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Organic Electronics Saxony (OES)

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 2 February, 2009
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Silver Label
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
+49 351 46677180
Project Manager
+49 351 46677187
Project Manager
+49 351 46677186
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Lighting and Electrical Equipment
Technology fields: 
Nanotechnologies related to electronics & microelectronics
S3 EU priority areas: 
Micro/Nano electronics
Nanotechnology & engineering
Emerging industries: 
Advanced Packaging
Digital Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Flexible Printed Organic Electronics
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Heliatek GmbH
Plastic Logic Germany
Larger Company
Novaled GmbH
Larger Company
CreaPhys GmbH
Larger Company
3D Micromac AG
Larger Company
Heraeus Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG
Larger Company
IAPP, Techische Universität Dresden
Fraunhofer FEP
Research Organisation
Fraunhofer ENAS
Research Organisation
Cluster Strategy


Overcome the limits of "classical electronics" and develop organic, flexible and establish printed electronics as the next generation of electronics

The organic, flexible, printed electronics - short TOLAE (thin film, organic, large area electronics) - is impressive in comparison to classical silicon semiconductor electronics with the following properties:

  • flexbile and bendable
  • light-weight and thin
  • luminescent and transparent
  • large-area and printable
  • innovative and green

TOLAE thus breaks down the boundaries of classic electronics and opens up completely new areas of application. Also in combination with classical electronics, so-called hybrid electronics, new fields of application will arise and existing components will be extended and optimized in their function, design and efficiency.


The OES cluster was founded at the heart of research and development for organic, flexible and printed electronics. The Dresden area is home to the worldwide highest density of players in the field. To draw overarching benefits from this local accumulation was an important trigger for the foundation of the association. Ten years after its foundation, the technology as well as the members of the association and the market situation has developed, so that a total of five statements can be made for the Mission of the network, which also reflects the statutory purpose of the association:

  • Expand and exploit the technology potential
  • Enable market breakthroughs
  • Create stakeholder benefits
  • Promote regional development
  • Forcing network development
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to technology services
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Support of technology transfer
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
InnovationLab (Germany)
Yamagata University /YU-FIC(Japan)
Silicon Saxony (Germany)
OE-A (International)
Netzwerk Automobilzulieferer Sachsen (AMZ, Germany)
biosaxony (Germany)
HOPE-A (Greece)
Photonics21 (Europe)
Afelim (France)
Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery (ICCAS, Germany)
Medical Valley (Germany)
Carus Consilium (Germany)
Kompetenzzentrum Luft- und Raumfahrttechnik Sachsen/Thüringen (LRT, Germany)
Excellene Cluster MERGE (Germany)
OptoNet (Germany)
Hamburg Aviation (Germany)
Healthy Saxony (Germany)
BTS Rail Saxony (Germany)
BioM (Germany)
Innovationsverbund Maschinenbau Sachsen (VEMAS, Germany)
PrintoCent (Finland)
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)
  • LightJumps – An efficient and effective platform for the cooperation of photonics clusters and the exploitation of European SMEs potential.
  • COLAE: Commercialisation Clusters for Organic and Large Area Electronics

German Federal Ministry of Research and Education:

  • "Internationalisation of Leading-Edge Clusters, Forward-Looking Projects, and Comparable Networks"
  • "Innovationsforum Mittelstand"

Saxony State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport:

  • "Sensorik Sachsen" - Cross-cluster partnership to boost sensor activities in Saxony
Success Story / Achievements: 

Since its foundation in 2009 with 11 members, OES has emerged to one of the most important clusters for organic, flexible and printed electronics worldwide, counting more than 40 companies and research institutions all over Germany, but with a strong regional accumulation in Saxony. OES unites research and production competences in organic electronics technologies (OLED, OPV, transistors, sensors, lasers), but also flexible, printed and hybrid electronics from materials over processes, equipment, design, devices until full products.

The local character of the cluster allows intensive contact and support of the members and ideal conditions for mutual cooperation and interlinking between the cluster members

In 2011, three pioneers in organic electronics and co-founders of OES were awarded the German Future Prize of the German Federal President, one of the greatest scientific honours in Germany with a signal effect for the future of this industry.

Since 2017, OES is certified with the silver label of the Cluster Management Excellence by the European Commission.

In 2018, OES was awarded as a "Landmarkd in the Land of Ideas" by the ‘Germany – Land of Ideas’ initiative for bridging two worlds in our internationalization efforts to our partners in Japan.

Besides the "classical" target markets like the automobile and lighting sector for OLEDs or building integration for OPV, we have been investing intensively over the last years to attract partners from other sectors, with focus on medical technology, but also addressing aviation as well as wearables technologies.



Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 


TOLAE (thin film, organic large area electronics) is an key enabling technology for automotive, life sciences, wearables, system integration, security, smart home living etc. and provides new and unforeseen solutions beyond classical electronics. If you have groundbreaking visions that demand disruptive solutions, we might the right partner for their realization.

The OES cluster:

OES members provide key competences in research and flexible technologies production. Highly specialised start-ups, SMEs and large enterprises join together to bundle their forces. The OES management is well connected in the field and open to support international cooperation efforts and requests addressing their members. Please contact us!