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Asia's Rapid & Aggressive Drive Toward

Nanotech Commercialization

October 2012  
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Emerging Nanotech Power

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Ne3LS Network International Conference 2012, 1-2 November, Montreal,Canada


International - Network Forum on Nanotechnology, 15 November, Kyoto, Japan


Workshop on Galium Nitride Applications 29 November, Suzhou, China


8th World Islamic Economic Forum anofair 2012  December 4-6, 2012, Johor Bahru, Malaysia


nano tech 2013  Jan.30-Feb. 1, 2012, Tokyo, Japan

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Warm greetings from NanoGlobe!
In this newsletter we have 2 Commentaries below:

- Dr. Mark Foley, Senior Consultant, Japan


Asia's Rapid & Aggressive Drive Toward Nanotech Commercialization


The locus of nanotech business has been moved to Asia by the speed, aggressiveness and $$$$ being put toward the commercialization of nanotech in Asia.


Korean electronics giants are investing heavily in nanotech R&D. If (and when), some nanotechnology proves feasible, the Koreans will probably be first in the world to ramp it up. Korea is also home to cashed-up conglomerates that are looking for the 'next thing'. These giants can buy up whole value chains, such as Hanwa Chemical did in the solar business. Or make strategic investments in nanotech companies, such as POSCO has in nano carbons.


This may be good news for nanotech companies looking for an exit or survival. On the other hand it can mean that your nanotech materials supplier ends up in the hands of your competitor. It's an important point that many of the small nanotech materials companies probably cannot survive as stand-alone businesses over the medium term. Who's going to buy your supplier or partner?


Chinese companies are rapidly moving up the value chain. Chinese companies are supplying many advanced materials markets previously dominated by Japanese suppliers- from lithium ion battery materials to phosphor materials for LEDs. Most of these Chinese companies are focused on selling into the domestic Chinese markets. Remember, the domestic Chinese market is so huge that these companies can grow rapidly and can end up being very large. In 10 years, some of these Chinese companies are going to be huge within China, even without going international. Today's global leaders from the U.S. or Europe are probably going to look small in comparison to the Chinese companies in 10 years.


NanoGlobe has noticed another interesting trend during our visits of companies in China. We have observed that Chinese companies are creating not only their own special processes in order to develop their companies' proprietary materials or products, but they are also designing their own equipment. Even venture companies. They do not want to be restricted to standard processes, so they have advanced to tuning that intimate link between equipment and process in order to improve their product even more.


NanoGlobe will detail more of these rapid developments in the battery, PV, nano carbon, printed electronics and other industries in future newsletters.


Whether you are big or small, NanoGlobe is always on the ground, there, ready to help you understand and navigate such opportunities and threats.  

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 A Nanotech Venture Paradise?

We mention the city Suzhou in China quite often. There is something interesting going on Suzhou.


We are always surprised when we visit Suzhou, because there are always new nanotech companies starting up every month. It is such a dynamic environment, with over 200 nanotech start-ups. It is just crazy. It seems the norm for professors from research institutes and universities to also have their spin-off nanotech venture company on the side.


Of course, as with anywhere, you will expect the failure rate of ventures to be high down the road, and when it seems everyone is doing a start-up you may question how solid are their business propositions. However, just have such a dynamic environment is quite impressive, and rare to find anywhere on the globe.


Somehow they have created a flexible, business-like, pragmatic environment with support from government incentives, venture capitalists as well as strategic investors.


Many of these Chinese start-ups have:

  • Unique technology
  • A principal with experience overseas but who has returned to China
  • Unique ideas for their business
  • Focus on domestic China market
  • Many even designing their own equipment to realize their unique products.

You might sense overbuilding around the city especially when you see some office towers mostly empty. Conversely, we note that buildings housing venture incubators, companies ramping-up and research facilities, are jammed full and are being expanded.


As I said, it always surprises us.


You can download a free report on Suzhou's Nanotech capabilities here.

NanoGlobe has built extensive corporate and government relationships in China, that we offer you to facilitate your business.

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