Bayer MaterialScience AG, one of the world’s largest producers of polymers and high-performance plastics, and Holst Centre, an open-innovation initiative by research organizations IMEC (Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands), have now announced their partnership in the field of flexible electronics. By joining the Holst Centre eco-system, Bayer exchanges its own expertise with the existing network of academic and industrial partners.
Together with leading players in the domain of flexible electronics, Holst Centre subscribes the vision of a smart foils industry. The vision describes a value chain that starts with materials and equipment suppliers delivering to manufacturers of smart foils such as organic light emitting diode (OLED) lighting, battery or organic photovoltaics (OPV). At the end of the chain are producers of smart devices who develop products by integrating foils with various functionalities.
To stimulate innovation and decrease time-to-market in this eco-system, Holst Centre aims at gathering academic and industrial partners from across this value chain around shared technical roadmaps. Already Holst Centre teams up with several global leaders and local startups to jointly develop technologies for flexible electronics such as OLED and OPV.