Henkel invests in advanced materials start up Actnano
The advanced materials start-up Actano from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, provides a tailored conformal coatings technology for the protection of printed circuit boards in a variety of applications in growing electronics segments.
Founded in 2012, Actnano has developed a commercialised technology for gel-based coatings with comprehensive waterproofing and environmental resistant properties. The materials are designed to provide protection to printed circuit boards including connectors, antennas, LED´s and all mounted components and provide benefits in a broad variety of fast-growing automotive electronics and consumer electronics applications.
Liquid applied coatings
The liquid applied coatings offer a drop-in solution for existing coating lines and enable customers to increase throughputs and to significantly reduce the production costs per device. The Actnano technology is hydrophobic, electrically insulating and allows electrical connection through the coating. Together with Henkel the start-up aims to further optimise waterproofing properties for tailored solutions in target markets and to scale-up the technology across the globe.
“As part of our venturing activities we are looking for novel and scalable formulated technologies providing unique benefits for growing markets”, explains Paolo Bavaj, Head of Corporate Venturing, Adhesive Technologies. “Functional coatings are a major focus topic for our Adhesive Technologies business. We are excited to work with actnano who has developed a conformal coating technology that protects entire printed circuit board systems responding to the fast-growing demands especially in automotive electronics and consumer electronics. The technology has already proven its marketability and is commercially available. Together we aim to unlock new opportunities across Henkel´s extensive customer base in these markets globally. We are pleased to have co-invested into actnano as part of a consortium led by Emerald Technology Ventures, where we are a Limited Partner.”