The money will be used to increase the manufacturing capacity of the company’s OLED modules, which are aimed at high-end lighting design applications. The extra capacity at Philips’ OLED facility in Aachen, which was originally established as a pilot production line, is expected to be available in 2012.
OLEDs emit a diffuse, energy-efficient light and have applications in the high- end retail, hospitality and residential markets.
‘The thin, flat nature of OLEDs makes it possible to use and easily integrate light in furniture, walls, ceilings or floors in ways that are impossible with other light sources,’ said Rene van Schooten, general manager of the lamps business at Philips. ‘This additional investment in the OLED production facility at Aachen will strengthen Philips’ leadership in bringing lighting innovation to the market.’