In June 2015, Merck began to construct a new €30 Million OLED materials production plant in Darmstadt, Germany. Merck announced that the new production plant is now operational, and it provides a fivefold increase in the company's OLED materials production capacity.
Merck aims to become one of the leading suppliers of OLED materials by 2018. The company believes that OLED has the potential to become the technology of the future for displays and lighting.
Merck has recently inaugurated an OLED application center in Korea, where it will introduce advanced processes such as inkjet printing. The same site also hosts Merck's Chemical Application Centre established in 2011. Merck also operates a technology development center in Taiwan - which also focuses on OLEDs. The company is developing soluble OLED materials in collaboration with Seiko Epson.