Universal Displays Completes $15 Million Investment in PPG Facility

PPG and Universal Display Corporation reported the completion of Universal Display’s $15 million investment in PPG’s Barberton, Ohio, production facility. The investment will go towards doubling the facility’s commercial production capacity of Universal Display’s proprietary UniversalPHOLED® phosphorescent OLED emitters. Universal display says that the investment will also add more than 20 positions at the facility.

These OLED materials are used to produce thin, high-performance, energy-efficient, small format displays that deliver vibrant color for consumer electronics and solid-state lighting applications. PPG serves as the exclusive producer of Universal Display’s UniversalPHOLED emitter materials.

Additional Capacity at PPG Plant to Help Meet OLED Display Demand

The expansion increases production capacity at PPG’s Barberton factory, where an initial OLED manufacturing line was set up in 2013. The additional manufacturing capacity will help satisfy the growing demand for next-generation OLED displays for TVs, smartphones, and tablets. The site, which PPG owns and operates, offers the two companies the equipment and personnel to meet the demands of customers in the display and lighting industries.

The strategic relationship between the two companies goes back to 2000 when PPG secured a contract with Universal Display for the production and commercialization of UniversalPHOLED materials. The Barberton plant, which also opened in 2000, currently employs about 160 people.

PPG Factory Makes Range of Specialty Materials

The factory currently makes a wide range of specialty materials including the TESLIN® substrate used in print and laminated materials; the CR-39® and TRIVEX® lens materials; and silica products for sealants, coatings, and adhesives.

“PPG is incredibly proud to unveil the new OLED materials production unit,” said Michael McGarry, PPG chairman and CEO. “This facility showcases the dedication and commitment of our teams to deliver high-quality materials and innovative technologies. We are excited to partner with UDC on this expansion, and we look forward to many more years of continued success together.”

“UDC is extremely pleased with our strong partnership with PPG for more than 15 years to deliver cutting-edge technological advances in OLED materials for our customers,” said Steven V. Abramson, Universal Display Corporation president and CEO. “Our relationship allows us to combine PPG’s specialty materials manufacturing expertise with our innovative, high-performance phosphorescent materials technology. With the adoption of OLEDs expected to grow for the foreseeable future, we’re delighted to unveil the expanded OLED production facility at PPG’s Barberton, Ohio, plant.”

Across 12 facilities, PPG employs over 2,500 people. Locally, the company helps fund the University of Akron, College of Engineering with grants for Increasing Diversity in Engineering Academics (IDEAs), the Women in Engineering (WIE), and Corrosion programs.

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