XTPL Submicron Lab Printer

XTPL has attracted the attention of key global players and is now entering the NewConnect market. Subscriptions for shares will begin this quarter

XTPL, a company that is developing a technology for ultra-fine printing of nanomaterials, has decided to make its début on the NewConnect market. The company is planning to gain as much as PLN 10m to be used for building application labs and starting the global sale of its technology. The method of printing electrically conductive lines that are 400 times thinner than a human hair can revolutionize the industry of photovoltaic panels and displays.

XTPL develops a ground-breaking technology of ultra-fine printing of a wide spectrum of nanomaterials that is protected by a patent application. The method under development is innovative on a global scale and it allows to produce lines which are less  than 100-nm wide, i.e. over 400 times narrower than the standard lines used for digital printing or screen printing. XTPL’s technology allows to create ultra-thin and transparent electrically conductive lines which may be used e.g. in manufacturing a new generation of TCF (Transparent Conductive Films) applied in the production of photovoltaic panels, displays, touch screens and flexible electronics.

–  The value of the TCF is estimated at USD 5bn today and it is predicted to rise around a dozen percent year-to-year. In 2022, the market value should exceed USD 7.5bn. Furthermore, experts estimate that by 2050 solar energy will have become one of the greatest sources of electricity in the world, with 16% coming from photovoltaic cells. Therefore, the market in which XTPL operates has fantastic growth prospects and the potential for success is confirmed by the letters of intent that we have already received from international companies and institutes. They include .e.g Trina Solar (China) listed on the NYSE and other global leaders – says Dr Filip Granek, CEO at XTPL.

At present, the TCF market is dominated by ITO (indium tin oxide) films. Due to technological limitations (no flexibility, low transparency and high surface resistance), fluctuating prices of indium, restricted resources and dynamic development of flexible electronics, ITO lost its initial appeal. Manufacturers are therefore looking for technologically more efficient solutions at lower prices that will allow them to become independent from indium with its supply being controlled mainly by China.

Research and tests performed by the XTPL team confirm that the technology has higher transparency, higher flexibility and lower electric resistance in comparison with ITO. Hence it will enable increasing performance and reducing solar cell production costs as well as lower power consumption by displays and better colour saturation of the image. Furthermore, the method developed by XTPL allows to produce such films that will not lose their properties when bended. XTPL’s solution makes it possible for the solar cell and display manufacturers to switch to flexible surfaces.

The company dedicates its technology to the photovoltaic industry and producers of displays, but it is looking forward to expanding into new sectors. It has started building the application laboratory where it will test the possibilities of using the nanomaterial printing technology in completely new areas. Examples include printed electronics, nanophotonics, microphotonics, smart windows and anti-counterfeit solutions.

– We will use a part of profits from our shares to develop the application lab. The remaining funds will be invested in the global technological collaboration and sales of our technology. We have been participating in international meetings, conferences and trade fairs where we can find future partners. We have paved the way and each month more and more people and companies around the world learn about XTPL’s technology – adds Granek.

The company will provide prospective customers with a comprehensive technological solution, i.e. devices (lab printers and industrial printers) and nanoinks enabling the production of TCF. This business strategy will give the company two revenue sources: one-time (printers) and ongoing (inks).

XTPL will make its début on the NewConnect market in the first half of 2017. Subscriptions for shares will start in May/June. There will be a separate notification from the company.

Experts’ trust

XTPL ranks high on the list of technology businesses in Poland with the greatest number of awards. It has been a winner and a finalist of numerous competitions in Poland and other countries. The company is the winner of the first Polish edition of the MIT Enterprise Forum Poland accelerator licensed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the company was also awarded one of the largest grants in the second edition of the competition organized by Poland’s National Centre for Research and Development.

XTPL has been recognized internationally on numerous occasions. It received the prestigious European SME Instruments grant as one of very few Polish enterprises. It was the first Polish company to enter the finals of the famous biannual IPho Venture Summit in Bordeaux, France. XTPL is also the first and the only company to represent Poland in the finals of the international Climate Venture Summit in Frankfurt, Germany.

