C3Nano Inc. and Kimoto Ltd. Japan partner in a strategic alliance

C3Nano, Inc., a developer and supplier of solution-based, transparent conductive inks and films announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Kimoto, Ltd. Japan. This alliance has important commercial implications for the future of the display and touch sensor industry. The two companies will cooperate in delivering transparent conductive films into the fast-growing flexible display and touch sensor market.

As a global market leader in roll-to-roll, hard-coated films for the display and touch panel industry, Kimoto, Ltd. offers a wide variety of innovative products to protect and optimize the use of devices in touch screens and display applications.  “Our company is excited to have a great partner such as Kimoto to collaborate with, especially since they are the industry leader in hard-coated films,” said Cliff Morris, CEO of C3Nano, Inc.

“This alliance responds to the industry’s unmet need to deliver 50 Ohms per square films at far less than 1 percent haze.  We can deliver that product today at high volume.”

As a result of this relationship, C3Nano is positioned to be a complete solution provider to the flexible display, touch panel, and OLED industries.

Founded in 2010 as a spinout from Professor Zhenan Bao’s chemical engineering laboratory at Stanford University, C3Nano is the developer of the solution-based, transparent conductive inks and films as direct replacements for indium tin oxide (ITO).  C3Nano has raised more than $20 million in funding to date, which has enabled the company to quickly achieve ink formulations and expanded production capabilities.

Kimoto, headquartered in Saitama, Japan, is a developer of processing optical hard-coated films for the display, touch and auto industries.  Their films are used in the production of many high quality displays and touch panels used in mobile phones, tablets, computers and navigation systems.


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