Unidym

Company Background

Unidym was owned by Arrowhead Research Corporation prior to 2011 at which point it was acquired by Wisepower Corporation, a Korea-based electronics company that produces battery packs and charging devices for mobile phones among other electronic devices for consumers (1). Today, Unidym remains a subsidiary of Wisepower focusing on the development of CNT-based technology for use in electronic applications (1).

Position in the Nanotechnology Value Chain

Unidym serves as a manufacturer of nanomaterials and intermediates. The company develops carbon nanotube (CNT) materials and films for applications in the electronics industry (3). At the input level, the company manufactures fuel cell electrodes for use in powering portable electronics. Further, Unidym develops CNT-based solar conductive films for the advancement of solar cells and various other applications within the touch screen and liquid crystal display (LCD) industry (1). Unidym also has an extensive collection of intellectual property portfolios within the CNT industry (3). The company’s compilation of patents protects its products while allowing the company to commercialize their technologies outside of their product development efforts (3). With most of its applications are positioned within the electronics industry, the company’s technologies lie mainly within the electronic component manufacturing industry, specifically in terms of semiconductor equipment and primary battery manufacturing. Unidym also plays a role in the chemical manufacturing industry within the carbon and graphite product manufacturing sub-sector.

Suppliers and Buyers

Unidym sells its CNT-based products directly to both end customers and industry partners. Although the company’s chief interest is in electronic applications, Unidym also develops products for applications in the life sciences, automotive, and energy industries (3). In terms of their main line of business, the company’s electrodes and thin-film transistors are sold to buyers in the semiconductor and LCD industries for use in devices such as touch panels, displays, and solar-conductive films (3). Unidym also profits from its nanotechnology-related intellectual property, selling the rights to their technologies to partners in many fields including those interested in its applicability in aerospace and military products (1).

In 2010, Unidym initiated a distribution agreement with NanoIntegris, Inc., an Illinois-based nanomaterial provider who began supplying Unidym with single-walled carbon nanotubes created using high-pressure carbon monoxide processes (2). The company has also established a major alliance with Samsung Electronics Corporation. Unidym granted Samsung rights to their intellectual property in 2010, allowing Samsung to commercialize Unidym’s CNT-enabled technologies through their consumer electronic products (4). In 2011, the company entered a joint development contract with Nissha Printing Company, a manufacturer of industrial materials and electronic components, agreeing to supply Nissha with their CNT technologies for use in developing R-D touch panels using conductive carbon films (2).

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Sources

  1. OneSource (2012). Unidym, Inc. Company Report. Retrieved via Duke Library March 8, 2012.
  2. Nanowerk News (2011, December 5). "Unidym Enters Joint Development Agreement with Nissha Printing Co. on Carbon Nanotube-Based Products."  Retrieved from www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=23634.php
  3. Unidym, Inc. (2012). Retrieved on March 8, 2012 from www.unidym.com
  4. Business Wire (2010, December 8). "Unidym Announces Alliance with Samsung Electronics." Retrieved from General OneFile on March 8, 2012