Clariant Acquires Bayer’s Nano-Silver Ink Technology


MUTTENZ, SWITZERLAND | Swiss specialty chemicals group Clariant International has acquired the nano-silver ink technology platform developed under the trademark Bayink from Bayer Group, Leverkusen, Germany.

The transaction includes all patents, know-how, and materials related to Bayer’s nano-silver ink technology. Clariant says it 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,” says Christian Kohlpaintner, member of the Executive Committee.

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

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