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U.C.A. Acquires Pre-IPO Interest in NanoFocus Messtechnik GmbH, Duisburg
Ongoing Diversification of U.C.A.'s Investment Portfolio in Favor of New Basic Technologies

Munich (ots) - U.C.A. Aktiengesellschaft has acquired a 26% interest in NanoFocus Messtechnik GmbH, thereby continuing in its policy of consistently banking on the New Technologies. Following the scheduled merger with OM Engineering GmbH, Duisburg, its interest in the merged company will amount to 15%. Founded in 1994 by a consortium of engineers, NanoFocus has specialized in three-dimensional optical measurement of complex technological surfaces. With its patented technologies, NanoFocus has struck a path into the nano universe. It is capable of measuring entities less than 20 nanometers in size with a so-called 'phase microscope' and representing them with the aid of its specially developed company-own software. The demand for this innovation comes mainly from the semiconductor, communications, automotive and pharmaceutical industries. Its clients include Motorola, Infineon, Procter & Gamble, BMW and Jenoptik. According to a VDE estimate, microsystem technology is on the march worldwide, and German and European companies are moving to the forefront of this growth segment. After Axcent, Coolspot, Media Artist and BiomedVenture (Adnagen, Biovision, Excorp, Micronet), U.C.A.'s investment in the microsystem technology sector marks another shift of emphasis in its investment portfolio towards basic technologies in future-oriented growth industries. Most of U.C.A.'s e-commerce investments are already quoted on the stock exchange and now represent some 25% of its total portfolio. The ongoing diversification of U.C.A.'s portfolio structure is part of its business design. For U.C.A., Investors in New Economy means early equity financing of start-up companies in future growth segments of the economy. ots Originaltext: U.C.A. Aktiengesellschaft Internet: http://recherche.newsaktuell.de Contact: Investor Relations Phone: + 49 (0) 89 - 99 31 94-0 E-mail: investor.relations@uca.de U.C.A. Aktiengesellschaft, Munich, Germany Original-Content von: U.C.A. AG, übermittelt durch news aktuell

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