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Posted: November 5, 2008
DuPont Teijin Films Joins Holst Centre Systems-in-Foil Research Program
(Nanowerk News) 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
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
DuPont Teijin Films is a 50:50 joint venture between DuPont and Teijin
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. More information: www.holstcentre.com