Flexible OLED For Automotive Lighting: Prospects, Trends And Recent Results (Printed Electronics USA 2016)

Dr Arne Fleissner, Senior Engineer


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Presentation Summary

OLED lighting technology offers design options and quality of light that are unmatched by any other light source for various applications. In our view, automotive lighting will be the first volume application. Rigid, glass-based OLED now meet entry level automotive reliability requirements and in 2016 have entered the automotive market as tail lights in first series production vehicles. Automotive lighting is strongly design driven and is an innovation driver for OLED: Current products feature segmented, free-form, homogeneous emission of rigid OLED panels; in the future, flexible OLEDs will provide the next next key feature of lighting technology for design-driven applications.
We will discuss our approach to flexible OLED for automotive lighting and report on recent progress that provides an encouraging view on the prospects of OLED lighting with a thin and flexible form factor. Special attention will be paid to the results of the BMBF-funded R2D2 research project, in which partners along the value chain have been working on production-capable processes and technologies for flexible OLEDs. Within this project, OSRAM OLED has scaled up the sheet-to-sheet manufacturing of metal-foil based OLEDs which have then been modularised and evaluated in application tests by automotive partners. We will present the R2D2 project's tail light technology demonstrator, which highlights the design freedom that flexible OLED provides for automotive lighting. Finally, we will share our vision for the future of first generation flexible OLED for automotive lighting.

Speaker Biography (Arne Fleissner)

Dr. Arne Fleissner was awarded his PhD in Material Science in 2008 at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. Until 2013 he was working at Cambridge Display Technology, UK, where he developed flexible low-cost low-information-content displays based on all-printed organic light-emitting electrochemical cells (OLECs). Dr. Fleißner joined OSRAM OLED in 2013 to take up one of the key roles in the R&D activities for flexible OLED lighting. Since then he has lead work packages in nationally- and EU-funded projects and has filed over 80 patent applications for OSRAM OLED. His current interest is the development of flexible OLED to meet the stringent automotive robustness and reliability requirements.

Company Profile (OSRAM OLED GmbH)

OSRAM, based in Munich, is a globally leading lighting manufacturer with a history dating back more than 100 years. The portfolio ranges from high-tech applications based on semiconductor technology, such as infrared or laser lighting, to smart and connected lighting solutions in buildings and cities. OSRAM had around 33,000 employees worldwide at the end of fiscal 2015 (September 30) and generated revenue of almost €5.6 billion in that fiscal year. The company is listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt and Munich (ISIN: DE000LED4000; WKN: LED400; trading symbol: OSR). Additional information can be found at www.osram.com External Link.
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