SCHOTT Group Home

Ultra-thin glass in the star-role

Printed Electronics Europe 2014: Roll-to-roll demonstrator for ultra-thin glass impresses exhibition visitors

SCHOTT Advanced Optics really amazed people with its presentation at Printed Electronics Europe 2014 in Berlin. The roll-to-roll demonstrator for rollable ultra-thin glass that was shown here for the first time ever apparently hit a nerve with the companies and research institutes that work with printable electronics.

Coated polymers have often been used in flexible displays, OLEDs and organic photovoltaics, in the past because they are thin, light and flexible. Compared to these polymers, however, glass offers significantly improved barrier properties which are essential for many electronic components.

Ultra-thin glass that is just as thin as a polymer foil offers a unique new solution. The booth was always full too because SCHOTT Advanced Optics was the only glass manufacturer that attended the exhibition. The presentation held by Dr. Elmar Günther, Global Business Development Ultra-Thin Glass, also met with great interest. The many people who listened in wanted to experience live the application possibilities of flexible glass and find out about SCHOTT’s support for customers.

It immediately became clear to them that ultra-thin glass from SCHOTT Advanced Optics is not a vision for the future, but an immediately available alternative for various applications in manufacturing and product design. “Printed Electronics Europe clearly showed that companies with promising product developments for the future will find a highly qualified technology partner in SCHOTT,” Dr. Günther noted.