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siOPTICA wins Constantia New Business as strategic Investor

  • 2015

Vienna/Jena – Jena-based siOP­TICA GmbH has signed a share­holder agree­ment with Con­stan­tia New Busi­ness GmbH, the cor­po­rate ven­ture cap­i­tal arm of Con­stan­tia Indus­tries AG, Vienna. With the newly-won cap­i­tal, siOP­TICA will extend its prod­uct port­fo­lio of switch­able pri­vacy fil­ters and will also intro­duce its prod­ucts to new mar­kets. Cur­rently, siOP­TICA prod­ucts are mainly used in ATMs and other pay­ment terminals.

siOP­TICA has spe­cial­ized in the devel­op­ment of switch­able pri­vacy fil­ters. The siOP­TICA pri­vacy solu­tion allows secure PIN entry on ATM dis­plays and pay­ment ter­mi­nals and simul­ta­ne­ously reduces skim­ming and fraud on these devices.

There is also an increas­ing demand for visual pri­vacy in other mar­kets. Numer­ous large com­pa­nies require their employ­ees to use a pri­vacy fil­ter on  their mobile devices when in pub­lic or on busi­ness trips. Most pri­vacy fil­ters avail­able today on the mar­ket are phys­i­cally applied on top of the dis­play and usu­ally have a neg­a­tive impact on bright­ness, lead­ing to increased power consumption.

Con­stan­tia New Busi­ness is now the main share­holder of the com­pany, with bm|t (beteili­gungs­man­age­ment thürin­gen gmbh) hav­ing a minor­ity share.

With the invest­ment from Con­stan­tia, seed investor High-Tech Grün­der­fonds II (HTGF II) will now be able to prof­itably sell its shares in siOPTICA.

With Con­stan­tia New Busi­ness, we have won a strate­gic investor that not only sup­ports us finan­cially but also offers syn­er­gies with pro­duc­tion facil­i­ties, world­wide mar­ket pen­e­tra­tion and oper­a­tional aspects,” stated Dr. Markus Klipp­stein, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor and Founder of siOPTICA.

Con­stan­tia New Busi­ness mainly tar­gets invest­ments in young inno­v­a­tive com­pa­nies that are in the mar­ket-entry stage. We were fas­ci­nated by siOPTICA’s tech­nol­ogy and see a huge mar­ket poten­tial,” says Arno Lang­wieser, Invest­ment Man­ager at Con­stan­tia New Busi­ness. “We are look­ing for­ward to sup­port­ing siOPTICA’s expe­ri­enced man­age­ment team on their way to fur­ther grow­ing the company.”

Dr. Guillem Sagué of HTGF explains, “We are really pleased that we could sup­port a ser­ial entre­pre­neur like Dr. Markus Klipp­stein once again on his way to suc­cess. With our exit, siOP­TICA gets the chance to take a new, renowned investor on board. Every­thing fit perfectly.”

 

About siOP­TICA:

siOP­TICA GmbH was founded in 2013 in Jena, Ger­many, with the goal of estab­lish­ing inno­v­a­tive and spe­cial solu­tions in the optics mar­ket. The com­pany offers pri­vacy fil­ter tech­nolo­gies that can screen data from unau­tho­rized views with­out suf­fer­ing from the loss of bright­ness that is preva­lent in most main­stream pri­vacy fil­ters. Fur­ther­more, siOP­TICA pri­vacy fil­ters offer mul­ti­ple, switch­able modes of oper­a­tion. siOPTICA’s solu­tions offer supe­rior advan­tages in the fields of ATM/ banking/ retail/ pay­ment ter­mi­nals, logistics/secure access, data secu­rity as well as con­sumer elec­tron­ics. siOP­TICA is a mem­ber of the global ATM Indus­try Asso­ci­a­tion (ATMIA) as well as the pho­ton­ics net­work Optonet e.V. and was recently awarded the Red Her­ring Top 100 Europe Award.

Con­tact: Dr. Markus Klipp­stein, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor siOP­TICA, Email:

More infor­ma­tion about siOP­TICA can be found under: http://www.sioptica.com

 

About CIAG / CNB

Con­stan­tia Indus­tries AG is a pri­vate com­pany based in Aus­tria which has been exist­ing for more than 40 years and which tar­gets inter­na­tional mar­kets. The com­pany cur­rently employs more than 3,000 peo­ple and has a turnover of more than 750 mil­lion €. Tar­get mar­kets of the group’s cor­po­ra­tions are the build­ing indus­try and its sup­pli­ers, the fur­ni­ture indus­try, sport­ing goods, engine and gen­er­a­tor build­ing, avi­a­tion as well as the solar and energy business.

Through its wholly owned sub­sidiary, Con­stan­tia New Busi­ness GmbH, the cor­po­rate group invests into young enter­prises that work in the field of tech­nol­ogy or address social challenges.

More infor­ma­tion is avail­able under: www.ciag.at

Con­tact: Arno Lang­wieser, Con­stan­tia New Busi­ness, Email: 

 

About bm|t

The Erfurt-based bm|t beteili­gungs­man­age­ment thürin­gen gmbh – a sub­sidiary of the Thüringer Auf­baubank – is the first address for invest­ment in Thuringia. bm|t cur­rently man­ages six invest­ment funds with a total vol­ume of 250 mil­lion €. bm|t invests in inno­v­a­tive com­pa­nies of all high-yield sec­tors and in all stages of a company’s life cycle, from start-up to IPO or MBO.

Con­tact: Cor­nelia Böse, Invest­ment Man­ager, Tel.: +49 361 74 47 606

 

About High-Tech Gründerfonds 

High-Tech Grün­der­fonds invests in young, high poten­tial high-tech start-ups. The seed financ­ing pro­vided is designed to enable start-ups to take an idea through pro­to­typ­ing and to mar­ket launch. Typ­i­cally, High-Tech Grün­der­fonds invests EUR 500,000 in the seed stage, with the poten­tial for up to a total of EUR 2 mil­lion per port­fo­lio com­pany in fol­low-on financ­ing. Investors in this public/private part­ner­ship include the Fed­eral Min­istry of Eco­nom­ics and Energy, the KfW Bank­ing Group, as well as strate­gic cor­po­rate investors includ­ing ALTANA, BASF, Bayer, B. Braun, Robert Bosch, CEWE, Daim­ler, Deutsche Post DHL, Deutsche Telekom, Evonik, Lanxess, media + more ven­ture Beteili­gungs GmbH & Co. KG, METRO, Qia­gen, RWE Innogy, SAP, Ten­gel­mann and Carl Zeiss. High-Tech Grün­der­fonds has about EUR 576 mil­lion under man­age­ment in two funds (EUR 272 mil­lion HTGF I, EUR 304 mil­lion HTGF II).

Con­tact: Dr. Guillem Sagué, Senior Invest­ment Man­ager, Email:

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