Shanghai, China, 8 March 2010 – The technology group, The Linde Group, and leading Chinese engineering university, Shanghai University, announce today their partnership to explore and develop new advanced packaging solutions for flexible displays to enhance product quality and cost efficiencies.
The joint research and development (R&D) project will take place at the university’s research centre, the Key Laboratory for Advanced Display and System Applications, to explore new gas application techniques for the manufacturing and packaging of flexible display technology. Linde has invested an initial RMB 800,000 (EUR 80,000) for phase one of this joint project.
Linde and Shanghai University aim to develop a new generation of thin-film encapsulation material and packaging solutions for the manufacturing of electronic display technology, especially for flexible organic light emitting devices (OLEDs). In this partnership, Linde and Shanghai University will work together to develop single and composite structures of thin-film encapsulation materials and related gas application techniques, and study the interaction of display devices and different packaging design structures.
Traditional packaging materials and methods have been limiting the development of organic light-emitting display in terms of lighting efficiency, packaging profile and size, design flexibility and fabrication cost.
Linde and Shanghai University’s research results is set to bring significant process, design flexibility and cost benefits to the industry and consumer market with the potential of developing more advanced and compact product designs that integrates display technology. The demand for more flexible LED designs is growing in tandem with the constant evolution of new cutting-edge consumer products and technologies. Studies have shown that OLED has entered a phase of rapid development, and its worldwide shipment forecast will increase to 227 million chips in 2012 from 76 million in 2007.
“At Linde, one of our corporate values is about ‘Innovating for Customers’. We live up to this commitment through our Linde research and development centres all over the world where we develop gas-related solutions for our customers and by partnering leading research institutes akin to Shanghai University for the development of new solutions for industry needs,” said Christoph Laumen, Head of Global Application Development of Electronic Packaging, The Linde Group, “Our application technology expertise, including equipment, process know-hows and gases engineering expertise, is our value added contribution to the growth markets, with emphasis on innovating new solutions for sustainable development of the future.”
Linde’s funding covers the cost of experimental materials, gases, facilities and analysis testing for research purposes. Linde’s engineers from its Shanghai-based research and development centre, the Linde Technology Centre, will also be involved in the project full time. A review on the R&D project findings will be conducted end 2010 to dictate the direction of the project in its next subsequent phase.
“Shanghai University’s research centre is the key laboratory supported by the Chinese Education Ministry, with strong endorsement from Shanghai municipality. We have a wealth of research experience and maintained broad industry communications in OLED and TFT liquid crystal display. With The Linde Group, we are confident that we will achieve breakthroughs in thin-film processing technology in the OLED and flexible organic display packaging. In addition, developing technical solutions using innovative gas application will serve flexible organic display manufacturing with enhanced quality, prolonged work life and reduced cost of high volume production,” said Professor Jianhua Zhang, Head of the New Display Laboratory and Semi-conductor Optotronics.
Linde’s partnership with Shanghai University is one of several research and development programmes in the electronics industry. Linde has as well on-going programmes with Fraunhofer Institutes, Tsinghua University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, involving chip packaging, printed circuit board fabrication and assembly industries.
About The Linde Group
The Linde Group is a world leading gases and engineering company with almost 48,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2009 financial year it achieved sales of EUR 11.2 billion. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards sustainable earnings-based growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services.
Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. Linde is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
In Greater China, Linde is headquartered in Shanghai and has around 50 wholly-owned companies and joint ventures, and more than 150 operational plants in major industrial hubs across the country, with around 2,600 employees.
Linde’s research and development centre in Shanghai, the Linde Technology Centre, was launched in 2009 taking the lead in the development of new high technology industrial gas applications and solutions in China and the Asia Pacific region. This is the first such R&D centre in China to be owned by an industrial gases and engineering company. The centre drives R&D projects in waste water treatment, electronics, laser, metallurgy, welding, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries.
For more information, see The Linde Group web site at www.linde.com.
About Shanghai University
Shanghai University is among China’s top 30 universities. The university currently has 23 schools and more than 2,500 full-time faculty members.
Shanghai University’s research centre, the Key Laboratory of Advanced Display and System Applications, was set up by the Chinese Education Ministry in 2004. There are presently 38 researchers, and over RMB 80 million worth of equipments, occupying a 3000 m2 lab room. The laboratory has contributed to over 150 patents authorised or applied in the field of optoelectronic display.
For more information, see www.fpd.shu.edu.cn.
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