Kuraray invests in barrier films start-up to ramp glass encapsulant replacement

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Japan-based specialty chemical company, Kuraray Co has invested in US-based start-up Vitriflex Inc to support the manufacturing ramp of its flexible ultra-barrier film that can be used to replace glass as an encapsulant in electronic devices, including solar PV products for consumer applications. Financial details were not disclosed.

As part of that strategic collaboration, Kuraray led the new equity investment round, which includes Toshio Suzuki, vice president of Kuraray America being appointed to the board of Vitriflex.

Vitriflex’s barrier film could be used in new categories of flexible solar modules, next generation OLED and LCD displays, and solid state lighting, according to the company.

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