In March 2014, Konica Minolta announced that it is starting to create a factory that will produce flexible OLED lighting panels on a roll technology, that is, using a substrate not in the form of flat sheets, but as a tape rewinded during production from one roll to another.
The company was supposed to start operating in autumn 2014, but it was launched later than planned. It took a long time to master mass production with the new technology. Although Konica Minolta has been manufacturing panels for quite some time, according to the source, only now they are finally available for ordering around the world.
These are small panels suitable for integration into packaging and promotional and souvenir products. Konica Minolta offers four products: two white panels operating at 3.3V and two red panels operating at 2.4V.
The panels of each color are available in two different sizes: 21.4 x 25.9 mm and 30.0 x 50.0 mm with active areas in the sizes 15.8 x 15.3 mm and 15.9 x 43.2 mm, respectively. White panels consume 12 and 35 mA, red panels – 5.9 and 17.1 mA. The brightness in all cases is 500 cd/m2. The red panels can be integrated with an NFC antenna. The panels can be bent in a circle arc with a radius of 40 mm.
The source recalls that Konica Minolta sold its patents and patent applications for OLED displays (over 700 patent families) to Merck this spring.