United Kingdom, 23rd February 2005 – Toppan Printing
– a leading information and communications company
of Tokyo, Japan, and Cambridge Display Technology
(CDT) (NASDAQ:OLED), of Cambridge, UK, have just announced
the commencement of Phase Two of their joint programme
to explore alternative printing processes for the
fabrication of displays based on light emitting polymer
Phase One, completed
at the end of 2004, concentrated on proving the feasibility
of using a roll printing process to deposit light
emitting polymer materials onto a glass substrate.
This technique would enable device manufacture based
on roll-to-roll processing with attendant low costs
Phase Two focuses
on the performance of roll printed displays. It aims
to produce displays by roll printing which have lifetime,
efficiency and colour fidelity comparable to displays
produced by ink jet printing. Full colour demonstrators
of VGA resolution and 12” diagonal will be the product
of the next two year program.
Both CDT and Toppan
are very pleased with the results of Phase One and
are optimistic about the prospects for future success.
The first objective of the developments has been accomplished,
and the feasibility of roll printing for this application
was indicated successfully.
David Fyfe, CEO of
CDT, said “The combination of Toppan’s skills in conventional
printing processes and those of CDT in light emitting
polymer ink formulation and device structure, enhance
the chances for success in this promising project
to create very low cost displays”.
Formed in 1900, the Toppan Printing Co. Ltd. is today
a leading company in the information and communications
industry. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Toppan is
an international company with 11500 employees. Toppan
continues to expand its business activities into diversified
new areas by utilizing its core technologies acquired
in printing. These include: packaging, security, electronics,
digital imaging and optronics.
More information about Toppan is available at: www.toppan.com.
Cambridge Display Technology is a global leader in
the research, development and commercialisation of
light emitting polymers (P-OLEDs), which are targeted
for use in a wide range of electronic display products
used for information management, communications and
entertainment. Features include reduced power consumption,
size, thickness and weight, very wide viewing angle,
superior video imaging performance and the potential
for use on flexible display substrates. Current CDT
licensees are actively developing their manufacturing
strategies. CDT floated on the NASDAQ in December
2004 under the symbol OLED, the company is headquartered
in Cambridge, UK. www.cdtltd.co.uk