11.09.07

11.9.2007: Meldung: Toppan Forms and Konarka Announce Agreement

Konarka Technologies, Inc., an innovator in development and commercialization of Power Plastic®, a material that converts light to energy, and Toppan Forms Co., Ltd., a world leader in printing businesses, printable electronics and digital information technologies, today announced they have signed a joint agreement to accelerate the development, manufacturing and commercialization of polymer-based organic photovoltaic (OPV) technologies for consumer and electronic applications. Under the agreement, the mutual goal is to bring Konarka’a organic photovoltaic material, Power Plastic®, to market.

“Konarka’s Power Plastic is flexible, thin, printable and low in cost, providing our organization with promising new business opportunities as we strive to become an integrated information management service company,” commented Masanori Akiyama, president and CEO of Toppan Forms. “With the full-fledged advent of the ubiquitous society under way, we need an ever-present power technology that can be integrated with pervasive networked devices for information collection and distribution. We are delighted to collaborate with Konarka, the world leader in OPV technologies, to accelerate the commercialization of this transformational power technology to the market place.”

Organic photovoltaic material is a thin layer of polymeric materials, sandwiched between two printed electrodes. It can be manufactured by traditional printing processes and generates electricity upon exposure to light. OPV makes it possible for devices, systems and structures to have their own low-cost embedded sources of renewable power. By combining energy generation and power consumption within the same device, system or structure, Konarka’s Power Plastic® enables manufacturers to create truly wireless applications.

“The partnership with Toppan Forms represents a key milestone for the commercialization of Power Plastic,” commented Rick Hess, president and CEO of Konarka. “This relationship enables each company to focus its expertise and resources on key product development processes, continuing our go-to-market strategy of partnering with leading global companies for a variety of applications.”

About Toppan Forms
Toppan Forms Co., Ltd., was established in 1955 as a pioneer in the business forms industry in Japan. Since that time, the company has grown into a leader in the field of Data Print Services and information management services. The company offers a broad spectrum of digital and multimedia products and services. To continue the company’s transformation from paper-based business forms into an integrated information management services, Toppan Forms has developed and invested some key enabling technologies in IT-related fields. The company will continue to stay one step ahead of industry needs with its products and services, opening the way to the future. For more information on Toppan Forms Co., Ltd., visit http://www.toppan-f.co.jp/.

About Konarka Technologies, Inc.
Konarka builds products that convert light to energy – anywhere. As the leading developer of polymer photovoltaic technology that provide a source of renewable power in a variety of form factors for commercial, industrial, government and consumer applications, Konarka has a broad portfolio of patents, technology licenses and an accomplished technical team. The Company"s Power Plastic® technology is focused on delivering lightweight, flexible, scalable and manufacturable products. Konarka Technologies is headquartered in Lowell, Mass., U.S.A., with European headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, business development offices in Asia and a research and development facility in Austria.

For additional information, visit http://www.konarka.com.
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