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Date:4/29/2008

ls and flexible displays and lighting industry manufacturers who are currently evaluating the barrier films for product qualification, says Dr. Mark Auch, a member of the IMRE team who is actively involved in the commercialization of the technology.

IMRE has already signed agreements with a number of companies to advance the technology into the commercial domain. This includes a collaboration agreement with G24Innovations, a thin film solar cell manufacturer to look into developing the films for use in solar cells.

Clemens Betzel, the president of G24Innovations, who was in Singapore for the signing of the cooperation agreement, said, "The cutting edge work of IMRE's Barrier Substrates is likely to mean significant progress for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells, as exclusively manufactured today by G24I. We are looking forward to broadening our relationship with IMRE in the coming months."

IMRE has also signed a commercialisation agreement with KISCO (Asia), a subsidiary of the Japanese parent company KISCO Ltd., to commercialise and market the barrier films in the Asia Pacific region.

We have a long-standing research relationship with IMRE and are very familiar with their work. We have high confidence in the quality of IMREs barrier films and we believe, that this partnership will be beneficial to both parties, says Albin Tan, General Manager of KISCO (Asia), Singapore.

More about IMREs Barrier Film Technology:

Current barriers have a series of alternating polymer and metal oxide layers that make up the plastic. This staggers adjacent pinholes, natural defects in the layers, thus slowing the passage of moisture and air through the pinholes.

The secret behind the effectiveness of IMREs technology lies in the unique barrier stack design, where nanoparticles are used when layering the barrier films. The design has a special layer of nanoparticles between the pinhole oxide layers. The innovativeness become
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