PFAS restrictions by EU: display industry affected


The EU is committed to phasing out all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). However, if PFAS cannot be demonstrably replaced in certain products and their use is essential for society, exemptions are possible.

The DFF (Deutsches Flachdisplay-Forum e.V.) therefore recommends that the use of PFASs be carefully examined to be able to act on exemptions in time. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are a large family of synthetic chemicals. They are used in many areas, among other things because of their heat-stable and water- and grease-repellent properties. In particular, they are used in aerospace, defense, automotive, textile (leather and clothing), construction, household, electronics, firefighting, food processing and medical products. They are also used in display technology: for example, all liquid crystals for IPS and FFS displays contain PFAS to ensure proper functioning.

Official EU information can be found at:

New General Manager of the DFF

Hartmut Heske, long-time member of the executive board, moves towards the position of the General Manager. He takes over this position from Dr. Ulrich Rütten who will focus his activities on the Display Week participation, the development of a virtual marketplace and the “System Integration” Working Group.

New 1. Chairman of DFF

Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Blankenbach has resigned from his position as 1st Chairman of the DFF for personal reasons. As honorary chairman, he will continue to support the work of the DFF.
On October 1st, 2020, the Board elected Dr. Armin Wedel, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research, as 1st Chairman of the DFF.

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