Press release: FlexEnable’s James Harding wins the Ben Sturgeon Award

30 November 2018

Cambridge, 29 November 2019 - FlexEnable's James Harding has been honoured with the prestigious UK & Ireland Society for Information Display's Ben Sturgeon Award.

James Harding croppedDr James Harding, Display Systems Manager at FlexEnable, received the award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to flexible Organic LCD (OLCD) technology.  The award, established in conjunction with the British Liquid Crystal Society, is made annually to a scientist or engineer under 40 whose work has made a significant contribution to the displays field over the past 10 years.

OLCD is made possible because of the very low processing temperature (100°C) of FlexEnable’s OTFT technology, allowing LCD displays to be built directly onto a plastic sheet known as TAC film. TAC is an optically ideal film to replace glass, is very low cost, and is already in the display manufacturing supply chain as a common carrier for polarizers. This approach allows OLCD to be manufactured on existing TFTLCD production lines and scaled to large area, and is currently being transferred to mass production in China for applications including consumer electronics, automotive and digital signage, representing an $80Bn addressable market.

Chuck Milligan, CEO of FlexEnable said: “I am delighted for James, who thoroughly deserves this prestigious award. James has championed our development of OLCD from the beginning, and this award is very timely as our team will soon complete our technology transfer to display maker Truly Semiconductors in China. We have very exciting customers and applications waiting for these displays, and volume production will be available from early 2019.”

James accepted the Ben Sturgeon award at the 28th November meeting of the UK Society of Information Display at University College London, with a talk entitled “Flexible LCDs enabled by Organic TFTs”.

About FlexEnable

FlexEnable has pioneered the world’s first flexible electronics technology platform that allows electronics made of organic materials to be manufactured on flexible plastic film, the thickness of a sheet of paper. Compatible with existing manufacturing lines, it is the key to truly flexible and cost effective electronics over large and small surfaces. The core applications of this technology are glass-free, flexible displays and sensors that enable game-changing products across a variety of industries including consumer electronics, automotive, digital signage, wearables, medical and security. FlexEnable’s customers include OEMs, component manufacturers and materials suppliers. The company offers a comprehensive range of services-based packages for its technology platform including: ProductEnable™, MaterialsEnable™ and FabEnable™.

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