Multi-Year Supply Agreement Provides Early Access to New Specialty Materials
HALIFAX, NS, Nov. 3, 2020 /CNW/ – Metamaterial Inc. (“Company” or “META”) (CSE: MMAT) a developer of high-performance functional materials and nanocomposites, today announced it has signed a multi-year supply deal with Covestro Deutschland AG, which will provide early access to new photo-sensitive holographic film materials, the building block of META’s holographic product. This agreement will not only allow unprecedented early access to Covestro’s R&D library of photopolymer films but will accelerate META’s product development and speed of innovation. Target markets include photonics/optical filters and holographic optical elements, diffusers, laser eye protection, optical combiners, and AR (augmented reality) applications.
Covestro and META have been working successfully together for the last few years to create metaAIR® laser glare protection eyewear, which was launched in 2019. The product is based on the new holographic photopolymer film Bayfol® HX120, which was developed jointly with Covestro specifically for the optical filter application, the full case study can be found here. In eyewear, metaAIR® filters the light of specific wavelengths without distortion of the color spectrum and thus protects pilots while ensuring no added operational risk. The product is now available via META’s global distributor SATAIR A/S, one of the world’s leading distributors of aircraft equipment.
“As Covestro continues to develop important new photosensitive film materials, early access to samples will allow META to design and continue to grow a library of optimized nanostructured solutions for a range of applications” said George Palikaras, President and CEO at Metamaterial Inc. “META aims to act as the catalyst and enable our OEM customers to rapidly bring breakthrough new products to market.”
Moritz Winterstein, Head of Holography at Covestro, comments, “We are excited to enter this deeper collaboration. Combining critical raw materials, such as our holographic photopolymer film Bayfol® HX120, with software and AI-enabled development at META will allow our joint customers to bring new products to market faster and more efficiently than before.”
A more sustainable solution for a wider range of optical filters and components
META and Covestro see good opportunities to introduce new optical filters based on volume holographic optical elements (vHOE). Conventional thin film coated optical filter production involves deposition systems and a costly, slow coating process, typically using rare earth metals and scarce minerals. Encouraged to find substitutes for resource conservation META selected Covestro’s raw materials as the ideal alternative. The solution is a polymer material, and a process that is more environmentally sustainable, which together enjoy a cost advantage as well. There are many potential uses, for example: to protect sensors used in ADAS and autonomous vehicle systems, in ophthalmic devices to improve back-/foreground colors in sports, and in biomedical instruments used for fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy. META’s experience with Bayfol® HX120 should make it the ideal go-to-market partner for optical filter applications.
About Metamaterial Inc.
META is changing the way we use, interact and benefit from light. META designs and manufactures advanced materials and performance functional films which are engineered at the nanoscale to control light and electromagnetic waves. META is currently developing new materials with diverse applications in the automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics and medical industries. META has a growing patent portfolio with three core technologies; holographic, lithographic, and wireless sensing, designed for high volume applications. META is headquartered in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and has offices in London, UK and Pleasanton, California.
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