DuPont Teijin Films, the world’s leading differentiated producer of PET and PEN polyester films, joins the Systems-in-Foil program of Holst Centre, a research initiative of the Flemish and Dutch research centers IMEC and TNO. By getting a major substrate vendor on board, Holst Centre gathers the entire ecosystem of industrial players around its Systems-in-Foil program line.
Flexible, large-area, low-cost electronics have a huge market potential. Studies indicate that the organic electronics market will even exceed the size of the silicon semiconductor market as it is today. One of the two program lines at Holst Centre (The Netherlands) focuses on processes and technologies for Systems-in-Foil, such as large-area printing, electrodes and barriers etc. A.o. Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) are used to demonstrate the progress and possibilities of the investigated technologies.
Dupont Teijin Films joins the Holst Centre program on Flexible Organic Lighting and Signage by bringing in its know-how on foil production. The aim of this Holst Centre program is to design and optimize OLED device concepts and processes that are compatible with roll-to-roll fabrication for lighting and signage applications. By bringing together equipment and materials suppliers with system integrators and device manufacturers around a well-defined roadmap, interactions originate that would not be possible in a scenario where each party sticks to in-house R&D. The agreement was signed between Dupont Teijin Films and TNO, coordinator of the Systems-in-Foil activities in Holst Centre.
Dave Wall, Techology Manager of DuPont Teijin Films: “We recognize the opportunity to participate in the creation of new technologies and markets via the open innovation model operated by Holst Centre. This collaboration will help us to further develop and optimize our products for this emerging area of organic electronics.”
Ton van Mol, Program Manager Flexible Organic Lighting and Signage: “We already have leading industrial players on board like Philips, Solvay, Akzo Nobel and Agfa. Closing the agreement with Dupont Teijin Films, the number one in foil production, acknowledges that the business model proposed by Holst Centre is seen as having the potential to produce added value for the industry. Hopefully, this will trigger even more companies to become interested in our activities.”
About Dupont Teijin Films
DuPont Teijin Films is the world’s premier producer of PET and PEN polyester films, specializes in film products and related services for the speciality, industrial, packaging and advanced magnetic media and photo systems, electrical and electronics markets. The company has reported sales of $1.4 billion and employs about 4,000 people with dedicated marketing, technical and manufacturing operations in every region of the world. Brand names include Mylar®, Melinex®, and Teijin® Tetoron® PET polyester film, and Teonex® PEN polyester film. The business includes existing joint ventures with DuPont-Hongji Films Foshan Co., Ltd., in China. As DuPont Teijin Films offers the broadest portfolio of polyester films of any supplier in the industry and has an unmatched technology platform to continue bringing the most innovative solutions to serve customer needs, it is uniquely positioned to meet the requirements of markets ranging from packaging to industrial, electronics and specialities. Because DuPont Teijin Films seeks to grow and evolve in a way that justifies the trust of its shareholders, customers and the public at large, the highest priority is placed on safety and the preservation of our natural environment. DuPont Teijin Films is a 50:50 joint venture between DuPont and Teijin Limited.
About Holst Centre
Holst Centre is an independent open-innovation R&D centre that develops generic technologies for Wireless Autonomous Transducer Solutions and for Systems-in-Foil. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia around shared roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs. Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by IMEC (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) with support from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Government of Flanders. It is named after Gilles Holst, a Dutch pioneer in Research and Development and first director of Philips Research. Located on the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 100 employees (growing to over 200 by 2010) and a commitment from over 15 leading industrial partners.