Clariant acquires Nano-Silver Ink Technology from Bayer

Swiss specialty chemicals group Clariant International AG acquired the nano-silver ink technology platform developed under the trademark Bayink from Bayer Group, Germany. The transaction comprises all patents, know-how and materials related to Bayer’s nano-silver ink technology. Clariant will continue to work closely with existing customers and cooperation partners to further develop nano-silver inks and its applications.

“The acquisition will strengthen our portfolio of new materials for the electronics and energy markets,” said Christian Kohlpaintner, member of the Executive Committee.

Nano silver inks are printable on various substrates like polymers, glas, or silicon. They are applicable in a wide variety of emerging applications for printed electronics, e.g., printed circuit boards, radio frequency identification devices (RFID) or photovoltaic panels. Nano-silver inks provide excellent conductivity by spending fewer amounts of precious metal using advanced printing technologies such as ink-jet or aerosol printing.

“Nano silver inks are an important step to develop a sustainable innovation platform for functional inks in addition to our product portfolio for printing inks which will provide unique solutions to our customers using our core competencies in surfactants and formulation technology”, said Frank Küber, Head of New Business Development at Clariant.

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Nano-silver inks allow Clariant to enter the fast growing markets for printed electronics. (Photo: istockphoto)

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