In the most recent news out of this field, plastics and chemicals supplier Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen, Germany) has signed a license agreement on polymeric organic light-emitting diodes (P-OLED) with Add-Vision, a Scotts Valley, CA-based company specializing in the development of flexible P-OLED display technology for low-resolution displays and specialty lighting applications. Financial details have not been disclosed.
As reported here, only last month Bayer announced it had signed an agreement with Nano-Terra Inc. to integrate that company’s IP into films made of Bayer’s plastics, most notably its Makrolon polycarbonate. Nano-Terra uses nanotechnology and surface engineering to enhance existing products or create entirely new products. Its efforts extend to smart materials and surfaces; flexible electronics such as displays and electronic packaging; fuel cells, batteries, and solar-power devices; sensors; and more. For Bayer, the company will apply its surface engineering expertise to Bayer’s materials to create new surface functionalities.
The agreement between Bayer and Add-Vision grants Bayer MaterialScience and its affiliates certain rights to manufacture and sell flexible P-OLED displays using Add-Vision’s technology and intellectual property portfolio. Karsten Dierksen, VP and director of the Functional Films Polymer Electronics Unit at Bayer, said the license and use of Add-Vision’s IP will be a good complement to his company’s electroluminescence (EL) technology.
The plastics supplier has been busy gaining access to technology it predicts can help it become a one-stop shop for futuristic film technology. Late last year, for instance, it announced it a joint development agreement with Canadian firm Ultimate Holographic Reproductions Inc. (UHR) in a move it said could help drive the broad commercialization of high-quality, true-color holographic images. —[email protected]