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Bayer MaterialScience: Touchscreen technology buy

The US subsidiary of Bayer MaterialScience (BMS, Leverkusen / Germany; www.bayerbms.com) has acquired electroactive polymer specialist Artificial Muscle (AMI, Sunnyvale, California / USA; www.artificialmuscle.com). The specialist in touchscreen panels for consumer electronics was spun off from Stanford Research Institute International in 2004.

BMS said the deal will give it access to a broad portfolio of patents for films as well as complementary technology. The “EPAM” technology used in AMI’s touchscreen panels is said to reproduce the feeling of conventional keyboards, which is expected to provide significant application potential in electronic devices such as smartphones, gaming controllers and touchpads.

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