Plastic Logic (Russia)

Plastic Electronics: Displays and Other Devices

Shareholders in Portfolio Company 
RUSNANO, OAK Investment Partners (USA), Amadeus Capital Partners, other legal entities

Industry Sector 
Optics and Electronics

Production Location 
Dresden, Germany

Investment Started:  2011

Total Budget

12.62  bln rubles
Co-investment by RUSNANO
7.13  bln rubles

Production of displays and devices using plastic electronic technology

Based on its revolutionary and proprietary organic electronics technology, Plastic Logic products and devices help individuals and businesses use information more effectively. The company’s first products utilize its groundbreaking flexible PlasticPaper displays. Founded by researchers from Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory, Plastic Logic has grown to establish research and development in Cambridge, United Kingdom; manufacturing in Dresden, Germany. The company is backed by leading venture sources in the U.S., Europe and Asia, including Oak Investment Partners, Amadeus Capital Partners, and RUSNANO.

Plastic Logic and PlasticPaper are trademarks of Plastic Logic Limited.

Plastic Logic 100Area of application

  • Digital signage: safety, transport, advertising, brand promotions
  • Wearable technology: social, fashion, health, security
  • Logistics: warehouse, transport, baggage handling
  • Automotive, marine & aerospace: instrumentation & displays

Market

  • Flexible displays: producers of consumer electronics
  • Readers: educational systems
  • Corporations (paper replacement)
  • Healthcare providers
  • State agencies and departments

Competitive advantages

  • Robust flexible plastic displays of various sizes: from 1.5 to 42 inches and more (tiled displays)
  • Super thin, ultra-lightweight displays with low energy consumption
  • Bi-stable displays (no energy required to show content). Display continues to work even after mechanical damage
  • Daytime readable even in direct sunlight

Plastic Logic has developed proprietary technology for producing structured semiconductors, conductors, and dielectrics from polymers that can be used to obtain large integrated circuits with an active high-resolution matrix on flexible substrates. Because the process does not require high temperatures, polymer materials are an ideal base. The technology supports production of displays that are thinner, lighter, and more durable than displays on glass substrates. Final products are reliable and simple to work with—advances that are significant to consumers. Plastic Logic combines its flexible integrated boards with the material in the front panel to obtain “electronic paper” with a light-reflective surface that is flexible and able to retain information after power is turned off.

Initial applications of Plastic Logic’s flexible plastic transistor technology include flexible electrophoretic displays of various sizes in both colour and monochrome. In addition to standard sizes (1.5; 2.6; 4; 4.9; 10.7 inches) Plastic Logic offers customized display solutions.

By using a sensor material instead of an electrophoretic display media, as in the case of a reading device, we can make large area sensors with the same organic Thin Film Transistor (oTFT) backplane technology used for our displays. This will enable more mobile portable document scanners or x-ray devices, opening up the possibility of a full-body curved x-ray sensor.