More information about the company: http://xt-pl.com/en/inwestorzy.

Conductive lines over 400 times thinner than a human hair. A new breakthrough in the R&D project of the XTPL team.

XTPL is working on a technology of ultra-fine printing of nanomaterials and it has just reached a new breakthrough by reducing the printed line width to 124 nanometres. The entire process of producing the lines is completely repeatable, which means that XTPL can start commercializing its original technology.

Flexible solar cells that can more effectively transform sunlight into electric energy or liquid-crystal displays with unmatched image sharpness and depth are only two examples of tomorrow’s technologies which will use transparent conductive films. Such films let the light pass through and function as extremely efficient electric conductors. XTPL is developing a cutting-edge technology of ultra-fine printing of nanomaterials that will allow to produce such films.

Previously, we printed lines that were 100 times thinner than a human hair. Now they are 400 times thinner. It is a great milestone for us and it shows how revolutionary our method is. Thinner lines open up completely new possibilities of using XTPL’s technology. Based on evidence, we can safely say that our research and development team has been making great progress in the process of printing control and development. The nanometre scale in which we operate is both extremely attractive due to its potential and very difficult. We have managed to gain control over the printing of nanomaterials and make it repeatable, explains Dr Filip Granek, CEO at XTPL.

Owing to the repeatability and control, researchers can now test their technology in collaboration with potential customers.

We present XTPL’s technology at many international meetings and conferences. We have seen great interest in our solution from the very beginning and we have received letters of intent from the key players in the photovoltaic sector, e.g. from Trina Solar. However, all these companies have awaited the moment when we are ready to test our technology with them in the production of specific solutions. That moment is now, adds Filip Granek.

The XTPL technology is appealing specifically to manufacturers of photovoltaic panels and liquid-crystal displays. The sunlight entering a solar cell in today’s devices reflects from conductive lines. XTPL lines are so thin that sun rays do not reflect but only refract, which increases the absorption of solar energy. In the case of mobile devices, the emitted light has no obstacles in the form of wires. The thin conductive lines made by XTPL result in the light having a smaller obstacle to get through and that is why the same level of display brightness can be achieved, while less energy is consumed. This also extends the battery life.

XTPL is developing its invention in the cutting-edge laboratories of the EIT+ Research Centre based in Wrocław. Our business is run by an interdisciplinary team of scientists and technologists with cumulated experience of 80 years in the fields of chemistry, physics, electronics and materials engineering. The technology of ultra-fine printing of nanomaterials is protected by the patent application.

XTPL SA is planning to enter the NewConnect market in the first half of this year. You can contact the company to gain more information and learn the expected time of the share issue.

XTPL will present its technology in the United States.

XTPL will take part in the AUTM 2017 Annual Meeting which gathers world-class experts in technology transfer. XTPL’s goal is to present the first version of the lab printer dedicated to research and development centres.

The XTPL technology has entered the stage which allows it to be presented. The company has already started contacting scientists, members of research institutes and entrepreneurs who would be willing to collaborate. In March, XTPL will attend the AUTM Annual Meeting. The event attracts nearly 2,000 specialists involved in technology transfer on a daily basis.

The Association of University Technology Managers is an organisation of 3,300 intellectual property managers from more than 350 universities, research institutes and educational institutions as well as entrepreneurs and members of government organisations. It is a great opportunity for us to meet them and discuss the possible applications of XTPL’s lab printer at their institutes and in their business projects. We do hope that the AUTM Annual Meeting will open new prospects for us in the US market, says Filip Granek, CEO at XTPL.

MIT Enterprise Forum Poland will organise the meetings between XTPL and scientists, members of research institutes, entrepreneurs and representatives of industry institutions.

Such international events allow us to start invaluable relations with companies from around the world as well as to discover completely new uses for our technology, sometimes in such areas which are not our first-choice markets. Participation in such events results not only in contract signing, but also in the expansion in the possible fields of use for our invention, adds Filip Granek.

The AUTM 2017 Annual Meeting will take place on 12–15 March in Florida, USA.

XTPL at the LOPEC international trade fair of printed electronics.

