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ilumink bought by technology specialist Tracerco

last modified Mar 06, 2015 01:37 PM
ilumink, which commercialises technology for brand authentication and anti-counterfeiting, has been acquired by industrial technology specialist Tracerco.


ilumink is based at ideaSpace West and is a spin-out company from the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Its approach is underpinned by novel, printed photonic materials created at the university.

Key applications include authentication, anti-counterfeiting and security products with potential markets ranging from high-value consumer goods through to pharmaceuticals. The technology is unique in offering brand owners overt, covert and forensic authentication in one easily applied print feature.

Damian Gardiner, founder of ilumink, said: “My colleagues and I are very much looking forward to becoming part of the Tracerco team. By combining our technical expertise and creativity, we can further develop our world-leading anti-counterfeiting and brand authentication technologies for our customers’ benefit.”

Tracerco is part of the Johnson Matthey Group. The acquisition will further enhance its product assurance portfolio, which is based on innovative and covert marker chemistry coupled with sophisticated analytical platforms.

Dr Vince Croud, Tracerco’s technology director, said: “The acquisition of ilumink will allow us to expand our portfolio of technology offerings to ensure we keep pace with the changing needs of customers. It is an excellent fit with the Tracerco business.”

For more information on the acquisition see the press release here.

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