Osram gears up for OLEDs

Osram is building a pilot production line for organic LEDs (OLEDs) in Regensburg, Germany.

‘We hold a leading position in the young and promising OLED market,’ said CEO Martin Goetzeler. ‘We want to use the pilot production line to extend our lead and forge ahead with development of the technology and prepare for mass production.’

In the next three years about £40 million will be invested in the production facility and in research on LED applications. Commissioning of the production line – with 200 employees – is scheduled for mid-2011.

The move makes Osram the only major player with production sites for both LEDs and OLEDs in Europe. Osram invests around half of its R&D budget in exploring LEDs and OLEDs.

Osram sale confirmed

As predicted by Lux magazine, Siemens has confirmed that it will sell Osram later this year in a flotation. The German lamps-to-luminaires giant could raise up to £3 billion from investors.

Osram lamps are Which? best buys

Osram’s LED and energy-saving lamps have performed well in the latest bulb test by Which?, the independent consumer organisation. Which? carried out in-depth tests on 40 products from six manufacturers