BERLIN Plastic Logic is pioneering a new mass manufacturing process for plastic electronic displays at its Dresden, Germany manufacturing plant, said Konrad Herre, VP of manufacturing.
The first e-display products, due next year, are expected to be business readers. A reader is about the size of a sheet of A4 paper and with all electronics integrated, has the thickness of a few millimeters, Herre said.
But Plastic Logic's concept and conventional display manufacturing have few similarities other than some steps that use the same basic equipment. Process flow and materials are totally different.
"This is a new segment in electronics, not a copy of a display manufacturing process," Herre said.
The tech startup will transfer a prototype line developed in Cambridge, UK, to the company's manufacturing plant in Dresden, which will manufacture the displays and hand them off to an EMS partner to build the final device.
But the manufacturing operation will be far more complex than simply turning out plastic. The engineering team in Dresden will do the complete display with organic electronic backplane and direct electronic interface bonded to the display.
In addition, once the technology is transferred, the Dresden team has to create a specific mass production process.
"This is a brand new technology never used in this configuration for a product based on organic electronic devices," Herre said.