Plextronics, Inc., a leading innovator of printed electronics technology, announced today that it has received a strategic investment by Applied Ventures, LLC, the venture capital arm of Applied Materials, Inc.. The investment will help Plextronics continue to expand its product development and manufacturing capabilities, as well as increase its investment in sales and marketing activities.
This investment comes on the heels of Plextronics' recently closed $20.6 million Series B financing, led by Solvay North America Investments LLC, a member of Solvay Group, with participation by Birchmere Ventures, Draper Triangle Ventures, Firelake Capital Management and Newlin Investment Company. An additional investment in the Series B round was provided by the Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF) of Central Eastern Pennsylvania. This was the second investment in the company that SEF has made this year. Plextronics has raised a total of $41 million in equity capital over the last five years.
Plextronics' President and CEO Andy Hannah said, "We are focused on developing relationships with companies such as Applied Materials, an established leader that can help us achieve our goals. Applied's experience in commercializing production-worthy equipment and processing systems is of particular relevance to enabling the mass-production of our technology."
The printed electronics market comprises next-generation light, power and circuitry products, including flexible displays, plastic solar cells and organic RFID tags. Plextronics' device design, process technology and Plexcore® branded inks enable the formation of active electrical layers – the key drivers of printed electronics.
Dr. Omkaram "Om" Nalamasu, Applied Materials’ vice president of advanced technologies and CTO of Applied's Energy and Environmental Systems Group, will join the Plextronics board as an observer.
"We encourage the development of next-generation lighting and power products that can deliver high-efficiency, cost-effective electronic solutions to the global community," said J. Christopher Moran, vice president and general manager of Applied Ventures. "We are pleased to align ourselves with companies such as Plextronics that are creating the technology capable of commercial-scale performance and manufacturability."