Products, Materials + Tools | Feb 14, 2014

Konica Minolta Announces OLED Breakthrough - Flexible and Color-Tunable OLEDs

Konica Minolta will be showcasing its latest breakthrough technologies at “Light + Building 2014,” the world's largest trade show for lighting and architecture, held in Frankfurt, Germany, from March 30. The company will exhibit demonstration models using flexible OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) lighting panel prototypes with two unique features: the world's first color tunable function* and the world's thinnest* form factor.

Among flexible-type OLED lighting panel. Research by Konica Minolta.
Konica Minolta has been vigorously driving research and development and marketing activities for OLED lighting as one of most promising new businesses. The company's unique core technologies are most effectively utilized in delivering OLED lighting as environmentally responsible and energy-saving products. Over the years Konica Minolta has shown industry-leading achievements, including the world's first commercialization of OLED lighting panel using all phosphorescent emitters (October 2011) and flexible OLED lighting demonstration model at the “2013 Lighting Fair” (March 2013).

Capitalizing on its unique film-making technology, Konica Minolta has successfully developed flexible panels with new additional values: color tunable function and super thinness. The panels will be the highlights of Konica Minolta at “Light + Building 2014.”

The Konica Minolta booth will be designed with “cradle of light” concept: a place where OLED lighting is born, grow and play the principal role in a new culture of light.

Under the communication message “Giving Shape to Ideas,” Konica Minolta will continue expanding potential of OLED lighting, driving strong growth of the business and delivering products supported and required by society.

Overview of Demonstration Models at the Show:
Irodori: The world's first flexible-type OLED lighting panels with color tunable function are designed in layers like peacock feathers. The demonstration model rotates slowly to show its expressive nuance through the changing colors. As the panels adopt different layer construction from that of displays, the color-tunable panels emit light evenly over the complete surface.

Ibuki: The world's thinnest, 70-micron OLED lighting panel floats in the air, fanned by the wind. As if it were a feather falling from the sky, the demonstration model sways in the wind and dances lightly.

Habataki 2.0: The Habataki, showcased at the “Lighting Fair” in March 2013, has gone through further evolution. The flexible panel will give a strong impression of the moment of a fledged bird's leaving the nest.

Reference Model by Ingo Maurer: “Ingo Maurer,” the brand produced by Ingo Maurer, the great master of lighting design, is designing this reference model with Konica Minolta's flexible OLED lighting panels.