Last year APEVA announced that it has commissioned a 2-Gen OVPD OLED system in a customer pilot production line in Asia. Yesterday Aixtron (APEVA's parent company) announced that it received the final acceptance for its OVPD system from its customer - which is one of the world's largest display manufacturers.
APEVA now plans to enter into discussions about the feasibility of a final qualification project (phase III), which would ensure the scalability of the OVPD deposition technology to large area substrates.
This is good news for APEVA, as the final acceptance by the customer successfully completes phase II of the qualification project. During that phase, the OVPD system was effectively scaled up from a Gen 1 (200x200 mm) laboratory system to a Gen 2 (370x470 mm) pilot manufacturing system.
APEVA says that is OVPD deposition technology (developed originally by Universal Display, and licensed exclusively to Aixtron) offers several unique advantages over competing systems and it can enable the highest deposition rates, provide an efficient material utilization while minimizing the risk of degradation of organic material.
In 2017 Aixtron also announced that it received a purchase order from a major Asian OLED display manufacturer for an OVPD OLED deposition system to be installed at the customer site within the second half of 2017.
In March 2016 Aixtron said that it has reached an important milestone with its new OVPD demonstrator OLAD (Organic Large Area Demonstrator) - after an internal test phase lasting several months and producing excellent results in some cases, the system is now available for initial customer tests.
In October 2014 we interviewed Aixtron's biz-dev director who explains the company's OLED technology and business.