At the end of March 2017, XTPL will participate in the LOPEC trade fair and conference in Munich where various industrial applications of printed electronics will be presented. The event is targeted at manufacturers and users from all around the world and its goal is to show innovative products and identify current trends.

LOPEC is an international event which attracts businesses, scientists and researchers from around the globe. This year’s edition will focus on the possible use of printed electronics in various sectors, e.g. in health services, the automotive industry, the packaging sector as well as in the energy industry and consumer electronics. Recent research results and future challenges for companies will also be discussed. The accompanying conference will include 200 presentations by international experts who will address topics related to the participants’ areas of interest. The presentations will fall into 3 categories: technology, science and business.

The event in Munich gathers the entire printed electronics industry, so XTPL is definitely obliged to attend. Researchers, manufacturers and users will all be there in one place and it will be another opportunity for us to engage in networking and find potential technological and business partners. We are looking forward to fruitful discussions which will allow us to present the benefits of the XTPL technology and learn about other companies’ achievements in the field of printed electronics. We also want to talk with users of this technology to find out more about their changing needs, since it is our ambition to adapt our solution to the growing expectations and requirements of people who use the flexible printed electronics on a daily basis, says Filip Granek, PhD, CEO at XTPL.

LOPEC is one of international events to be attended by XTPL in the nearest future. In March, the company will present its technology at the AUTM Annual Meeting in Florida, USA, while in May XTPL’s printer prototype will be shown at the Printed Electronics Europe Trade Fair in Berlin.

XTPL is one of the innovation leaders in the EU Horizon 2020 Programme.

The international potential of XTPL as a technology business was recognized by the European Union experts and the company received the EU subsidy under the support programme for the most innovative technology projects in Europe. This grant is designated for the most promising European enterprises which develop ground-breaking technologies and implement a robust business strategy that will allow them to enter international markets. The Horizon 2020 Framework Programme is so far the largest-scale initiative for financing research and innovation in the European Union.

The budget for 2014-2020 is nearly EUR 80 billion. As part of the programme, the SME Instrument provides support to the most innovative technology businesses in Europe. The beneficiaries are selected through a contest in which enterprises from may countries participate. The experts choose a small group of innovation leaders that work on technologies with global aspirations and show readiness to face the challenges of global market competition. These criteria are met by less than 10% of participating companies.

– XTPL is being noticed more and more, also outside Poland, and the potential of our technology is appreciated by world-class experts. The grant under the Horizon 2020 Programme demonstrates that in the opinion of the EU specialists our solution can significantly increase innovativeness and the competitive advantage of Europe in the world. This success means a lot to us, especially that only a small number of participants in the contest earned that recognition. The technology of ultra-fine printing of nanomaterials can have versatile applications that will benefit businesses, consumers and entire countries as well. We are really glad that this potential has been recognized in the European forum – says Filip Granek, PhD, co-founder and CEO at XTPL SA.

1200 European business have been subsidised during the first two years of the SME Instrument implementation. By the end of the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, the small and medium enterprise support will have covered 7500 most innovative businesses from all around Europe. The funds will help them develop concepts and technologies as well as expand globally.

The financial support under the Horizon 2020 Programme aims to reinforce the knowledge-based European economy and assist in solving social issues of our continent as well as to boost the economic growth and create new jobs in the EU member states.

EIT’s recognition for XTPL.

The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), the key European institution supporting innovation, selected 12 most promising start-ups in Europe and invited them to Berlin for an international meeting with the prestigious media representatives. For the first time ever, a Polish company received that recognition.

The selection of companies invited to the Berlin meeting was not at all random. The European Institute of Innovation & Technology chose the best start-ups from among those that had taken part in its acceleration programmes. The participation in such a programme involves a complex qualification process and requires great commitment as well as effective presentation of the developed technology along with its benefits.

XTPL is the first Polish company to be invited to this type of meeting organised by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology.

In Berlin, XTPL had the opportunity to present its invention to journalists from all around Europe. They included contributors of Computer Weekly, Le Soir, La Stampy, Forbes, BBC, Deutsche Welle and TOK FM among others. Representatives of XTPL had the chance to talk individually with all the journalists attending the meeting.

