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June 6, 2013

BASF New Business acquires Deutsche Nanoschicht

Gerald Ondrey

BASF New Business GmbH (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf-new-business.com) has acquired all shares of the technology company Deutsche Nanoschicht GmbH (www.d-nano.com). The BASF subsidiary and the founder and sole owner of Deutsche Nanoschicht, Michael Bäcker, have agreed on the acquisition. The parties have signed the relevant agreement.

Deutsche Nanoschicht has developed an innovative process for producing thin films by means of chemical solution deposition. This process allows high-temperature superconductors to be manufactured much more efficiently and resource-conserving. Superconductors carry current virtually without loss, so they allow potentially huge savings in generating and transporting electricity.

Michael Bäcker, managing director of Deutsche Nanoschicht, says: “Wherever large volumes of electricity are generated, transported or used, the technologies we have developed facilitate innovative power engineering systems that operate efficiently with little impact on resources.” Superconductor technology is of interest particularly in the fields of generators and motors as well as power grids in urban areas. As their current carrying capacity is high com- pared to copper, extremely compact and lightweight systems become an option in electrical engineering.

Furthermore, the process Deutsche Nanoschicht has developed is also interesting when it comes to manufacturing thin layers of a broad range of materials. Such thin layers, key elements in many electrical components, can be produced in a more energy-efficient manner to feature improved properties.

Combined with the strength and experience of BASF’s research, chemical solution deposition may form the basis for developing new system solutions for energy technology and electronics. BASF and Deutsche Nanoschicht are working together to bring the innovative technology to market.

“For BASF, the acquisition of Deutsche Nanoschicht is a major step forward in developing our E-Power Management growth field. Access to this innovative technology will enable us to further strengthen our position in the energy and resources growth market,” says Stefan Blank, managing director of BASF New Business.

BASF’s E-Power Management growth field comprises technology developments, materials and solutions for the entire electricity value chain. It focuses on resource-conserving and efficient electricity generation, transmission, storage and the efficient use of electrical energy.

BASF New Business GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF SE founded in 2001. Operating globally, the company aims to open up technology-driven, for- ward-looking businesses with above-average growth rates that lie outside BASF’s current activities. Its focus is on new markets and technologies in the fields of raw materials, environment and climate protection, food, nutrition and quality of life. BASF New Business is currently responsible for the BASF growth fields E-Power Management and Organic Electronics. BASF New Business GmbH commissions research from BASF’s R&D units and cooperates with startup companies, industrial partners, universities and potential customers. Other alternatives include direct shareholdings, joint ventures with partner companies or the provision of venture capital via the subsidiary BASF Venture Capital GmbH.

 

 

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