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Partnership Signals a New Era in LED Lighting That Meshes Bright, High-Efficiency and Long-Lasting Lighting with High Colour Performance to Deliver "Light People Like"

Marl International, a pioneer of the LED lighting industry and Nanoco Group plc, a world leader in the development and manufacture of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nanomaterials, today announced that they have entered into a partnership to bring novel new LED lighting products to market. The new products will feature Nanoco's cadmium-free quantum dot technology. Collaboration between these two highly innovative companies started in 2011, when they were working to develop a revolutionary LED light bulb. Both companies are based in the North West of England from where they supply customers globally.

Quantum dots open up new potential for LED lighting – which currently lacks the same warmth and colour performance of an incandescent bulb – and have the capacity to appeal to a new set of buyers who want the efficiency and economy of the LED, as well as the "effect" of natural light. To date, the use of quantum dots in lighting was hindered by the fact that the technology contained cadmium, a highly-regulated and toxic heavy metal. Nanoco's quantum dot technology, made without cadmium or any heavy metal, offers a sustainable solution.

"Innovation is at the core of our partnership. With Nanoco, we're now able to bring products to market that meet a new set of technical and commercial demands," said Adrian Rawlinson, Marl's Managing Director. "Moreover, we're able to do so in a way that doesn't compromise our standards for safety."

"We couldn't be more excited to collaborate with a company that's been transforming the LED industry for more than 40 years," said Michael Edelman, CEO, Nanoco. "We commend Marl for their commitment to innovation and to sustainability. Our cadmium-free quantum dots offer a simple, effective and non-toxic solution to tuning the colour and improving the quality of LED lighting."

The Nanoco and Marl technical design teams have focused initially on LED linear strips and ceiling mount flat panels – high-demand lighting solutions in professional environments that require specific correlated colour temperature and specific colour rendering index (CRI). Both lighting designs are currently available for customer demonstrations.


Nanoco (AIM: NANO) is a world leader in the development and production of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nano-materials for use in multiple applications including lighting, LCD displays, solar cells and bio-imaging. In the display market, it has an exclusive manufacturing and marketing licensing agreement with The Dow Chemical Company.

Nanoco was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Manchester, UK. It has production facilities in Runcorn, UK, and a US subsidiary, Nanoco Inc, based in Concord, MA. Nanoco also has business development offices in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Its technology is protected worldwide by a large and growing patent estate. For further information please visit:

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