Laird Technologies and Nextreme Thermal Solutions Announce World-Wide Strategic Distribution and Design Partnership

Laird Technologies, Inc., a global leader in the design and supply of customized performance-critical components and systems for advanced electronics and wireless products, and Nextreme Thermal Solutions, the leader in micro-scale thermal management and power generation solutions, today announce the formation of a world-wide strategic distribution and design partnership. With this alliance, Laird Technologies will be the exclusive global reseller for Nextreme thermal management and power generation products.

As a value-added reseller of Nextreme products, Laird Technologies will leverage its design centers in support of new applications using Nextreme's thin-film thermoelectric products. Laird Technologies and Nextreme will work together to build strategic relationships with companies that will support long-term business opportunities and growth.

Laird Technologies designs and manufactures some of the world’s highest-rated, thermally conductive materials, including a broad range of thermoelectric modules and thermal assemblies for telecommunications, instrumentation and other applications.

Nextreme uses innovative, thin-film thermoelectric technology to address the demand for superior and more efficient thermal management solutions created by the functional convergence and miniaturization of products. The technology can also harvest thermal energy as a clean, efficient and renewable source of electricity.

Nextreme’s embedded thermoelectric cooling technology (eTEC) enables micro-scale thermal management products for precision temperature control. By cooling as close to the heat source as possible and with the smallest devices on the market, Nextreme provides a new approach to solving thermal challenges in photonics, healthcare, and a variety of electronic applications.

Thin-film cooling products from Nextreme complement Laird Technology’s product portfolio and allow Laird Technologies to expand into the sub-10 Watt cooling spectrum.  Nextreme's differentiation in the market place is created from its ability to create extremely small form factors with footprints smaller than 10 mm2.  Comparable bulk technology has miniature limitations of 25 mm2. In addition, due to the low profile of the Nextreme thermoelectric elements, the heat flux density increases by a factor of 5 to 10 times over bulk technology.  These are contributing factors that will help open new markets and applications for the companies.

The miniature, embedded thermoelectric generators (eTEG), created by Nextreme, convert waste heat directly into electricity for clean energy applications. Using advanced thin-film technology, Nextreme delivers the world’s smallest thermoelectric generator with the highest output power density. The eTEG is ideal for powering wireless sensors, trickle charging batteries and improving fuel efficiency in automobiles.

"Nextreme gives Laird Technologies the ability to address new cooling applications that were previously limited in terms of footprint, height, response time and heat flux density," said Michael Sutsko, President of Laird Performance Materials. "In addition, Nextreme has the technology, experience and market knowledge that gives us quick access to the fast-emerging energy harvesting market."

As an industry leader in high-performance and cost-effective Thermal Management Solutions, Laird Technologies provides the knowledge, innovation and resources to ensure exceptional thermal performance and customer satisfaction.

“Laird Technologies has mature, relevant strategic relationships with companies all over the world and is well-positioned in Nextreme's target markets,” said John Goehrke, CEO of Nextreme. “Laird Technologies' extensive sales and support network will allow Nextreme to access a world-wide customer base for its products and services."

Support for new applications will be managed through Laird Technologies' three world-wide design centers: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.; Gothenburg, Sweden; and Shenzhen, China. Nextreme will provide support from its design center based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, U.S.A.


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