The production of flexible displays is currently dependent on ITO material, for transparent conductive and encapsulation films. Replacing ITO is proving difficult, with challenges in terms of cost, sustainability and manufacturing scale. The project was set up because throughout Europe, it is proving extremely difficult to develop the manufacture of these alternative materials beyond laboratory scale to the position where they are available in large area quantities, at a price compatible with supporting market growth.
A pan-European research project, Flexibilis, aims to overcome these challenges. Flexibilis is co-ordinated by the UK’s Centre for Process Innovation (CPI). CPI includes Teer Coatings (UK), the University of Bolton (UK), NanoTecCenter Weiz Forschungsgesellschaft GmbH (Austria) and High Tech Coatings GmbH (Austria).
Flexibilis was set up in March last year and is now testing advances in large-area OLED and organic photovoltaic devices, at a pilot production scale.