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Evaluating the Recent Printed Electronics Acquisitions and Partnerships Involving Merck, BASF, Apple, and Xerox

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Evaluating the Recent Printed Electronics Acquisitions and Partnerships Involving Merck, BASF, Apple, and Xerox
Published: August 18, 2015 Content info:
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Merck, BASF, Apple, and Xerox all made recent investment in start-ups in disparate parts of the printed electronics universe. Merck acquired Qlight, a developer of quantum dots for liquid crystal displays (LCDs), BASF acquired silver nanowire technology for transparent conductive films from Seashell, Apple is rumored to have acquired thin-film battery developer Infinite Power Solutions, and Xerox partnered with smart packaging developer Thin Film Electronics. Using the Lux Innovation Grid framework, we evaluated these start-ups and their competitors to determine if Merck, BASF, Apple, and Xerox made the correct investments and identify where opportunities exist for competitors to enter these markets though investment with alternative start-ups. While Xerox partnered with the top smart packaging technology developer, Merck, BASF, and Apple all acquired average technologies, and start-ups like Quantum Materials, Sinovia, and Cymbet are attractive targets for those looking to compete with the acquisitions that Merck, BASF, and Apple have made, respectively.

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  • Figure 1: Graphic The Lux Innovation Grid Template Identifies the Strongest Companies in a Space
  • Figure 2: Table Lux Research Scorecard Is Used to Evaluate Start-up Companies
  • Figure 3: Graphic Merck Acquisition Qlight is in the High-potential Quadrant, like Potential Target Quantum Materials
  • Figure 4: Graphic Seashell Falls Behind Potential Target Sinovia and Industry Leaders Cima Nanotech and Cambrios
  • Figure 5: Graphic Thin Film Electronics has High Technical Value; TruTag and PST Lurk as Partnership Candidates
  • Figure 6: Graphic Apple Acquired Infinite Power Solutions Out of the Long-Shot Quadrant
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