Merck Opens OLED Materials Production Plant

The new production plant enables a fivefold increase in production capacity of OLED materials and can be started up stepwise. (Source: Merck)

The new production plant enables a fivefold increase in production capacity of OLED materials and can be started up stepwise. (Source: Merck)

Merck has opened its new production plant for OLED materials in Darmstadt. After a 14-month construction period, high-purity OLED materials for use in state-of-the-art displays and lighting systems are being produced in the approximately 3,600 square meter building. With a total investment of around € 30 million, this is one of the largest single investments Merck has made at the Darmstadt site in recent years. The plant enables a fivefold increase in production capacity and can be started up stepwise. By 2018, Merck aims to be one of the leading suppliers of OLED materials and deliver from a single source all the chemical materials necessary for OLED displays. The investment in the new plant is thus in line with Merck’s strategic goal to sustainably secure its leading position in display materials.

“OLED technology has the potential to become the technology of the future for displays and lighting,” said Walter Galinat, CEO Performance Materials and Member of the Executive Board of Merck, at the opening ceremony attended by around 200 guests. These included Tarek Al-Wazir, Minister of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development for the German Federal State of Hesse, and Jochen Partsch, Mayor of the City of Darmstadt.

“We invested considerable resources in OLED technology early on and are excellently positioned. This applies to Darmstadt, where our OLED materials are developed and manufactured, and to countries such as Japan, Korea and China, where we operate application labs to work closely with our customers,” said Galinat.

Al-Wazir praised the company’s investment as it “sustainably helps to strengthen the state of Hesse and the Rhine-Main region as a location for the development and production of future technologies such as OLED. The plant reflects the region’s great innovative strength.”

In his speech, Partsch underscored the importance of Merck as a research-based company to Darmstadt, the city of science. “The new OLED materials production plant is a further expression of Merck’s commitment to the Darmstadt site, showing that it is home to top-caliber research, development and production.” (Source: Merck)

Link: Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

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