OLED lighting companies

Acuity Brands

Acuity Brands logoAcuity Brands is one of the world's largest lighting solution providers. Acuity Brands is involved with OLED based lighting fixtures and installations for many years, using panels by both LG and OLEDWorks.

In April 2019 Acuity Brands announced it has decided to exclusively rely on OLEDWorks panels.

Blackbody

Blackbody logoBlackbody is an OLED lighting developer and manufacturer. Blackbody covers all the aspects from design study to mass production. The company offers OLED lamps and installations (it does not offer stand alone panels), and sometimes use 3rd-party panels in its OLED lamps.

Blackbody has introduced many OLED lamps and installations - from small desk lamps to huge chandeliers with hundreds OLED panels. We interviewed their CTO in May 2010 and reviewed one of their OLED lamps (the V-LUX OLED desk lamp) in November 2011.

First-o-lite

First-O-Lite was established in 2010 in Nanjing, China. The company is developing OLED lighting panels (based on a hybrid tandem architecture) and has a 2-Gen OLED lighting production fab that is currently producing 70 lm/W OLED lighting panels.

First-O-Lite focuses on finding niche OLED applications, mostly the health market, and it has released 29 products into the Chinese market aimed for babies and kids lighting. In March 2017 we posted an article detailing the company's current product offering and its strategy and roadmaps.

In November 2013 the company announced it has developed the world's most efficient OLED lighting module at 111.7 lm/W.

Fraunhofer FEP

Fraunhofer FEP logoFraunhofer FEP (The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology) is a research institute that focuses on innovative solutions in the fields of vacuum coating, surface treatment and organic semi­conductors.

The core competences technologies for the organic electronics and IC/system design are electron beam technology, sputtering, plasma-activated deposition and high-rate PECVD. The Fraunhofer FEP offers a wide range of possibilities for research, development and pilot production, especially for OLED microdisplays, organic and inorganic sensors, optical filters and flexible OLED lighting as well as the processing, sterilization, structuring and refining of surfaces.

General Electric (GE)

General Electric Company (GE) is a diversified industrial corporation, and operations include engines, military, wind turbines, locomotives, lighting and financial services. GE is one of the leading lighting companies in the world.

GE had an active OLED lighting program, collaborating with Tokki and Konica-Minolta on roll-to-roll printing of OLEDs and in 2008 GE announced they will stop working on incandescent lamps and focus only on LED and OLEDs. GE did not update on their OLED Program since 2010, though.

Inuru

INURU logoGermany based Inuru developed an interactive "smart surface" technology that enable light-emitting (based on OLED lighting devices) packaging and advertisement labels and solutions.

Inuru's first project enabled Coca Cola Singapore's Star Wars campaign in 2019. Inuru apparently developed its own printed OLED stack and is producing the devices in Germany.

 

In 2020 Inuru raised 2.3 million Euro in a Series A funding round. In 2023, the company raised a further $10 million, and announced its new focus on printed OLED lighting for the medication and entertainment sectors.

Kaneka

Kaneka logoKaneka is a Japanese materials company that active with plastics, PVC and caustic soda, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and other markets.

Kaneka have been working on OLED Lighting since 2008, producing panels in low volume mainly for large installations. In 2010 the company established a subsidiary called OLED Aomori to handle its OLED business.

n 2015 Kaneka announced new 50,000 hours OLED panels, and in June 2017 Kaneka unveiled its latest lighting fixture. In 2020 Aomori OLED's main target market was inspection systems for production sites.

Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta is based in Japan and is involved in copiers, printers, medical equipment, optical devices and thin films used to enhance picture quality in LCD.

KM is developing and producing OLED for lighting, and in March 2014 the company announced that it is starting to construct a R2R flexible OLED lighting fab with plans to start production in the fall of 2014. The fab is not in mass production stage yet, although KM does produce samples and in February 2015 the company shipped 15,000 flexible OLEDs to a Tulip Festival installation in Japan.

Lumiotec

Lumiotec, located at Yonezawa City, Japan, was formed in May 2008 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, ROHM, Toppan Printing and Mitsui to check the viability of OLED panels for lighting, and to manufacture and sell the panels.

In March 2009 Lumiotec showed their first OLED lighting prototype, and the company is now offering panels online - making about 60,000 panels a year. Here's our hands-on review with their Version 1 development kit and square OLED panel and here is some details on Lumitec's technology.

In early 2018 V-Technology announced it is set to acquire Lumiotec.

Nippon Shokubai

Nippon Shokubai logoJapan-based Nippon Shokubai, established in 1941, is a chemical producer and supplier. The company offers many materials, and say that it is the world leader (by market share) of superabsorbent polymers.

Nippon Shokubai is developing its own OLED lighting panel product, branded as iOLED.

OLEDWorks

OLEDWorks logo (2022)OLEDWorks was established in July 2010 by former Kodak OLED business experts and has become a leading OLED lighting maker. In 2015 OLEDWorks acquired Philips' OLED lighting business.

OLEDWorks produces panels in both Rochester New York and Aachen, Germany (what was previously Philips' site). The company offers a wide range of OLED panels and related products, and in November 2018 OLEDWorks started to ship its first flexible OLED lighting panels.

In 2019 the company signed a collaboration agreement with Audi.

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors

Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH, Regensburg, is a wholly owned subsidiary of OSRAM, a leading supplier and manufacturer of lighting solutions who employs more than 35,000 people throughout the world.

OSRAM released the world's first OLED lamp back in 2008, but this was more of a prototype than a commercial product. In November 2009 they have started to ship their first OLED lighting panel, the ORBEOS, and here's our hands-on review of those panels.

In 2014 or so OSRAM shifted its OLED lighting focus to the automotive market. OSRAM was the first company to supply OLED lighting panels for serially produced cars as it supplies the OLEDs for BMW's M4 GTS taillights and also the OLED lighting in Audi's TT RS Coupe 2016.

Pioneer

Pioneer, based in Japan, was founded in 1938, and is producing home and car electronics systems. Pioneer was the first company to actually make OLED displays - back in 1998.

Pioneer today produces a wide range of high-end PMOLED panels. The company used to produce AMOLED display but exited from the AMOLED display market in 2005. In 2022 Pioneer spun-off its PMOLED production unit to SOAR Corporation.

In February 2010, Pioneer announced it has entered the OLED Lighting market, together with Mitsubishi Chemicals. Pioneer is producing the panels using Mitsubishi's technology. They are sold under the Verbatim brand.

Rohm

Rohm logoRohm is a Japanese company established in 1958 that is making discrete semiconductors, passive components, displays and integrated circuits.

Rohm has an active OLED program working on OLED Lighting (Rohm owns a part of Lumiotec), displays and microdisplays.