Meissen Manufactory and Fraunhofer COMEDD announce cooperation in the field of innovative porcelain luminaires

June 4, 2012
Date Announced: 04 Jun 2012 Craftsmanship Meets High-TechDresden - The manufactory MEISSEN and the Fraunhofer Center for Organic Materials and Electronic Devices Dresden COMEDD announced today that they will cooperate in the field of innovative porcelain luminaires. As early as the worldwide home furnishing trade fair Salone Internazionale del Mobile in April 2013, the first collection of MEISSEN HOME® using the Fraunhofer OLED technology will be presented at Villa MEISSEN in Milano. OLEDs are organic light-emitting diodes which as the first truly area light source will offer completely new design possibilities.With its new business area MEISSEN HOME® the manufactory MEISSEN presents itself as a full range supplier for high-end interiors. In addition to floorings and wall coverings, furniture and fabrics, MEISSEN sees potential for significant growth in the area of lighting. ‘In projects for interior fittings, the investment share for lamps is frequently around 60%’ is how Dr. Christian Kurtzke, MEISSEN´s CEO, explains the strategy. ‘I see – especially in connection with the auspicious OLED technology – great potential, and I’m confident that MEISSEN will in the long term be able to position itself as the leading provider of porcelain lamps in the market. By bundling the competence of two companies in Saxony, we will stand out clearly from our competitors, and we will be able to offer not just beauty, but also impressive functions.’Fraunhofer COMEDD is one of the global leaders in the field of OLED technology. In addition to the high energy efficiency of this form of lighting, which comes from thin surfaces, organic light-emitting diodes make a wide range of new uses possible, like dynamically controllable or transparent light elements. ‘For us as an application-oriented technology centre, the cooperation with MEISSEN offers the opportunity to combine the latest high-tech innovations with unique craftsmanship’, declares Prof. Dr. Karl Leo, Fraunhofer COMEDD’s director.About COMEDD:In recent years, Dresden has become a centre of research on organic semiconductor materials and systems. In order to make the results useful for production, a further optimisation of the production processes and the establishment and testing of pilot production plants are necessary. For this reason, a Center for Organic Materials and Electronic Devices Dresden (COMEDD) was established at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS). COMEDD – by now a proper subdivision of the Fraunhofer IPMS – combines research and development activities for the production, integration, and technology development of electronic construction components based on organic semiconductors. COMEDD’s mission is the customer and use oriented research, development, and pilot fabrication of new building block concepts and production methods for these organic materials. COMEDD embodies a leading European production-related research and development centre for organic semiconductors with a focus on organic light-emitting diodes and vacuum technologies. In several clean rooms, COMEDD’s infrastructure consists of:• a pilot line for the production of OLEDs on substrates measuring 370 x 470 mm²,• two pilot lines for a 200 mm wafer for the integration of OLEDs on CMOS substrates, and • a research line for roll-to-roll production on flexible substrates. In this way, COMEDD offers a wide range of research, development and pilot production possibilities, especially for OLED lighting, organic solar cells, and OLED microdisplays. Further information about COMEDD is available from:Fraunhofer IPMSInes SchedwillHead of Marketing COMEDDMaria-Reiche-Str. 201109 DresdenGermanyTel.: +49 (0) 351/8823-238Fax: +49 (0) 351/8823-266e-mail: [email protected]: www.ipms.fraunhofer.deAbout MEISSEN®:The MEISSEN® manufactory was established in 1710 by king August the Strong, the Elector of Saxony, and is thus among the European luxury brands the one that can look back on the longest tradition. The German luxury corporation today comprises the brands MEISSEN® Joaillerie, MEISSEN HOME®, and MEISSEN® FINE ART/artCAMPUS.In the course of the opening of VILLA MEISSEN® in Milan this year, the company presented its new MEISSEN HOME® Collectibles – not a collection, but a timelessly elegant ensemble of collectibles for upscale interiors, carefully harmonised in terms of style and colour.The elegant sofas, stuffed chairs, tables, and lamps, all carefully crafted by hand, the dining porcelain, as well as the luxurious fabrics, covers, and accessories form a journey through the era of classic modern interiors of the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.Just as with the successful design of the MEISSEN® Joaillerie line, great care was taken to ensure that each piece of the HOME Collectibles embodies MEISSEN’s ® DNA. The concept of MEISSEN HOME® is inspired by the forms and decors found in MEISSEN’s archive, which spans several centuries. Each piece in this ensemble thus represents a part of MEISSEN’s unique artistic and cultural history.To this day, MEISSEN® is still owned by the State of Saxony. Its mark, MEISSEN’s famous crossed swords, is one of the oldest continuously used trademarks in the world.Further information about MEISSEN® is available from:A&C Media Community e. K.Telefon: +49 (0) 30 30106921Fax: +49 (0) 30 30108027E-Mail: [email protected] Internet:

Fraunhofer IPMS Ines Schedwill Head of Marketing COMEDD Maria-Reiche-Str. 2 01109 Dresden Germany Tel.: +49 (0) 351/8823-238 Fax: +49 (0) 351/8823-266

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