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I.C.A. acquires 21,42% Interest In Micro Venture that has a stake
in 8 companies in the field of micro- and nanotechnology. Up to 3
Investments from MicroVenture's portfolio plan an IPO in 2001.
Capital Increase from authorized capital 11/1999 will be delayed
U.C.A. Aktiengesellschaft has acquired a 21,42% interest in
MicroVenture GmbH & Co. KGaA Betelllgungsgesellschaft, Köln.
MicroVenture's investment strategy focuses on the micro- and
nanotechnology. So far, MicroVenture has stakes in eight
well-positioned companies, up to 3 plan an IPO in 2001. Because of
the high level of technical expertise and engagement MicroVenture is
not only an ideal partner for companies in the field of micro- and
nanotechnology, but also extends the network of U.C.A. consequently.
The strategic investments (BioMed Venture, MicroVenture etc.) give
U.C.A. the opportunity to invest in future technologies based on the
excellent expertise of the management and allows to give profound
knowledge and advice to its in- vestments.
U.C.A. has taken part in a capital increase of MicroVenture. This
additional capital will completely be used to extend MicroVenture's
The portfolio in detail:
NanoFocus Messtechnik GmbH is the first company with the ability
to measure structures with a size of less than twenty nanometer using
optical techniques (dissolution is evidently under the used length of
light waves). The developed technology allows for the first time the
exact 3D-characteri- zation of complex surfaces in the field of
micro- and nanotechnology. U.C.A. holds a 26% interest since November
PV Silicon GmbH has invented a new technology to produce slices of
silicon, which can be used for solar cells, by treating off-spec
silicon materials in a physical and chemical way.
Bartels Mikrotechnik GmbH produces high-precision microstructures
in different materials like synthetic materials, metal or ceramic
using an unique excimer- laser-technology. Additionally, Bartels
Mikrotechnik developed micro grippers to handle smallest objects and
The unique and patented technology for the production of optical
fibres enables FiberCore Inc., MA, to produce single mode- and multi
mode-fibres with a cost reduction of 50% in comparison to its
competitors. FiberCore Inc. is listed at the Nasdaq since November
BAE Berliner Batteriefabrik develops, produces and distributes
batteries for a wide range of applications such as telecommunication
equipment, traffic control, railway, industry and leisure-time use.
MODAC GmbH invented a new technique to form gel-filled batteries
for specific applications. These special formed batteries show better
characteristics and the production of these is by far less cost
Fries Research & Technology GmbH develops, produces and
distributes devices for the metrological analysis of surfaces. The
devices can be used for a wide range of applications in the micro
Surface Imaging Systems (S.I.S.) GmbH developed a scanning probe
microscopy combined with optical microscopes. In a first step the
sample is characterized by a traditional optical lens. In a second
step, if further characterization is required, the S.I.S.-system is
able to enlarge the given results of the optical lens by a factor of
500.000 and evaluates the data automatically.
The capital increase from authorized capital 11/1999 could not be
placed, because of the weak stock market conditions since spring
2000. Because of the actual undervaluation of U.C.A.-shares the issue
of new shares does not seem to be sensible. The managing board is
optimistic to place the capital increase in 2001 in better market
conditions. Even without the inflow of the capital increase the
investment power of U.C.A. is given.
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