Electronics & Computers

Cambrios, TPK, and NISSHA Form Joint Venture

October 8, 2013

The collaborative venture, TPK Film Solutions Ltd. (TPKF), will produce ClearOhm silver nanowire-based film in a roll-to-roll process for original equipment manufacturers producing touch screens.

SUNNYVALE, CA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Cambrios Technologies Corp., a leader in silver nanowire-based solutions for the transparent and flexible conductor markets, announced the expansion of its existing joint venture with TPK, the "world's largest touch solution provider," to also include NISSHA, a leader in film-based touch sensors, to develop and manufacture ClearOhm film for today's advanced touch screens. This collaborative venture TPK Film Solutions Ltd. (TPKF), will produce ClearOhm silver nanowire-based film in a roll-to-roll process allowing original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to bring to market cutting-edge touch screens for new products and applications worldwide.

"Our joint venture with TPK and NISSHA expands Cambrios' global reach by delivering ClearOhm silver nanowire–based touch screens with the market's leading players," said John LeMoncheck, President and CEO at Cambrios Technologies. "Together we will provide OEMs increased access to ClearOhm films for implementation in their next-generation electronic devices."

"NISSHA's participation in the joint venture, combined with Cambrios' advanced technology and TPK's leadership in the touch screen market, will provide new technological value for customers in the touch screen industry. This will help us further our reach globally and deliver advanced solutions to the market," said Junya Suzuki, President and CEO of NISSHA.

"TPK has a long-standing heritage of delivering high-performance touch screens for the global market and always is seeking technologies to better serve our end users," said Michael Chiang, Chairman of TPK. "Cambrios, in partnership with NISSHA, was a natural fit to support our needs. Silver nanowires are a major part of our strategy to address the mid- and low-end segments of the mobile devices market. We will deliver high-volume manufacturing capacity for ClearOhm films for incorporation into leading consumer electronic devices, including mobile phones, tablets, and large-area touch screen applications."

Featuring single crystals of silver nanowires, ClearOhm material enables rapid time-to-market and competitive price points for OEMs and their respective consumer electronic devices. This venture brings more than 90 years of combined expertise around silver nanowires (AgNW), roll-to-roll coating, and mass production of touch screen products and applications. Cambrios successfully has launched its silver nanowire products into consumer and industrial applications, including all-in-one computers, computer monitors, tablets, smartphones, industrial kiosks, etc., with some of the best known brands worldwide. With this announcement, Cambrios continues to strengthen its global reach through an established state-of-the-art, reliable supply chain for touch sensor and display manufacturers.

The expanded joint venture agreement was formally signed on October 3, 2013. Mass production is expected in Q2 2014. To learn more about Cambrios' ClearOhm technology, please visit the company's Web site.

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About Cambrios
Cambrios Technologies Corp. leads the industry in providing innovative solutions using nanotechnology. Its breakthrough silver nanowire-based transparent conductors simplify electronics manufacturing and improve end-product cost and performance for electronic devices. The company's ClearOhm product is a transparent conductor with significantly higher optical and electrical performance than traditional materials and methods. Applications of ClearOhm include touch screens, EMI shielding, LCDs, ePaper, OLED lighting, and thin-film photovoltaics. Cambrios is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, with offices in Japan and Taiwan.

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