PRESS RELEASE: Roth & Rau MicroSystems joins Holst Centre research on barriers for flexible electronics

EINDHOVEN – October 4, 2010 - Leading plasma technology provider Roth & Rau MicroSystems and Holst Centre, an open-innovation initiative by imec (B) and TNO (NL), today announce their partnership on the development of barriers for flexible electronics such as OLED and OPV. In addition to the expertise of other Holst Centre partners, Roth & Rau MicroSystems will specifically look at Roll-to-Roll deposition tools for barrier layers. By strengthening the eco-system around its shared research roadmaps, Holst Centre aims to maintain a leading position in the R&D on a.o. flexible OLED lighting and signage.

For flexible electronics to make the transition from lab to market, finding a good moisture barrier and encapsulation technology is key. Taken into account the low-cost production aspect, candidate technologies must be compatible with Roll-to-Roll manufacturing processes. Holst Centre’s business model allows academic and industrial players from across the value chain to jointly explore the common challenges and road to market.

The partnership between Holst Centre and Roth & Rau Microsystems encompasses the joint development and installation of a Roll-to-Roll PECVD deposition tool. This will be installed alongside the existing Roll-to-Roll facilities of Holst Centre at High Tech Campus in Eindhoven. The tool will be a valuable asset in the programs investigating technologies that target applications such as flexible OLED lighting and Organic Solar Cells (OPV).

Ton van Mol, Program Manager Barriers and Electrodes at Holst Centre: “We are proud to add Roth & Rau Microsystems as a leading equipment supplier to our existing partner network of materials suppliers, equipment developers and end users. Over the past years we have demonstrated world leading results in barrier technologies for flexible electronics. This partnership will help us speeding up their road to market.”

”For Roth & Rau MicroSystems this partnership is a huge potential to expand existing and industry proven large area coating technologies into lighting applications. We start in this joined development based on existing modular system components and barrier technologies developed on batch process systems.” said Michael Zeuner CEO of Roth & Rau MicroSystems.


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Roth & Rau Microsystems’ Roll-to-Roll PECVD line, similar to the one that will be installed at Holst Centre for the research on barriers for flexible electronics.




Large-area white OLED lighting tile developed within the Holst Centre shared research programs.




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About Roth & Rau Microsystems
Roth & Rau Microsystems GmbH is a 100% daughter company of Roth & Rau AG (ISIN DE000A0JCZ51) based in Hohenstein-Ernstthal.
Roth & Rau MicroSystems is a specialized supplier of plasma and ion beam process systems for the microelectronics, optics and photovoltaic industry. High end solutions for ion beam technology are provided for localized ion beam trimming and figuring. In plasma technology, PECVD and RIE applications are addressed with platforms for large area processes. Besides these standard platforms, systems such as roll-to-roll coating machines and systems for large area optical coatings are specialized products of Roth & Rau MicroSystems. Located in Hohenstein-Ernstthal in Germany about 80 employees in system engineering, process development and in mechanical assembling produce our pioneering vacuum equipment.

About Holst Centre
Holst Centre is an independent open-innovation R&D centre that develops generic technologies for Wireless Autonomous Sensor Technologies and for Flexible Electronics. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia around shared roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs.
Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by imec (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) with support from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Government of Flanders. It is named after Gilles Holst, a Dutch pioneer in Research and Development and first director of Philips Research.
Located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 150 employees from around 25 nationalities and a commitment from over 30 industrial partners.
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Roth & Rau MicroSystems GmbH

Marian Hanf
Sales Director
T: +49 3723 4988 18
M: +49 174 34 37 270

Holst Centre
Koen Snoeckx
Communication Manager
T: +31 (0)40 277 40 91
M: +31 (0)612 71 98 43

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