Schott develops new lighting technology

The German glass manufacturer Schott is developing new lighting technology based on OLED (organic light emitting diodes) which could lead to a revolution in flat lighting and displays. OLED“s are tin…

The German glass manufacturer Schott is developing new lighting technology based on OLED (organic light emitting diodes) which could lead to a revolution in flat lighting and displays. OLED“s are tiny but can be grouped together to produce flat light bulbs a few millimetres thick. They are also lightweight, flexible and long-lasting. They make ideal screens for computers, laptops or mobiles and are much more energy-efficient than the usual LCDs (liquid crystal displays). Schott is planning to begin production in 2003. A4-sized lamps in a range of colours will be available. Meantime its development is being carried out at an IBM site in Hechtsheim. The organic materials may be produced by Covion, Bayer or Dow Chemical. Market research by Stanford Resources suggests that these new displays could generate turnover volume of US$ 5 billion by 2005, but more detailed research into the market is required.