Tenacity redefined

Our relatively short history belies the amount of innovation Plastic Logic Germany has spawned over the past years. The results have been manifold and include: over one hundred patents (applied and granted); industry awards for achievements in both technology and manufacturing; and becoming the driving force in the field of flexible, glass-free displays, as well as a leading display manufacturer.

Over a decade of experience developing and manufacturing displays

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Diversification and optimization

We are continuing the drive in our identified new markets and delivering displays in commercial volumes. A rigorous program of process optimization has been implemented. Furthermore, we are diversifying to supply backplanes for non-display applications; an example is our work in the LORIX Horizon 2020 project.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2014″ title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:28px;” title_font_color=”#000000″ desc_font_size=”desktop:18px;”]

Building new markets

Our displays are gaining market traction and are already being integrated in a wide range of products around the globe. Examples include the popSLATE and the Tago Arc.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2013″ title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:28px;” title_font_color=”#000000″ desc_font_size=”desktop:18px;”]


Display size diversification

We are now developing and manufacturing more than just one display size. Thus opening up the markets and applications for which our flexible, glass-free EPD can be used. We are already noting great interest from companies developing applications for mobile devices and labels.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2012″ title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:28px;” title_font_color=”#000000″ desc_font_size=”desktop:18px;”]


Higher resolution displays

Further process and technology developments mean we are now able to manufacture even smaller transistors (pixels in the case of a display), resulting in an even higher resolution of 225 ppi.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”May 2012″ title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:28px;” title_font_color=”#000000″ desc_font_size=”desktop:18px;”]


Color and video-rate

Over the past months, our team has been working hard on developing solutions for color and video-rate displays. The close work with one of our key-suppliers leads to the first color displays on show in Q2; for which we are recognized by the industry with two awards. We also unveil another world first: EPD driven at 12 fps by organic transistors.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2011″ title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:28px;” title_font_color=”#000000″ desc_font_size=”desktop:18px;”]


New display design

Transistor and display design improvements mean we can now use less components to drive the display; thus improving efficiency and saving cost.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2010″ title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:28px;” title_font_color=”#000000″ desc_font_size=”desktop:18px;”]


Displays for eReaders

Our team is busy developing a display incorporating a capacitive touchscreen for a large-scale eReader. This work will stand us in very good stead for future customer projects requiring specific support for device integration.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2009″ title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:28px;” title_font_color=”#000000″ desc_font_size=”desktop:18px;”]

 

First manufacturing quality displays

Our team has been working hard on the process and early on in the new year, the first displays for end product integration roll off the line.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2008″ title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:28px;” title_font_color=”#000000″ desc_font_size=”desktop:18px;”]


First displays roll off the line

Soon after the factory is inaugurated, our team successfully produce the first displays. Naturally, they are not yet defect-free, but that won’t take much more time![/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”September 2008″ title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:28px;” title_font_color=”#000000″ desc_font_size=”desktop:18px;”]


Factory opening

The world’s first, commercial, plastic electronics manufacturing facility is opened in September by Wolfgang Tiefensee (Federal Minister for Transport, Building and Urban Development), Stanislaw Tillich (Minister-President of Saxony) and Helma Orosz (Lord Mayor of Dresden).[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2007″ title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:28px;” title_font_color=”#000000″ desc_font_size=”desktop:18px;”]


Over one million transistors

The display technology and process is further developed and we are now able to produce 10.7″ 150 ppi displays.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”May 2007″ title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:28px;” title_font_color=”#000000″ desc_font_size=”desktop:18px;”]


Industrializing the technology

The Board makes the decision to build its own display factory in Dresden, Germany. Here you can see Thomas Jurk (Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs and Labour) laying the cornerstone accompanied by Mayor Dirk Hilbert (Dresden’s Councillor for Economic Affairs) and Dr Engelbert Lütke Daldrup (State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Transport, Construction and Urban Development).[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2006″ title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:28px;” title_font_color=”#000000″ desc_font_size=”desktop:18px;”]


First 10” 100 ppi display

We produce the world’s largest resolution organic semiconductor plastic display (at the time); a 10″ grayscale display at a high resolution with good yield.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2005″ title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:28px;” title_font_color=”#000000″ desc_font_size=”desktop:18px;”]


Pushing the boundaries

Our technology is marked by continuous improvements throughout the year. Some of the highlights include: technology over a large area; from b/w to grayscale (better quality picture); smaller transistors.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2004″ title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:28px;” title_font_color=”#000000″ desc_font_size=”desktop:18px;”]


Transfer to a flexible substrate

We begin working with a renowned EPD manufacturer and are able to produce several new, flexible demonstrators. The example shown is a 2″ 50ppi 80×60 display.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2003″ title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:28px;” title_font_color=”#000000″ desc_font_size=”desktop:18px;”]


Finding the right frontplane

A dedicated R&D drive leads to a further improvement in transistor stability. We also begin the search for a new frontplane.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2002″ title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:28px;” title_font_color=”#000000″ desc_font_size=”desktop:18px;”]


100+ organic transistors

Continued R&D work leads to a new proof of concept; a 50 ppi 80×60 pixel display (still using PDLC on glass) is created.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2001″ title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:28px;” title_font_color=”#000000″ desc_font_size=”desktop:18px;”]


10+ transistors

Originally using polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (PDLC) on glass, the team works on further developing the process; we are now able to produce 10+ functioning organic transistors. The first 1″ demonstrator (4×4 pixels) is created.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”November 2000″ title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:28px;” title_font_color=”#000000″ desc_font_size=”desktop:18px;”]


Company founded

At the Cavendish Laboratory, Professor Henning Sirringhaus and his team develop a process for printing transistors. Together with Sir Richard Friend and Richard Evans, he founds a company; Plastic Logic is spun out of Cambridge University.[/icon_timeline_item][/icon_timeline]