The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft opened its "Center for Organic Materials
and Electronic Devices Dresden"(COMEDD).
The purpose of the center is the development of processes for organic semiconductor
devices such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and organic solar cells.
Minister of Research Schavan expressed her admiration for the innovative structure
of the center, "With the combination of microsystems technology and optics
technology, COMEDD unifies two fields of innovation, which will be strengthened
by this high-tech strategy. Germany will be able to take on a leading role in
international competition. I am confident that the resources from the Federal
Ministry of Research which have been put into the development of the Center
have been well invested".
OLEDs are considered the technology of the future for displays and illumination.
They require no background lighting, provide a perfect picture from every viewing
angle, good color saturation, use little energy and can be applied to large
areas in ultra-thin layers. "An industry for organic illumination will
only be created when we in Europe not only provide development and design, but
if we also manufacture. And only the most modern facilities will allow us to
attain the necessary level of research and development. With COMEDD, we are
expanding our leading position as cluster for Organics in Europe", explains
Prof. Karl Leo, Director of Fraunhofer IPMS.
Thierry Van der Pyl, Director in the European Commission expresses similar
view, "In the past we have often had to watch as technology of European
origin was transferred to foreign countries for volume production. COMEDD is
meant to ensure that both development as well as production know-how stays in
Europe and that jobs will be secured".
Premier Tillich summarized: "Six weeks ago I was five kilometers away
from here at the British company 'Plastic Logic' for the dedication of a new
production facility for the mass production of plastic electronics. The start
of COMEDD today is further proof of the dynamic development of the Dresden region
as a leading site for semi-conducting organic materials".