Merck to Use Epson Technology to Make Ink for Large OLEDs

11/27/2012 9:24 AM 

Darmstadt, Germany, and Tokyo, Japan.  Merck and Seiko Epson Corporation have announced a cooperation and licensing agreement for inkjet inks used in the manufacture of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays. According to the agreement, Epson will supply Merck with ink technology that dissolves Merck's OLED materials so that they can be used for the production of printable displays used in OLED television screens. The financial terms of the business agreement were not disclosed.

The use of inkjet technology for printing OLED displays requires a combination of longlasting OLED materials and ink technology for firing (printing) the OLED materials both quickly and accurately. The partnership will combine Merck's capabilities in OLED materials for inkjet manufacturing with Epson's expertise in technology that converts OLED materials into ink, and allows this ink to be fired from an inkjet printing device.

"We are excited about our strategic decision to partner with Epson, one of the world's leading inkjet-printing technology companies," said Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the Executive Board, Merck. "Our printable OLED materials will greatly reduce manufacturing costs. Combining our technologies with Epson will make the mass production of large OLED displays possible, which until now with current technologies has proven to be financially and technically difficult."

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