C3Nano Inc, a leader in next-generation, transparent conductive films, announced today it has closed an initial equity investment from lead investor Nitto Denko, as the first step in an anticipated $15 million funding round. Nitto Denko Corp an Osaka-based diversified materials manufacturer, is a major supplier of films and touch panel display products for the global smartphone, tablet, and display industries. The two companies will collaborate on further development of the supply chain channel for the global flexible display market. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Printed, Organic and Flexible Electronics 2020-2030: Forecasts, Technologies, Markets.
Current investors include Nissha Printing Co Ltd, Hitachi Chemical, Nagase America and Lens Technology.
"Our partnership with Nitto Denko is the latest indication we offer superior technology in the growing transparent film and touch display market," said Clifford Morris, CEO, C3Nano. "C3Nano is the recognized performance leader, and we supply materials for foldable phones and other devices around the world. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with Nitto Denko and combine our technical skills to support innovation and expansion of this important device market which enables the world's day-to-day communication."
One of the emerging markets C3Nano and Nitto Denko supply is the foldable device market, estimated by Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) in its 2020 report, to exceed $70B in product revenues by 2025, with the foldable display segment growing to $7.9B and foldable panel shipments rising to 77 million units. According to DSCC Founder and CEO Ross Young, "C3Nano is well positioned to help the foldable display market solve the scratch resistance issues that have plagued foldable adoption so far. In addition, its strong IP position and technical advantages with its ActiveGrid technology should ensure continued strong growth in the mobile and large-area touch market."
"C3Nano is a strategic investment for us and will enable us to partner more closely on developing innovative products and expanding the materials supply chain for the evolving device and touch display market," said Nitto Denko in a statement. "We chose C3Nano due to its performance leadership and excellent technology which will facilitate growing our market with the confidence that we have the most effective team and product in this market segment."
About Nitto Denko Corp
Nitto Denko Corporation is a global pioneer of state-of-the-art technology and Japan's leading diversified materials manufacturer. Founded in 1918 to produce electrical insulation materials, Nitto has grown to be a leader in the energy materials, industrial tapes, environmental solution, optronics, and life sciences markets.
Nitto contributes to the daily lives of individuals and the future of industry with our ability to generate innovative and unique solutions. Our proprietary technologies turn ocean water into drinking water, make transportation safer and create sharper LCD displays, among other advancements. Innovation and originality are important parts of our company values, and we never stop inventing. For more information, visit https://www.nitto.com/us/en/
About C3Nano Inc
C3Nano Inc is a performance leader in next-generation, transparent conductive inks and films for the touch sensor and display industry. The company has more than 75 global patents (issued or pending) including multiple patents which cover its NanoGlue® technology. NanoGlue acts to fuse the conductive silver nanowires (AgNWs) technology into a new high-performance conductive network or grid (ActiveGrid™). NanoGlue is effective in lowering sheet resistance, while maintaining excellent optical transparency, low haze, and low reflectivity.
The company's products are used by global manufacturers of mobile devices, notebook computers and tablets. C3Nano's innovative technology is also in use in large area interactive TV and automotive sensor applications.
C3Nano's investors include Nitto Denko, Nissha Printing Co., Ltd., Hitachi Chemical, Nagase America and Lens Technology. Venture capital investors include GSR Ventures and Phoenix Venture Partners. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, C3Nano operates manufacturing, sales and technical support facilities in the U.S. and in Asia. Visit www.c3nano for more information.
Source: Gallagher PR