GE Global Research, the centralized research organization of General Electric, and GE Consumer & Industrial, recently announced the successful demonstration of the world’s first roll-to-roll manufactured organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting devices. According to the company, this demonstration is a key step toward making OLEDs and other high performance organic electronics products at dramatically lower costs than what is possible today.

“Researchers have long dreamed of making OLEDs using a newspaper-printing like roll-to-roll process,” says Anil Duggal, manager of GE’s Advanced Technology Program in Organic Electronics. “Now we’ve shown that it is possible. Commercial applications in lighting require low manufacturing costs, and this demonstration is a major milestone on our way to developing low cost OLED lighting devices.”