Christian Uhl, CEO of Smartrac (photo: Smartrac)

Alibaba invests in Smartrac to enhance brand protection


Companies / Markets

The Smartrac Technology Group (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) recently announced that the Chinese e-commerce and retail provider Alibaba Group will invest in the company, reinforcing both parties’ commitment to strengthening brand protection strategies. Michael Evans, president of Alibaba Group, will join Smartrac’s supervisory board.

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Visual indicators for smart labels are a major application of Ynvisible’s technology (photo: Ynvisible)

Ynvisible granted patent for specialised electrolyte and electrochromic system


Products

Ynvisible Interactive Inc. (Vancouver, Canada), a company that specialises in creating ultra-low power displays for printed electronics, has been granted an EU patent for a specialised electrolyte formulation that allows for the integration of electrochromic inks directly into the electrolyte layers. This formulation offers a reduction in the overall number of ink layers required to produce electrochromic devices, substantially increasing manufacturing efficiency.

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Kai Beckmann, CEO of Merck Performance Materials (photo: Merck)

Merck Performance Materials updates strategy


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Merck (Darmstadt, Germany), a leading science and technology company, recently presented its strategy to secure the future prospects of Performance Materials. The business sector comprises the specialty chemicals business of Merck and supplies solutions for displays, computer chips and surfaces of every kind. After 2019, Merck expects Performance Materials to resume earnings growth.

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Harald Renner, CFO of OSRAM Continental (left) and Dirk Linzmeier, CEO of OSRAM Continental (photo: Continental)

OSRAM Continental joint venture commences operations


Companies / Markets

As of now, the OSRAM Continental GmbH joint venture, set up by the two technology companies Continental and Osram, is up and running. Following the successful completion of all negotiations and the issuance of merger control approvals, the joint venture has been launched as planned in the second half of 2018.

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Oxford PV’s perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells at the company’s industrial pilot line in Germany (photo: Oxford PV)

Oxford PV sets world record for perovskite solar cell


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Oxford PV, a leader in the field of perovskite solar cells based in the UK, recently announced a new, certified, world record for its perovskite based solar cell.

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