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31 July, 2017 - 11:30 By Tony Quested

Asia-based display maker taking Cambridge tech into mass production

Flexenable Chuck Milligan Truly KK Ho

Truly Semiconductors, one of the leading display makers in Hong Kong and China , has signed a deal to bring Cambridge-based FlexEnable’s flexible organic liquid crystal display (OLCD) technology into mass production on Truly’s lines in 2018.

FlexEnable, which develops and industrialises organic electronics for flexible displays and sensors, has signed a technology transfer and licensing agreement with Truly.

Truly says it has been attracted to the UK technology due to its  high performance allied to low cost manufacturing process; it believes OLCD is the only display technology today that can deliver flexible displays with large area, low cost and high brightness with long lifetime.

OLCD meets the market needs for a range of applications across consumer electronics, smart home appliances, automotive, digital signage and beyond. Truly is the first display manufacturer to adopt OLCD and will implement the process into its existing production lines in Shanwei, China.

The first product samples will be available to commercial partners in early 2018, with volume production expected in late 2018.

KK Ho, general manager at Truly Semiconductors’, R & D centre outlined the broad array of potential applications for the technology. He said: ”FlexEnable's OLCD technology is a breakthrough in the TFT-LCD industry and with its characteristics of thinness, lightweight, and more durability it is going to create lots of possibilities for innovative product design. 

“We have been receiving many enquiries for flexible display technology from several markets – specifically, wearable devices, smart home appliances, electric cars and self-driving cars. This is a pretty exciting display technology and we do believe there is a considerable potential market size.”

FlexEnable CEO Chuck Milligan added: “Truly is a leader in displays manufacturing and a top-level supplier of displays to key market segments to which FlexEnable’s technology can bring great commercial advantages.

“We are already working with brands who use OLCD in their product concepts and who now need access to a volume supply chain to realise some very exciting new product offerings with designs that simply aren’t possible with other types of display. We are excited that Truly has become the first display manufacturer to implement FlexEnable’s game-changing OLCD platform and meet market demand for flexible displays.”

• PHOTOGRAPH: Chuck Milligan, CEO of FlexEnable (left) with Dr James Wong, Chief Operation Officer (COO) and Group Executive Director of Truly (right)

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