in commercialization of innovative ideas which will help to make the organic devices more robust and long-lasting. The key stakeholder initiatives have been identified in organic electronics and are listed below.
The collaboration of Philips and BASF has managed to develop an OLED technology which can be used in the car interior for roof decoration. When switched off, the OLED provides a transparent view outside the vehicle.
Samsung owned company Harman, has showcased both QLED and OLED display to be employed in an automotive. The displays were used for the instrument cluster and other interior parts of the vehicle. Whereas the QLED panel developed by the company is employed for the development of the infotainment system.
LG Electronics and Mercedes have collaborated to develop OLED taillight for Mercedes. The OLED taillight will be comprised of 33 individually controlled red OLED panels. Mercedes is expected to commercialize electric vehicle with OLED display by 2022.
North America provides an attractive opportunity for organic electronics owing to the presence of a huge market for luxury vehicles. There are a few companies developing ultra-high barrier technology. But NA is one of the potential markets for OLEDs and OPVs. Major companies in this region are developing encapsulation technology including 3M, Corning (flexible glass) and GE.
Europe has shown interest in organic electronics with multiple R&D activities focused on flexible electronics. The EU Framework Program also helps organizations to receive funding, especially for developing printed and flexible electronic devices. Beneq, headquartered in Finland, is one of the key providers of ALD technology for depositing barrier films. Rolic Technologies has partnered with Holst Center to develop roll-to-roll (R2R) and sheet-to-sheet (S2S) process compatible barrier film fabrication technology.
APAC is expected to be the initial adopter of organic and flexible electronics. Major encapsulation technology for high-performance barrier film will be developed in the APAC region, particularly Japan and Korea. Companies such as Samsung and LG are seeking avenues to introduce flexible OLED displays in a variety of applications, which requires reliable encapsulation technology. Tera-Barrier, a Singapore-based company has pioneered nanotechnology-based barrier film technology, which holds promise in providing high WVTR barrier performance
According to Automo analysis, few companies such as Porsche and Audi are expected to launch their vehicles with OLED taillights. An increasing focus will be on multi-layered barrier films, which provide better barrier performance than single layered polymer films. Reliable products will be produced which are unaffected by moisture or oxygen. This would lead to increased adoption of next-generation flexible display, lighting, and energy harvesting devices.