Organic and Flexible Electronics

Whether it be cost-efficient printed batteries from Chemnitz or the world’s most efficient organic semitransparent solar cells from Dresden which are used in architectural glass – Saxony’s researchers and entrepreneurs have taken the lead in developing “plastic” solutions for tomorrow’s lifestyle. Saxony is Europe’s largest cluster for organic and flexible electronics.

Chart: Value Chain "Organic and Flexible Electronics in Saxony"

Source: Saxony Economic Development Corporation (WFS) / Organic Electronics Saxony

Europe’s largest cluster of organic and flexible electronics

Almost 40 companies and 20 research facilities cover the entire value creation chain ranging from fundamental research all the way to finished products. For example, Saxony is the place the technological leaders in energy-efficient organic light-emitting diodes as well as the producers of the most efficient organic solar cells call home.

Solarfolie in der Produktion, Heliatek GmbH Dresden

Source: Heliatek GmbH, photographer: Tim Deussen, Berlin


The global technology leader in the organic photovoltaics (OPV) sector, the Dresden-based Heliatek GmbH, is able to turn glass facades and panoramic cars roofs into energy collectors. With 6 percent, the company holds the world record in efficiency for flexible cells with a translucence of 50 percent. Initial pilot projects – for example, in China and Singapore – permitted Heliatek to successfully test the use of the Helia-Film® solar foil on building facades and roofs made of glass, concrete, and PVC membranes. HeliaFilm® is produced with a globally unique roll-to-roll process in Dresden. 


The Novaled GmbH is a spin-off of Dresden University of Technology and a global leader when it comes to technologies which are required for the production of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). The company holds about 500 patents. Since August 2013, the specialist for highly efficient OLED structures with long lifespans has been part of the South Korean Samsung Group. 

„deZign“-Fahrplananzeige auf Basis von flexiblem ePaper, entwickelt von dresden elektronik verkehrstechnik gmbh

Source: dresden elektronik verkehrstechnik gmbh


Key products of the dresden elektronik verkehrstechnik gmbh include control, light signal, and display systems used in traffic management. A specific highlight is „deZign,“ a flexible plastic display with its own autonomous energy based on e-paper made by Dresden’s Plastic Logic GmbH. „deZign“ stands for data display with „zero“ energy consumption; for example, an update only requires a minimum supply of power. – Ideal prerequisites for its use as a „paperless“ timetable display system which can be updated merely at the touch of a button. The potential applications for „deZign“ might also include dynamically recordable electronic signage systems or advertising media. 

Flexibler Display auf Basis von ePaper von Plastic Logic Germany, Dresden

Source: Plastic Logic


Plastic Logic Germany, based in Dresden, was established in 2000 by Cambridge University researchers, and in 2007 built the first volume production factory for the manufacture of flexible, yet robust e-paper displays in the world. Here, 100 employees produce organic plastic displays in a wide range of sizes. The technology allows a wide range of robust and lightweight terminal devices and applications, including smartphones and tablets with a second display, smartcards and so-called wearables, such as „smart jewelry.“ In 2015, the company FlexEnable, based in Cambridge (GB), was split off and will assume the licensing of the technology in the future. 

Organische Substanzen, aufbereitet durch CreaPhys GmbH Dresden

Source: CrePhys GmbH


CreaPhys GmbH, a spin-off of the Dresden University of Technology, specializes in coating and material purification procedures during the production of organic thin films (for organic light-emitting diodes and solar cells). The company provides comprehensive knowledge and expertise in the organic optoelectronics sector. CreaPhys also develops and produces purifying systems for used organic substances. 

Modulares Fertigungssystem "microFLEXTM" von 3D-Micromac AG, Chemnitz

Source: 3D-Micromac AG


Located in Chemnitz, the 3D-Micromac AG has established itself as a leading provider of individual, customized laser micromachining workstations for industrial applications and for research purposes. They are used, for example, in systems for the production of photovoltaic modules and components as well as in semiconductor production, medical technology, and the digital production of printed functionalities. For example, machines made by 3D-Micromac permit the structuring of OLED’s anode layers or the structuring of organic solar cells. 


The Dresden-based SMARTRAC Technology GmbH is a member of the SMARTRAC Group which is a global leader in the development and production of RFID technology. In addition to standard products, the company also manufactures transponders and inlays according to specific customer requirements. These products are used for a wide range of applications, for example, passports and ID cards, mobile payment systems, public transportation, or electronic product identification. The corporate site in Dresden possesses extensive experiences and competences in flip-chip production and high end wafer technology as well as antenna and inlay design.

Organic Electronics Saxony (OES) innovation network

The Organic Electronics Saxony (OES) innovation network represents the interests of Europe’s leading cluster for organic, flexible and printed electronics, and thereby unites the key research and industry stakeholders in Saxony. Its declared strategic goal is to act as a driving force to further develop technology for the purpose of consolidating and gradually extending the know-how leadership of Saxony in a dynamically managed worldwide competition.

“EEInnovation” is a European initiative, in which OES, together with 31 partners, is keen on developing and commercializing the technological potentials of organic electronics as well as nanoelectronics / microelectronics.

“OES-international” is the name of the project, in which from 2016 on the OES stakeholders – in close collaboration with Japanese and British technology leaders – will develop organic and printed components to product maturity in Germany. The aim is to achieve the highest level of quality to be able to find applications in the automobile manufacturing, medical engineering and other industries. 

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Prof. Dr. Karl Leo

Director, Dresden Integrated Center for Applied Physics and Photonic Materials (IAPP) at Dresden University of Technology

"Saxony excels with its great passion for technology and its innovative power. In organic electronics, for example, important leaps in development have been accomplished in Dresden: When it comes to organic semiconductors, for example, the region is actually a global leader. This is, last but not least, due to the motivated people, the superb cooperation across all organizations, and the excellent educational programs found here."

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