TDK Ventures backs innovative nanomaterial coating technology company, actnano

– Actnano, Inc., a Cambridge-based startup, is a nanomaterials company that develops smart coating solutions to protect a variety of products from water damage and harsh environmental conditions

– actnano is currently focused on protecting automotive and consumer electronics from electronic system failures, improving safety without compromising performance, connectivity and cost of ownership

– TDK Ventures partners with actnano to leverage its experience in electronic components and systems to support actnano’s groundbreaking work in automotive, consumer electronics and industrial systems

SANJOSE, November 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — TDK Corporation (TSE:6762) today announced that its subsidiary TDK Ventures, Inc. has invested in Series B financing of actnano, a nanomaterials technology company setting new standards for protection of electronics through its water and environmental resistance smart coating solutions that protect a variety of products. actnano is currently focused on customers in the automotive sector and has already applied its coatings to components within approx. 1.2M vehicles on the road today. Its main customers include global automotive and consumer electronics OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers.

actnano’s nanocoating technology is specifically designed to ensure that automotive electronics continue to perform in wet, damp or other harsh environmental conditions. Their hydrophobic and electrically insulating coating can be applied directly to connectors, antennas, LEDs and high heat generating components. Since many types of components and connections have historically been uncoated and therefore vulnerable to water damage, this is a game changer for the industry.

By partnering with actnano, TDK Ventures continues to fulfill its commitment to invest in startups that leverage innovations in basic materials science to contribute to society and the planet for the good of humanity.

President of TDK Ventures Nicholas Sauvage said: “The rapid growth of electric vehicles and self-driving vehicles over the past decade has been amazing. The protection of the electronics of these vehicles, including their advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) , is vital to the continued safety of the general public, as well as the continued growth of electric vehicles, which play an important role in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. For this reason, actnano is a significant investment for TDK Ventures. We are look forward to working with actnano and our co-investors to accelerate the acceleration of market adoption of their breakthrough coatings.”

“When automotive electronics, such as autopilot systems, interact with water or other environmental aggressors, the consequences can be disastrous. There has been virtually no innovation in the protective coating category for decades. decades. With the explosion of technology-laden and autonomous vehicles, a better solution was needed,” said Taymur Ahmad, CEO of actnano. “So that sparked the genesis of our nanomaterial coating technology. I am delighted that TDK Ventures has joined our Series B funding. TDK’s philosophy of contributing to society by supporting entrepreneurs who, like actnano, are dedicated to making the world a better place speaks very strongly about them.”

the $21.75M The Series B funding round was led by BMW i Ventures with participation from TDK Ventures, Hella Ventures, Emerald Technology Ventures, GC Ventures America, Henkel Tech Ventures, Ireon Ventures and Material Impact, which offer unique value for growth of actnano.

To learn more about TDK Ventures, visit www.tdk-ventures.com or contact at [email protected].

About TDK Corporation

TDK Corporation is a global leader in electronics solutions for the smart society based in Tokyo, Japan. Built on a foundation of mastery of materials science, TDK welcomes societal transformations by remaining resolutely at the forefront of technological evolution and deliberately “Attracting Tomorrow”. It was created in 1935 to market ferrite, a key material in electronic and magnetic products. TDK’s comprehensive, innovation-driven portfolio includes passive components such as ceramic, aluminum electrolytic, and film capacitors, as well as magnetic, high-frequency, piezo, and protection devices. The product range also includes sensors and sensor systems such as temperature and pressure, magnetic and MEMS sensors. Additionally, TDK provides power supplies and energy devices, magnetic heads and more. These products are marketed under the TDK, EPCOS, InvenSense, Micronas, Tronics and TDK-Lambda product brands. TDK focuses on the demanding automotive, industrial and consumer electronics, and information and communication technology markets. The company has a network of design and manufacturing sites and sales offices in Asia, Europeand in the North and South America. In fiscal 2020, TDK recorded total sales of $13.3 billion and employed approximately 129,000 people worldwide.

About TDK Ventures

TDK Ventures Inc. invests in startups to strengthen innovation in materials science, energy/electricity and related fields typically underrepresented in venture capital portfolios. Founded in 2019 as a wholly owned subsidiary of TDK Corporation, the venture capital firm’s vision is to propel digital and energy transformations of segments such as health and wellness, next-generation transportation, robotics and industry, mixed reality and the wider IoT/IoT. IIoT Markets. TDK Ventures will co-invest in and support promising portfolio companies by providing technical expertise and access to the global markets where TDK operates. Interested startups or investment partners can contact TDK Ventures: www.tdk-ventures.com Where [email protected].

About actnano:

actnano is setting a new standard for electronics protection with its commercialized water and environmental resistant nanocoating technology, Advanced nanoGuard™ (ANG). The company’s wet ANG coatings can be applied directly to connectors, antennas, LEDs and high heat generating components, allowing electronics manufacturers to fully protect their devices for the first time. With a scalable, turnkey solution that integrates seamlessly into existing manufacturing lines, actnano is positioned to expand its global footprint with leading automotive and consumer electronics manufacturers. Today, the company is a trusted partner to global automotive and consumer electronics OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers as customers, with its ANG technology already integrated into production vehicles and leading smartphones in the world. For more information, please visit www.actnano.com.

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