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Henkel makes additional investment in Vitriflex

The investment will be used to expand the company's manufacturing capability as the company moves towards shipping commercial ready products by end of 2015

7 Jul 2015 | Editor

Henkel has announced that it has made an additional investment in ultra-barrier film technology innovator, Vitriflex, Inc. Henkel made its first equity investment and signed a joint development agreement (JDA) with the promising start-up company in May 2014. In this latest round, Henkel was the lead Series C investor.

The Series C investment furthers Vitriflex’s move toward volume manufacturing capability to support multiple display technologies and sizes that range from handhelds to large-screen TV’s in excess of 100 inches. The company expects to have commercial product ready to ship at the end of 2015.

Henkel/Vitriflex - A flexible display

Figure: Henkel/Vitriflex - A flexible display

Over the last year, Vitriflex technologists have worked in partnership with Henkel chemistry specialists to integrate optically transparent adhesives into ultra-barrier films with great success. Henkel’s additional investment in Vitriflex will progress this work, along with that of other applications.

Vitriflex, which was founded in 2010 has developed an ultra-barrier film technology that has low water vapour and oxygen transmission rates (WVTR and OTR) to meet the needs of emerging display technologies

Mark Popovich, Henkel Corporate Vice President Global Marketing, said, "Combining Vitriflex’s expertise in ultra-barrier film innovation and Henkel’s leadership in adhesive technologies delivers a partnership that is advancing the state of the art of barrier film technology."
Mark added, "Since Henkel’s initial investment in Vitriflex, we have made profound progress toward an integrated barrier film product that delivers good adhesion to multiple substrates. This latest round of investment supports both the technology development work and the continued move toward high-volume manufacturing capability."
Mark, contiued, "Henkel intends to be a significant player in the display market. Our work with and investment in Vitriflex are significant components of Henkel’s broader display technology strategy."
David Parker, Vitriflex President and CEO, "While the initial development priority was focused on flexible displays, our application scope and partnership with Henkel have expanded over the last year." David added, "There are several other areas where we believe we can deliver differentiable technology value and we are pursuing those in earnest."

www.henkel.com    www.vitriflex.com   


About Henkel

Henkel operates worldwide with leading brands and technologies in three business areas: Laundry & Home Care, Beauty Care and Adhesive Technologies. Founded in 1876, Henkel holds globally leading market positions both in the consumer and industrial businesses with well-known brands such as Persil, Schwarzkopf and Loctite. Henkel employs about 50,000 people and reported sales of $21.8 billion and adjusted operating profit of $3.4 billion in fiscal 2014. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX.

Source: Henkel

About Vitriflex

Founded in 2010, San Jose, California-based Vitriflex, Inc. is a leading developer of high-performance barrier films for flexible electronics. Vitriflex ultra-barrier encapsulation provides cost-effective protection from moisture and oxygen, improves lifetime and reliability and has the added benefits of being flexible, lightweight and shatterproof. Vitriflex enables exciting new categories of flexible solar modules, next-generation OLED and LCD displays and solid state lighting.

Source: Vitriflex


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