SCHATTDORF, Switzerland—Datwyler Holding Inc. has strengthened its innovative polymer capabilities with the acquisition of Swiss startup CT Systems S.R.L.
A spin-off of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), the Zurich-based high-tech startup specializes in dielectric elastomer.
The acquisition follows four years of collaboration between the two sides to develop electroactive polymers, Datwyler said, noting the purchase will secure patents for the technology.
The parties agreed not to disclose the terms of the agreement.
With a "unique stacked design," electroactive polymers enable new applications in a number of areas, including future automotive and in general industry, Datwyler said. In particular, the Swiss group expects to use the technology to produce stack actuators on an industrial scale for the first time. The product can replace conventional actuator technologies to offer low energy consumption, fewer mechanical parts, low weight and volume as well as a "robust and durable" design.