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BASF Venture Capital invests €1 million in UK-based technology provider SmartKem; SmartKem is focused on high performance organic semiconductor inks to enable printing of thin film transistors

August 13, 2014

Ludwigshafen, Germany -- BASF Venture Capital has invested EUR1 million in the technology company SmartKem, based in St. Asaph, Wales. The total investment of the financing round was EUR3 million. Further investors with equal terms were Octopus Investments and Entrepreneurs Fund.

SmartKem is a leader in research and development of high performance organic semiconductor inks. These inks are used in printed thin film transistors (TFTs), which drive unbreakable and fully flexible electronics, for example leading-edge flexible OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) displays.

"The future belongs to flexible displays. First flexible smartphones are already in the market. Customers will benefit from a lot of useful lightweight, fully flexible and rollable electronics products based on organic TFTs. Our investment in SmartKem and our extensive Joint Development Program will take us a great step forward in bringing this future-oriented technology faster to the market," said Dirk Nachtigal, Managing Director, BASF Venture Capital.

Steve Kelly, CEO of SmartKem, added: "Groundbreaking advances in material technology will drive the future of printed and flexible electronics. We are happy to join forces in research and development with BASF to progress smart chemistry for the new generation of flexible displays and circuits, which will address future market needs."

About SmartKem

SmartKem is a leading supplier of high performance organic semiconductor inks for the manufacture of printed TFTs. SmartKem's inks can be processed on flexible and lightweight plastic substrates to enable rugged and truly flexible electronics. The drawback of commercial TFTs is the need for high annealing temperatures during the production process to reach full performance. This works on glass but not effectively on plastic. SmartKem's core offering responds to the demand for unbreakable and flexible electronics that can be produced efficiently. SmartKem has an unrivalled pipeline of new inks that are under evaluation by various industry-known partners. The business model is focused on delivering expertise in molecular design, synthesis, application engineering and technology transfer to customers. More information is available at .

About BASF Venture Capital

BASF Venture Capital GmbH was established in 2001 as a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF New Business GmbH, Ludwigshafen, Germany, with the aim of exploring new growth potentials based on investment in startup companies and funds.

About BASF

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about EUR74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN).


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