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Rohm and Haas to Acquire Kodak's Light Management Films Business
Rohm and Haas Company (Philadelphia) has entered into an agreement to acquire Eastman Kodak Company's (Rochester, N.Y.) Light Management Films business. The business produces advanced films that improve the brightness and efficiency of liquid crystal displays (LCD).
As part of the agreement, Rohm and Haas will acquire the intellectual property (IP) associated with Kodak's light management films, including patent and trademarks, know-how, trade secrets, the business's portfolio of current and future products, and a license to additional IP. The acquisition also includes a semiworks facility in Rochester and the supply of key raw materials. Following the close of the transaction, Rohm and Haas will build a dedicated, high-volume manufacturing facility in Asia. Start-up is planned for early 2008.
"Today's announcement is an exciting first step in building our Flat Panel Display Technologies business," said Dr. Yi Hyon Paik, vice president and business group director, Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials. "The addition of advanced light management films complements our growing portfolio of flat panel materials. Kodak has done a great job creating unique display films and establishing an initial market position in Asia. The technology pipeline is deep and well-positioned to meet emerging display requirements, especially in the fast-growing LCD TV market," Paik added.
Robert Cournoyer, general manager of Kodak's Light Management Films business, noted that the business is an excellent fit with Rohm and Haas. "This is great news for our customers and our people because it puts the business and its capabilities in the hands of a company with a strong track record in the electronic materials industry."
Kodak, a world leader in imaging technology, has developed a family of light management films used in a variety of applications. The first adaptation of this technology for the flat panel industry uses millions of individual lenses randomly arranged on a polycarbonate film. One of several light management layers in a typical LCD application, this film improves brightness, color consistency, and viewing angle while reducing moire, an optical abnormality common in commercial films.