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DSM and Berliner Glas reach agreement on licensing terms for KhepriCoat anti-reflective coating system

Geleen, NL, 07 Apr 2010 11:00 CEST

DSM Functional Coatings B.V., part of Royal DSM N.V., and Berliner Glas KGaA, a leading European supplier of refined technical glass, announced today that they have agreed the terms of a licensing deal for DSM’s anti-reflective coating system, KhepriCoat™. Berliner Glas intends to use KhepriCoat to improve the performance of its glass in lighting cover applications. The new deal is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2010.

Anti-reflective glass plays an important role in lighting applications as it increases the light produced while at the same time reducing energy consumption. With DSM’s high-efficiency KhepriCoat anti-reflective coating system, light transmission of lighting cover glass can be increased by up to 8% while durability and flexibility are also improved.

Dr. Andreas Nitze, CEO of Berliner Glas: “DSM’s KhepriCoat technology will take the performance of our lighting cover glass to the next level. There is a clear market need for cover glass which provides a higher light output without increasing energy consumption. With KhepriCoat, DSM has succeeded in developing a technology which now enables us to develop lighting cover applications that addresses this need.”

Remko Goudappel, business director DSM Functional Coatings: "Our focus at DSM is to develop innovative, high-performance materials that match society’s sustainability demands and we are delighted to reach this agreement with Berliner Glass to license KhepriCoat. This will bring added value to their lighting customers in terms of better lighting performance, while at the same time making an important environmental contribution."

The Khepricoat coating system was developed as part of DSM’s Functional Coatings program that focuses on finding and testing new and diverse applications for DSM’s proprietary coatings technology platform. It has been developed for a broad range of sustainability-related applications where the increased light transmission leads to higher efficiency and reduced energy consumption. In addition to coatings for lighting applications, Khepricoat played a key enabling role in the first multicrystalline-silicon solar panels in the world to achieve a conversion efficiency of 17%.

KhepriCoat™ is a trademark owned by Royal DSM.

Berliner Glas KGaA

The Berliner Glas Group is one of the leading European providers of optical key components, assemblies and systems as well as high-quality refined technical glass. With the understanding of optical systems and optical production techniques, Berliner Glas develops and integrates optics, mechanics and electronics into innovative system solutions. These solutions are applied worldwide across the whole spectrum of the light-using industry – from medicine to semiconductors, metrology and analysis to defense or as displays, for example in offices, televisions, monitors or navigation systems and all lighting applications.

The Berliner Glas Group consists of companies which have been developing and producing optical solutions for over 100 years. As an owner-managed medium-sized company with around 950 employees at five locations in Germany, Switzerland, China and US, the company puts high effort into staff, research, development, technology and production. More information: www.berlinerglas.com.