It was an extremely important event for us, especially as a great opportunity to attract the attention of the European media and present our company to a wide audience in the Old Continent. XTPL’s technology can be used for photovoltaic panels as well as displays. This means that each and every user of mobile devices can actually benefit from it. We are really happy to talk about how our invention may improve the comfort of using smartphones or tablets, says Filip Granek, PhD, CEO at XTPL.

The meeting was held on 22–23 November 2016.

The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) was established in 2008 at the initiative of the European Union with the goal to create the European counterpart of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Governing Board of the EIT is based in Budapest.

XTPL among the leading young companies supporting the advanced and ground-breaking approach to climate change.

XTPL was one of 15 companies in the world and the only Polish participant to present its technology at the Climate Innovation Summit in Frankfurt. The meeting was attended by over 300 leading representatives of the public sector, industry and major research institutions who discussed international collaboration aimed at developing low emission economy and sustainable growth.

The XTPL technology which may be used in the production of photovoltaic panels and displays with the benefit of increased efficiency has already attracted the attention of the largest European climate change association during the Polish edition of the Climate-KIC Accelerator Programme. As the winner, XTPL got the opportunity to present its technology in Frankfurt and meet the representatives of the major investment funds in Europe.

The meeting in Frankfurt was a great opportunity for us to talk with the European Union representatives responsible for issues related to climate change. These were really fruitful conversations. We met Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that received the Noble Peace Prize in 2007. We could listen to representatives of such organizations as AXA Group or BP Ventures. It was a chance for us to spread the information about the XTPL technology in an international environment as well as to contribute to the European debate on the future climate of our continent and of the entire globe, says Sebastian Młodziński, Chairman of the Board at XTPL SA.

One result of these talks was the invitation of XTPL to Berlin for the “Start-Up Europe” meeting with journalists organized by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). In Berlin, selected companies had the opportunity to speak about their technologies to representatives of the leading European media.

Each meeting of this kind allows us to make important contacts, which then leads to new talks about the XTPL technology in the international setting. Today, we are among leading young companies in Europe that develop technologies supporting the advanced and ground-breaking approach to climate change. It is a great honour for us, adds Sebastian Młodziński.

The Berlin meeting took place on 22-23 November.

XTPL wins the Polish preliminary of the Climate-KIC Venture competition 2016. The company will represent Poland in the competition finals in Frankfurt.

Climate-KIC Accelerator Programme is the biggest European grant programme for business concepts related to the environment protection, sustainable growth and climate care. Having won

Climate-KIC Accelerator Programme is the biggest European grant programme for business concepts related to the environment protection, sustainable growth and climate care. Having won the Polish preliminary, XTLP qualifies to compete in the final round in Frankfurt and take the opportunity to present its technology to international companies and investors.

As part of the programme, the XTPL representatives took part in numerous training sessions provided by experts from Poland, Germany and the Netherlands. On 5-6 September 2016 in Wrocław, final presentations by all participants were evaluated by the jury and the organizer of the Polish edition of the programme, i.e. Dolnośląska Agencja Rozwoju Regionalnego SA (the Lower Silesian Regional Development Agency).

Our grant programme is a perfect opportunity to enter the international market. It covers 11 regions of the European Union and Switzerland. Great trainers from all over the world, training sessions and coaching related to topics targeted to young entrepreneurs as well as financial support in the form of grants are all the key benefits of the programme, says Tomasz Pająk, Project Manager, Climate-KIC Acceleration Programme.

XTPL has won the prestigious first prize and it will represent Poland during the European finals in Frankfurt.

Participation in the Climate-KIC Accelerator has brought us diverse benefits. We took part in valuable workshops and training sessions and we met people with great passion and broad knowledge about business development. Last but not least, we have the opportunity to show our technology in Frankfurt. Winning the Polish edition of Climate-KIC gives us another chance to present our company and our technology in an international setting. New contacts around the world are of great importance to us. That is why I am looking forward to the programme finals, says Sebastian Młodziński, CEO at XTPL.

