tesa is developing new bonding technologies for KONFEKT, an innovative industry research consortium for flexible electronics.
Imagine a smartphone that folds up like a wallet to fit in your pocket, but opens up to reveal a tablet-sized screen. Sound like something you might see in a science fiction movie? Glassmakers are already manufacturing bendable ultra-thin glass and they say foldable glass is just around the corner. With a minimal thickness of 25 micrometers ultra-thin glass is thinner than a single human hair, and in ultra-thin thicknesses of less than 150 micrometers, this glass has proven to be bendable yet stable. Due to its measure of flexibility, the glass can be wrapped onto rolls.
Compared to other substrate materials such as plastics, metals, or silicon, ultra-thin glass offers some serious advantages, including superior optical quality, mechanical resistance, chemical consistency, and temperature stability.
In order to develop new technologies for the use of glass on roll in organic electronics, tesa joined together with other development partners the consortial project KONFEKT, with initial emphasis on the production of future generations of OLED applications.