Issue Date: August 8, 2016
Merck KGaA widens its LCD offering
Merck KGaA, the world’s top producer of liquid crystals used in displays, is strengthening its stake in the business. The German firm has signed a license agreement with the British firm Nanoco allowing Merck to produce cadmium-free quantum dots, which are used to enhance color in liquid crystal displays. Separately, Merck says it will spend $17 million to build a plant that produces liquid crystal windows. In June 2014, Merck acquired Peer+, a Dutch firm specializing in such windows, which can be electrically activated to control external light.
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