The European finals will take place at the beginning of November.

XTPL recommended for a grant under the Go Global Programme.

XTPL is one the companies that have been positively evaluated in the two-stage assessment process and recommended by experts for a grant under the Go Global programme. It is carried out by the National Centre for Research and Development and it supports commercialization of research results and transition from local to global markets.

80 companies participated in the second edition of Go Global. They submitted grant applications to be evaluated by a board of experts. One of the stages involved a presentation of the technology to the experts.

It was not the first time we talked about our technology in order to convince people that it is worth investing in. This time we emphasised its international potential, because we were applying for a grant to develop a strategy of expansion to the U.S. market. There is already a great amount of interest in XTPL internationally. We have received several letters of intent from companies operating in different parts of the globe and we continually get inquiries from international enterprises. It is a confirmation that the technology of Transparent Conductive Films manufactured with the method developed by XTPL has a great future on global markets, says Sebastian Młodziński, CEO at XTPL.

XTPL’s expert partner upon submitting the application was MIT Enterprise Forum Poland that will introduce the company to the U.S. market if the grant is won.

We are happy to continue our support for XTPL after completing the acceleration under the MIT Enterprise Forum Poland programme. We do believe that our competences and the network of contacts will prove helpful in planning XTPL’s international expansion, particularly onto the American market, says Paweł Bochniarz, CEO at the MIT Enterprise Forum Poland Foundation.

The best projects in the Go Global programme will receive grants of total value reaching PLN 5m. Entrepreneurs will be able to use the funds for preparing a strategy to enter global markets and gain knowledge on how to adapt their products to specific regional requirements. The grant can also be applied towards development and verification of the strategy in relations with potential investors and business partners.

Renewable energy is increasingly popular all over the world. Furthermore, displays are used in nearly every part of the globe. Each technology that can enhance their production process as well as lower the costs and improve people’s lives will stand the chance of gaining widespread interest. This is our guiding principle in the efforts to start collaboration with international players, adds Sebastian Młodziński.

XTPL w finale ABSL Start-Up challenge!

XTPL znalazł się w gronie finalistów ABSL Start-Up Challenge – konkursu dla startupów, którego najlepsi uczestnicy zaprezentują swoje firmy już 29 czerwca na żywo podczas dorocznej konferencji ABSL.

Jurorzy wybrali XTPL do finałowej trójki w kategorii Robotyka i Automatyzacja Procesów. Pitching i ogłoszenie zwycięzców odbędzie się w drugim dniu konferencji ABSL. W trzech konkursowych kategoriach zaprezentuje się łącznie 9 startupów, a zwycięzcy zostaną wyłonieni w jawnym głosowaniu jurorów. W jury konkursu zasiadają doświadczeni biznesmeni – eksperci z firm należących do ABSL oraz osobowości znane z polskiej sceny startupowej.

Finał konkursu ABSL Start-Up Challenge to dla nas kolejna szansa na zaprezentowanie technologii XTPL szerokiemu gronu odbiorców. W Katowicach czeka nas pitching przed setkami widzów. Będziemy mieli zaledwie dwie minuty, by opowiedzieć o naszym przedsięwzięciu w sposób, który przekona jurorów i publiczność – mówi Sebastian Młodziński, prezes XTPL.

Ideą ABSL Start-Up Challenge jest budowanie pomostu pomiędzy startupami i dużymi firmami, a także promocja młodych talentów – osób, które tworzą innowacyjne przedsiębiorstwa z globalnym potencjałem.

Konferencja ABSL jest najważniejszym wydarzeniem sektora nowoczesnych usług biznesowych w Europie Środkowo-Wschodniej. Jej tegoroczna, siódma edycja odbywać się będzie pod hasłem “Transforming Ourselves. Changing the World”. Organizatorem konferencji i konkursu jest Związek Liderów Sektora Usług Biznesowych (Association of Business Service Leaders in Poland, ABSL) – wiodąca organizacja branżowa, zrzeszająca ponad 170 globalnych inwestorów.