Other printed electronics acquisitions by BASF and Merck also miss the mark, while Xerox’s deal represents a strong deal.
Jonathan Melnick, Lux Research Senior Analyst10.06.15
Leading companies like Apple, Merck KGaA, BASF, and Xerox have made high-profile acquisitions of start-ups in printed electronics. However, many of the companies acquired have been second-tier players, leaving more attractive acquisition or partnership targets open, according to Lux Research.
Of the recent high-profile deals, only Xerox’s tie-up with smart packaging developer, Thin Film Electronics, represents a clear winning transaction, according to an evaluation of start-ups on the Lux Innovation Grid. In contrast, Qlight, Seashell, and Infinite Power Solutions – the acquisitions respectively of Merck, BASF, and Apple – were not leaders in their segments.
While Apple, BASF, and Merck have different goals for their acquisitions, none of these companies had best-in-class technology. Xerox alone partnered with the top developer, Thin Film Electronics,”. Evaluating the Recent Printed Electronics Acquisitions and Partnerships Involving Merck, BAS
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