Peratech acquires Eleksen

Peratech_logo.gif Peratech Limited acquired the business of Eleksen from Deloittes, the appointed administrator of Eleksen plc and Eleksen Limited.

Eleksen went into administration in Oct. 2007 after being unsuccessful in raising additional funding needed to realize their ambitious plans for 2008.

Eleksen gave a big boost to Wearable Electronic and Interactive Clothing by working with major brands as O’Neill, ZegnaSport, Marks & Spencer’s, Kenpo, Jansport and many others over the past two years. A large range of products has been introduced as you can see on the many products we posted about on talk2myShirt.

Philip Taysom, joint CEO of Peratech commented “The sad demise of Eleksen plc took everyone by surprise – and we have worked very hard to ensure there is a smooth transition for customers who had planned products based around Eleksen’s ElekTex apparel control products for the 2008 seasons – manufacturing is being brought back online and we look forward to fulfilling customer requirements in the immediate future.”

Peratech invented and developed QTC (Quantum Tunneling Composites), a technology for electro-active polymeric materials which enable the action of ‘touch’ to be translated into an electrical reaction. QTC materials allow to incorporate very thin and highly robust ‘sensing’ of touch.

The QTC technology has been commercialized by Peratech in 2006 and is working currently with a number of clients which implement QTC sensing technology within their own products.

Peratech acquired in 2006 another pioneer of smart fabrics, SOFTswitch™ and their technology and integrated it within its own QTC operation.

This is very good news for the Wearable Electronic community and the brands that worked on the 2008 interactive apparel range but also good news for the consumer who can find and select from the next generation of Interactive Clothing.

2008 becomes a very interesting year having already two promising announcements so far, one is the new CONNECTED-wear™ system from Fibretronic and now the revival of ElekTex sensors from Peratech.

[via: BusinessWire.com]

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