LAOLA – Large-area OLED lighting applications on thin flexible substrates

The project aims to develop large-area lighting applications with organic light emitting diodes (OLED) on flexible substrates. The focus is on ultra-thin glass, which offers advantages over plastic as a substrate due to its excellent barrier properties. For roll-to-roll manufacturing, a qualified substrate winding processes must be integrated into the coating system first. As a further challenge, laser cutting and structuring processes are being developed for substrate separation and interconnection. In addition, efficient protective coatings are being used for the OLEDs as well as transparent electrical contacts that add value to the lighting market. As a result, demonstrators are being developed to demonstrate the performance of the technology. A part of the technologies is being researched in cooperation with partners from the partner cluster in Yonezawa, Japan. The collaborative project is coordinated by Organic Electronics Saxony (OES).

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This impressive flexible OLED is one of the latest OLED processed in roll-to-roll technology within the public-funded joint project LAOLA. The OLED fascinates by a particularly homogeneous light and represents the very successful work of all partners within LAOLA!


Facts and figures


OLED substrate: ultra-thin glass (50 µm) by Nippon Electric Glass, Japan

Encapsulation: stainless steel foil (30 µm) by NIPPON STEEL Chemical & Material Co., Ltd., Japan

Emissive area: 200 × 85 mm

Singulation: by Mitsuboshi Diamond Industrial Co. Ltd., Japan

Processed: in vacuum roll-to-roll technology by Fraunhofer FEP, Germany

Structuring: by Yamagata University, Japan


Funded partners

  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Organische Elektronik, Elektronenstrahl- und Plasmatechnik FEP
  • FHR Anlagenbau GmbH
  • CREAVAC-Creative Vakuumbeschichtung GmbH
  • WOLFRAM Design/Engineering
  • Heliatek GmbH
  • Organic Electronics Saxony Management GmbH

Connected and associated partners

  • 3D-Micromac AG
  • CreaPhys GmbH
  • tesa SE
  • Osram OLED GmbH

Project coordinator

Organic Electronics Saxony (OES)
Würzburger Straße 51, 01187 Dresden

Funded by:
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Funding reference: 03INT509AF
  01.08.2018 - 31.07.2021