Ascendant Corporate Finance (“Ascendant”), the technology-focused corporate finance boutique, is pleased to announce that its client Cambridge Touch Technologies Limited (“CTT”, the “Company”) – a leading provider of piezoelectric “UltraTouch” multi-force-and-touch technology to the consumer electronics, automotive, industrial and military markets, today announced it has closed an oversubscribed $10 million Series B funding round, bringing the total amount raised to nearly $20 million. The round was led by Kureha Corporation of Japan, a leading global supplier of specialty chemicals and plastics including piezoelectric polymer film, together with participation from existing investors Parkwalk, Downing Ventures, CM Ventures and Amadeus Capital Partners, and new investment from top Chinese venture capital firm Puhua Capital and Japanese automotive touch panel firm, Futaba Corporation. Ascendant provided advice to CTT on the fund raising.
CTT has developed a next-generation, multi-force-and-touch solution that combines sophisticated algorithms together with advanced materials – called UltraTouch. It is the world’s simplest all-in-one sensor architecture and is used in any touch-capable smart device, regardless of the device’s size or type. It solves nagging, lingering problems that users experience with touch screens (e.g. being able to use a touch screen properly whilst out in the rain) as well as bringing entirely new functionality and experiences to consumers (e.g. creating realistic virtual buttons for the modern car’s interior smart surfaces; or using the touch screen of a water-resistant smartphone underwater to capture that unforgettable photo in the pool). UltraTouch can also be used for the ultra-chic ‘buttonless’ style phones and wearables that are increasingly popular, and for the new foldable phones now coming to the market. It can even turn the display ON and OFF automatically when the foldable phone is opened or closed – without the need for additional external components that add bulk and cost – saving power and extending battery life.
This Series B investment allows the Company to continue its planned commercial rollout of UltraTouch technology together with its strategic launch partners. Over the past year, the Company has successfully developed and demonstrated compelling engineering samples with its customers in a variety of markets, and brought a leading supply chain together for mass manufacturing capability. Now with our lead investor, Kureha Corporation, our supply chain is further strengthened and extends the supply options for the Company’s high-volume customers.
To meet increasing global demand in the market, the funding will drive the planned expansion of the Company’s teams in its Cambridge, UK, headquarters, as well as its network of Asia sales and support offices in China and Taiwan (and expected soon in Japan) which were opened within the last year.
Corbin Church, CEO and co-founder of Cambridge Touch Technologies said: “We’re delighted to welcome our new corporate and VC investors from Japan and China, as well as having the continued strong support of our existing investors, who together form a world-class group that will help scale CTT quickly to exploit the market opportunity for its technology. CTT has grown rapidly over the last several years, and we’re looking forward to being able to continue executing on our growth plan and sharpening our commercialization focus within the consumer electronics, automotive and industrial markets. The partners we have and the injection of new capital means we can expect to enable our customers to begin rolling out the technology at scale in the near future.”
Yutaka Kobayashi, President and CEO of Kureha Corporation said: “As the leading global supplier of Piezoelectric film, Kureha Corporation has worked closely with CTT over recent years, bringing our substantial resources and R&D capabilities to our joint collaboration and developing the most advanced piezoelectric film for the touch panel market now and into the future. It was only natural, therefore, for us to lead the Series B round with a direct investment and become shareholders in the Company. The alignment between the two companies is strong. We look forward to playing an important role in CTT’s continued success and bright future.”
Stuart McKnight, Managing Director of Ascendant, said “We are delighted to have managed another funding round for CTT. The investment by Kureha and Futaba strengthens the strategic relationships that the Company has developed with these key industry players and the addition of Hangzhou–based Puhua highlights CTT growing links in China and Asia. The combination of this with significant support from existing investors positions the Company well to grow rapidly in the next few years.”
Ascendant Corporate Finance specialises in advisory services for growing technology businesses. With a wealth of experienced staff, Ascendant provides a wide range of services including advice on fund raising (equity and debt), disposals, acquisitions, exit planning and MBOs. For further details, see www.ascendant.co.uk or contact:
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ABOUT CAMBRIDGE TOUCH TECHNOLOGIES
Cambridge Touch Technologies is a high tech company at the leading edge of touch technology. It was spun out from the University of Cambridge, the world-renown engineering and research centre.
Combining advanced materials together with sophisticated software, CTT’s piezoelectric UltraTouch solution is unique in the market, and brings new value and compelling user experiences to smart devices in all verticals. The Company has a growing IP Portfolio covering every aspect of its technology, from system architectures, to AI and advanced algorithms, to low power operation. CTT supports its OEM and supply chain customers with IP, know-how, analog and digital technologies, and advanced system architectures.
For more information go to www.camtouch3d.com.