World's First Application of Flexible OLED on Foil

By Holst Centre, PRNE
Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Holst Centre OLED in Le Mans Race Car Mirror

EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, June 9, 2010 - In this year's 24 hours Le Mans race (June 12-13), the ORECA01 car from
French racing team Oreca will be using rear view mirrors with an integrated
Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) on the back. Since flexible
OLEDs will only be available on the market (and in our homes) within a few
years, the initiators of the project - Huntsman Advanced Materials and Holst
Centre - consider the integration in the composite material of the race car
as a great success.

OLEDs are paper-thin, lightweight devices consuming up to 70% less energy
compared to conventional light sources, making them prime candidates for the
next generation of lighting. Before flexible OLEDs can be commercialized,
there are some research challenges to be solved. OLEDs are sensitive to
moisture and oxygen, and had to be protected in order to maintain a long
lifetime. The success of the OLED integration in the car is dependent on the
encapsulation technology and Araldite(R) composite materials of Huntsman
Advanced Materials.

The OLED itself displays the logo Araldite(R) - a brand that belongs to
Huntsman - and was provided by Holst Centre. Holst Centre and its partners
are amongst the very few who are already able to make flexible OLED lighting
and signage devices. In the field of encapsulation technology and moist
barriers for flexible electronic devices, Holst Centre and its partners are
probably even ahead of all competition. Part of the research was conducted
within the European FP7 program Fast2Light, coordinated by Holst Centre.

For full announcement (including quotes and pictures), legal statements
and contact information, visit

    Koen Snoeckx
    Communication Manager Holst Centre
    Phone +31-40-277-40-91

Koen Snoeckx, Communication Manager Holst Centre, Phone +31-40-277-40-91, Koen.snoeckx at

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