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BASF invests in start-up with technology that imparts repellency, adhesion to surfaces

Technology platform can tailor plastic surfaces to significantly reduce fingerprint visibility, for example.

Stephen Moore

November 8, 2017

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BASF invests in start-up with technology that imparts repellency, adhesion to surfaces

BASF Venture Capital is leading an $8 million financing round in the U.S. functional chemistry firm, NBD Nanotechnologies (NBD Nano). Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, NBD Nano is a specialty chemicals company with a proprietary platform technology that gives surfaces unique properties such as repellency or adhesion. BASF is joined in the round by new investor Henkel AG & Co., along with existing investors including Phoenix Venture Partners.

Additive technology platform imparts either adhesive or repellent properties to plastic surfaces.

“NBD Nano’s products allow for a tremendous variety of applications in electronics, consumer goods, and automotive,” said Markus Solibieda, Managing Director at BASF Venture Capital. “In addition, the company’s technology platform provides them with a strong base for future innovations.”

NBD Nano’s product offerings include RepelShell plastic additives that allow any plastic resin to become more repellent than the leading fluoropolymer technologies, and InvisiPrint coatings that significantly reduce fingerprint visibility on a variety of surfaces. “These products are truly unique and will add significant value to NBD Nano’s customers,” added Jacob Grose, Investment Manager at BASF Venture Capital.

“This financing allows us to further grow our business with our customers and partners while continuing to innovate within our proprietary platform,” said Miguel Galvez, CEO of NBD Nano. “We will be able to achieve the scale our customers expect from us and offer our novel solutions, which we have developed independently or in collaboration with leading industry partners, to a wider array of markets.”

About the Author(s)

Stephen Moore

Stephen has been with PlasticsToday and its preceding publications Modern Plastics and Injection Molding since 1992, throughout this time based in the Asia Pacific region, including stints in Japan, Australia, and his current location Singapore. His current beat focuses on automotive. Stephen is an avid folding bicycle rider, often taking his bike on overseas business trips, and is a proud dachshund owner.

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