Philips and OLEDWorks signed an agreement that is expected to have significant effect on future direction for the OLED sector of the Philips. On April 28, OLEDWorks announced that they will acquire key parts of Philips’ OLED lighting business.
According to OLEDWork’s press release, Philips will establish a new legal entity and transfer key parts of its OLED business in the next few months. This will include the production facility in Aachen, Germany, and relevant intellectual property. All shares of the new entity will subsequently be sold to OLEDWorks. Once the new company has been established, OLEDWorks will be granted license by Philips to market its OLED light source components under the Philips brand. Philips will remain a distributor of the panels through OEM sales channels.
OLEDWorks CEO David DeJoy explained that this deal will broaden their mission to deliver high performance OLED light engine to a wide range of lighting applications. Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips, added it “will enable [them] to focus [their] business and resources on developing innovative connected lighting systems and services for professional and consumer markets”.
OLEDWorks is based in Rochester, New York. Founded in 2010, OLEDWorks is the only US-based OLED light engine and panel manufacturer. Currently, OLEDWorks is producing 2 models of white OLED lighting panel samples in sizes of 43×101.6×3.2mm and 65x175x2.0mm. There are 2 kinds of color temperatures, 3,000K and 3,500K, with efficiency of 45lm/W, and lifetime of 10,000 hours or longer (LT70 @ 3,000 cd/m2).