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Meyer Burger announces strategic cooperation agreement between Roth & Rau B.V. and Rolic Technologies

editor, 09 August 2013

Meyer Burger Group member Roth & Rau B.V. has signed a far reaching cooperation agreement with Rolic Technologies outlining a joint strategy to develop product offerings for the organic electronics, display, and security markets.

Roth & Rau B.V., a Group member of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN), and Rolic Technologies Ltd announce that they will cooperate on the development and industrialisation of system solutions for organic electronics. The partnership will bring together Rolic’s competences in materials and device fabrication and Roth & Rau's expertise in integrated process equipment. In an initial stage, the companies will develop and offer barrier and encapsulation technologies. These products are seen as enablers for the flexible organic electronics (OE). organic light emitting diode (OLED) and the organic photovottaics (OPV) markets. Further projects involving flat panel displays (FPD) and for security industries will follow. As part of the strategic cooperation agreement. Rolic has acquired an innovative cluster system for barrier coatings in OLED production from Roth & Rau B.V. which will play a key role in the joint technology development projects. Delivery and ramp-up of the equipment is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year.

Rolic’s newly established technical centre in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, will play a pivotal role in accelerating the development of new applications. The proximity of the Rolic’s technical centre and Roth & Rau's R&D facility will resutt in synergies that will quickly bring their joint solutions to market.

“The link to state of the art equipment, processes and materials will offer fast access to manufacturing solutions for advanced display, organic electronics and security products" says Norbert Munzel, CEO of Rolic Technologies Ltd.

“The organic electronics market has shown significant growth over the past years as materials and technologies have matured", comments Claus Uchtenberg, CEO of Roth & Rau B.V. “Innovative materials and production technologies will allow the further reduction of production costs for electronic devices and enable new form factors that cannot be achieved with traditional production processes. With our core competences in vacuum coating and ink jet printing combined with Rolic’s innovative materials, we are in an excellent position to help our customers achieve better device performance, higher yields, and reduce the time to market of their next generation products."

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