Teijin: NanoGram

Company Background

NanoGram Corporation was founded in 2002, and its headquarters remain in Milpitas, CA (1). In 2010, the company was acquired by Teijin Ltd., a publicly owned Japanese chemical and pharmaceutical company. NanoGram remains a wholly owned subsidiary of the Teijin Group, responsible for developing silicon-based nanoparticles to help its parent corporation further its expansion into the information and electronics market as well as the environment and energy market (2). As part of the company’s contribution to Teijin’s research and development department, NanoGram is currently focused on applying its silicon nanoparticles to developing inks and films for creation of the world’s first semiconductor device exhibiting enhanced transistor characteristics (2).

Position in the Nanotechnology Value Chain

NanoGram mainly serves as a manufacturer of inorganic nanomaterials. The company produces silicon-based compound nanoparticles using a laser pyrolysis method with proprietary equipment. This is a technique that significantly lowers the costs of creating silicon inks for semiconductor use. Their technologies are key to the production of electronic components using printing methods, known as printable electronics, and to aiding Teijin Group’s research on the development of high efficiency solar cells, thin-film transistors, and liquid crystal displays (LCD) (2).

Suppliers and Buyers

NanoGram is currently collaborating with Teijin Group’s Integrative Technology Research Institute to merge Teijin’s existing organic materials with the development of NanoGram’s inorganic materials (2). The companies are hoping to jointly commercialize the resultant products by the year 2017 (2). Buyers of the company’s nanoscale compositions will also include makers of LCDs using thin-film transistors (TFTs), solar cell manufacturers, and creators of other devices incorporating silicon ink technologies (2). The commercialization of NanoGram’s developments will enable a range of applications in the optical, electronic, imaging, biomedical, and energy industries (1). Further, other branches of Teijin Group’s extensive corporate family will make use of NanoGram’s nanotechnology efforts to facilitate penetration into the flexible devices market (2).

Strategic Partnerships

As a subsidiary of the company, NanoGram’s primary allegiance is with the Teijin Corporation. However, the company also developed a strategic development and manufacturing supply agreement with Nagase & Co., Ltd. in 2006 (1). Nagase agreed to support NanoGram’s in terms of business development and technical resources for the future commercialization of NanoGram’s silicon nanoparticles in the Japanese market (3). In 2008, NanoGram also established a joint development agreement with their previous investor Tokyo Electron, Ltd., a company focused on using NanoGram’s silicon-based products and solutions to advance thin film deposition tools (4).

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  1. InsideView Business Directory: NanoGram Corporation. Retrieved on September 10, 2012 from www.insideview.com/directory/nanogram-corporation
  2. "Teijin Acquires NanoGram Corp." (2010, August 9). Retrieved on September 10, 2012 from www.teijin.co.jp/english/news/2010/ebd100809.html
  3. "NanoGram Corporation and Nagase & Co., Ltd. Form Relationship for Japanese Market Penetration.” (2006, October 16). Retrieved from www.thefreelibrary.com/NanoGram+Corporation+and+Nagase+%26+Co.,+Ltd.+For...
  4. Nanowerk (2008, November 11). "NanoGram and Tokyo Electron Agree Thin-Film Photovoltaics Joint Development." Retrieved from www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=8127.php
  5. AZoNano (2009, March 16). "Teijin Limited to Develop NanoGram's Printed Silicon Ink under Technology Development Agreement." Retrieved on September 7, 2012 www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=10430