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Germany’s Merck Buys Window Maker

by Jean-François Tremblay
July 7, 2014 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 92, ISSUE 27

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Credit: Merck KGaA
Peer+ uses liquid crystals to quickly adjust window darkness.
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Credit: Merck KGaA
Peer+ uses liquid crystals to quickly adjust window darkness.

Merck KGaA has taken full control of Peer+, a Dutch developer of liquid-crystal windows, by acquiring the 30% of the firm it doesn’t already own. Through Peer+, Merck, the world’s largest supplier of liquid crystals, aims to offer smart windows that reduce energy consumption in buildings. Electrically activated liquid-crystal windows can be changed from colorless to tinted to control the thermal activity of external light. Peer+ operates a pilot production line in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

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