Nippon and Saint-Gobain reach agreement on OLED lighting joint venture

Nippon Electric Glass and Saint-Gobain have reached an agreement regarding a joint venture to develop, manufacture and sell glass substrates with IEL.

Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd (NEG) has reached an agreement with the Saint-Gobain Group on launching a joint venture to develop, manufacture and sell glass substrates with IEL (Internal Extraction Layer, a layer formed on a substrate to efficiently extract to outside the light generated in OLED layers. It contributes to the improvement of the luminous efficiency of OLED) for organic light emitting diode (OLED) lighting. To spread the use of OLED lighting, further improvement of luminous efficiency (light extraction efficiency) is a crucial task. By combining the Saint-Gobain Group’s innovative basic research capabilities in this field with NEG’s technology, know-how and knowledge in glass composition/manufacturing process development, the joint venture will manufacture and provide the world market with high-performance IEL-equipped glass substrates. NEG has already developed several kinds of substrates for OLED lighting, including an ultra-thin glass and, a high refractive index glass and is currently proceeding with sample operations. In partnership with the Saint-Gobain Group, NEG will offer attractive solutions with its high-performance glass products in the OLED lighting market, which has high growth potential, aiming to expand its business into the field of next-generation lighting.