08/09/2013 | Press release | Archived content
Meyer Burger Group member Roth & Rau B.V. has signed a far reaching cooperation agreement with Rolic Technologies outlining a joint strategy to develop product offerings for the organic electronics, display, and security markets.
Roth & Rau B.V., a Group member of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN), and Rolic Technologies Ltd announce that they will cooperate on the development and industrialisation of system solutions for organic electronics. The partnership will bring together Rolic's competences in materials and device fabrication and Roth & Rau's expertise in integrated process equipment. In an initial stage, the companies will develop and offer barrier and encapsulation technologies. These products are seen as enablers for the flexible organic electronics (OE), organic light emitting diode (OLED) and the organic photovoltaics (OPV) markets. Further projects involving flat panel displays (FPD) and for security industries will follow. As part of the strategic cooperation agreement, Rolic has acquired an innovative cluster system for barrier coatings in OLED production from Roth & Rau B.V. which will play a key role in the joint technology development projects. Delivery and ramp-up of the equipment is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year.
Rolic's newly established technical centre in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, will play a pivotal role in accelerating the development of new applications. The proximity of the Rolic's technical centre and Roth & Rau's R&D facility will result in synergies that will quickly bring their joint solutions to market.
'The link to state of the art equipment, processes and materials will offer fast access to manufacturing solutions for advanced display, organic electronics and security products' says Norbert Münzel, CEO of Rolic Technologies Ltd.
'The organic electronics market has shown significant growth over the past years as materials and technologies have matured', comments Claus Lichtenberg, CEO of Roth & Rau B.V. 'Innovative materials and production technologies will allow the further reduction of production costs for electronic devices and enable new form factors that cannot be achieved with traditional production processes. With our core competences in vacuum coating and ink jet printing combined with Rolic's innovative materials, we are in an excellent position to help our customers achieve better device performance, higher yields, and reduce the time to market of their next generation products.'
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Meyer Burger is a leading global technology Group specialising on innovative systems and processes based on semiconductor technologies. The Group's focus is on photovoltaics (solar industry) while its competencies and technologies also cover important areas of the semiconductor and the optoelectronic industries as well as other selected high-end markets based on semiconductor materials. The Group currently employs around 2,000 people across three continents. Over the past ten years, Meyer Burger has risen to the forefront of the photovoltaic market and established itself as an international premium brand by offering superior precision products and innovative technologies.
The Group's offering in systems, product equipment and services along the photovoltaic value chain includes the manufacturing processes for wafers, solar cells, solar modules and solar systems. Meyer Burger provides substantial added value to its customers and clearly differentiates itself from its competitors by focusing on the entire value chain.
The Group's comprehensive product portfolio is complemented by a worldwide service network with spare parts, consumables, re-grooving services, process know-how, customer support, after-sales services, training and other services. Meyer Burger Group is represented in Europe, Asia and North America in the respective key markets and has subsidiaries and own service centres in China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Singapore, Taiwan and the USA. The Group is also working intensively to develop new markets such as South America, Africa and the Arab region. The registered shares of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd are listed on SIX Swiss Exchange (Ticker: MBTN).
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Rolic Technologies Ltd. is an innovative Swiss high-tech company headquartered in Allschwil (Basel). Rolic modifies surfaces on a nano scale with polarized light to achieve unique optical effects and to manage light. New industry standards were set for LCD TVs, forgery-proof security devices and efficient OLED lighting products.
Highly skilled staff and leading scientists in the Swiss headquarter continually develop, refine and extend Rolic's proprietary core technologies. The subsidiary Rolic Technologies B.V. (Eindhoven, Netherlands) engineers industrial solutions for the global customer basis. Three business units (Display, Security and Organic Electronics) are constantly serving their industries with new innovative solutions for efficient production processes and improved consumer products.
Rolic's roots lie in the liquid crystal laboratories of the Swiss health care company Roche. The latter outsourced the company as a spin-off. Since 1996 Rolic is privately owned and has successfully gained footholds in international markets.