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Nanoco Display Update: Merck, Wah Hong, and Next-Gen Display

Published on 17/8/2016

Image Caption: CFQD® quantum dots (at right) offer a brighter more brilliant picture than LCD (at left).

The future of display is something that the team here at Nanoco gets very excited about. And with our two recent deals with Merck KGaA and Wah Hong Industrial Corporation, that future is looking brighter (and closer) than ever before.

As reported, we’ve signed a non-exclusive licence agreement with the global science and technology giant Merck, which will market CFQD® quantum dots to its broad customer base in the display industry. And Taiwan-based Wah Hong, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of optical films and sheets for displays with large operational footprint across China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia, will process our cadmium-free quantum dot resin and market to its customer base.

These new partnerships underscore the demand we’re seeing for a safer alternative to heavy metal-containing quantum dots.

As discussed with Printed Electronics Now, “Quantum dots drastically enhance color, while providing up to 30% power savings.” Also, “Cadmium-free TVs are outselling cadmium TVs 20 to 1, and cadmium is 10X more toxic than lead or mercury.”

That’s exactly why we believe that cadmium-free is the most responsible and logical option for the future of quantum dot displays — a perspective the global display market is increasingly embracing.

We saw this sentiment reflected at SID’s Display Week, where we presented two papers on the benefits of cadmium-free quantum dots in display. One was by Dr. Nigel Pickett, Nanoco’s Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer: “Heavy Metal-Free Quantum Dots Making Inroads for Consumer Applications.” The other was presented by our VP of Business Development, Steve Reinhard: “Utilization of Heavy Metal-Free Quantum Dots to Enhance Color Quality in Lighting Applications.” Both were incredibly well received by attendees.

As more advancements are made, Nanoco’s CFQD® quantum dots technology is shaking up the display market by offering a safe alternative to quantum dots containing cadmium and emerging as a true rival to the performance delivered by OLEDs, but without the high cost. It’s encouraging to see this shift by display manufacturers toward heavy metal-free alternatives, and we are thrilled to be leading the charge.

Author: Michael Edelman – CEO