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Posted: Oct 27, 2010

Nanostart-held ItN Nanovation Achieves Key Milestone in International Expansion

(Nanowerk News) ItN Nanovation AG, a portfolio company of Nanostart AG, has announced a key milestone in the international expansion of its ceramic flat filter membrane technology, called CFM SystemsŪ, for water treatment applications. The company has now agreed the terms and conditions for establishing a joint venture in Saudi Arabia with a Saudi Arabian investor from Jeddah and a consortium of German industrial investors. ItN Nanovation will initially hold a 17.5 percent share in the joint venture, which will later be increased to 40 percent. This rise has already been stipulated in the term sheet and must be implemented by 2014.
The parties are likely to sign binding agreements regarding the joint venture by the end of November.
According to the signed term sheet, ItN Nanovation will receive around USD 2.35 million (approximately EUR 1.75 million) up front for providing a limited amount of locally delimited usage rights for the patented CFM nanotechnology systems. ItN Nanovation will use around two thirds of this sum for acquiring its share in the joint venture. The company is likely to recognise this amount as other operating income for the current financial year. Apart from this one-off payment, ItN Nanovation will also receive additional royalties that will be recognised in income. Due to the company's share in the joint venture, it will also participate in the profits and losses as well as value creation of the joint venture on a pro-rata basis.
The joint venture will operate under the name of Saudi Water Nanovation and produce and sell CFM Systems and accessories for flat filter membrane solutions at its own premises in Saudi Arabia. Plans are for the joint venture to construct a plant that will have three times the capacity available to ItN Nanovation AG at present once it reaches the last construction phase (probably in 2013). The joint venture may be able to start up production as early as 2011.
ItN Nanovation's ceramic flat filter membranes are a brand new solution for filtering systems in the water recycling, drinking water supply and surface water processing sectors. The need for such solutions is particularly high in Saudi Arabia and neighbouring Arabian countries.
Apart from the positive effect on group income, the joint venture has model character for ItN Nanovation in terms of developing the company's international business in conjunction with local partners, and other joint ventures are already in the pipeline.
The ItN Nanovation management board will be holding a telephone conference (in german language) for investors, analysts and media representatives on Thursday, 28 October 2010 at 10:00 a.m. CET. They will explain this cooperation in detail and provide information on the company's outlook for the coming quarters. If you wish to participate in the telephone conference, please contact Diane Selge, edicto GmbH on +49 69 905505-53 or at for the log-in data.
About Nanostart
Nanostart AG, headquartered in the German financial capital of Frankfurt, is the world's leading nanotechnology investment company, with portfolio companies spanning the globe from Silicon Valley to Singapore. The company provides venture capital financing for nanotechnology companies in various growth phases with a focus on innovation-driven industries of the future such as cleantech, life sciences and IT/electronics. Through its subsidiary and venture capital fund in Singapore, Nanostart is proud to be the investment partner of the Singaporean government. For further information about the company, please visit
About ItN Nanovation
ItN Nanovation AG, founded in 2000, is one of the leading nanotechnology companies in the world, developing innovative ceramic products, such as filtration systems and coatings, for large industrial customers. The nanoscale powder needed for those products is manufactured by the company itself. The filtration products from ItN Nanovation can be used for drinking water purification, waste water treatment, as beverage filters and for the separation of oil and water. Ceramic coatings based on nanotechnology are used in a variety of ways as protective and catalytic coatings in various industries: from baking ovens to aluminum foundries to coal-fired power plants. The company's success is founded on an extensive product portfolio, combined with comprehensive development and application know-how. For further information about the company, please visit
Source: Nanostart (press release)
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