Nanoco Group PLC

Appointment of Chief Operating Officer

Published on 1/10/2014

Nanoco Group plc (AIM: NANO), a world leader in the development and manufacture of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nanomaterials, announces the appointment of Keith Wiggins in the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. Keith joins the Company, and Nanoco’s Board, with immediate effect.

Keith is a highly experienced chemicals industry executive. He began his career with ICI, working in R&D and manufacturing, before joining The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) in 1989 as a sales manager in its London office. He went on to lead progressively bigger and more complex speciality chemical businesses around the world. He lived in Switzerland and the USA before returning to the UK in 2006 as Managing Director Dow UK, Ireland & Nordic. He held this position until 2013 and, from 2006 to 2011, he was concurrently CEO-Global Business Director of Haltermann, a speciality chemicals subsidiary of Dow.

Keith, who graduated in chemistry at Imperial College, London, is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has held a number of industry offices including President of the Chemical Industries Association between 2011 and 2013.

Keith will be based at Nanoco’s headquarters in Manchester and will be responsible for the operational management of the Company including key customer relationships and a focus on building Nanoco’s other strategic businesses in LED lighting, solar and bio-imaging.

Michael Edelman, Nanoco’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Keith Wiggins to Nanoco, and to Nanoco’s Board, as Chief Operating Officer. Keith is a highly experienced industry executive with an excellent track record gained at Dow. His appointment reflects the significant progress being made at Nanoco and the Board’s commitment to managing the Company’s growth successfully.”

The following information is disclosed pursuant to Schedule Two paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies. Keith Alan Wiggins, age 50 years, has been a director of the following companies during the five years preceding the date of this announcement:

Current directorships
Wyfold Limited
Rohm and Haas Europe Trading APS

Past directorships
Chemoxy International Limited
Dow Agrosciences Limited
Dow Chemical Company Limited
Dow Limited
Dow Trent Limited
Dow UK Limited
Dow UK Pension Trustees Limited
Haltermann Pension Trustees Limited
Chemical Industries Association Limited
Hyperlast Limited
Xitrack Limited
Styron UK Limited
Dow Services Trustees UK Limited
Rohm and Haas (Scotland) Limited
Rohm and Haas (UK) Holdings Limited
Rohm and Haas (UK) Limited
Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials Europe  Ltd
Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials Holdings (UK) Ltd
Rohm and Haas UK Investment Limited
Ascot Group Pension Trustee Limited
Dow (Wilton) Limited
Dowchemco Pension Trust Limited
Autothane Limited
Hypertec Print Services Ltd
ALH Rail Coatings Limited
Edulan U.K. Limited

There is no further information to be disclosed pursuant to Rule 17 or Schedule Two paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies.

For further information please contact:

Michael Edelman, Chief Executive Officer
Colin White, Chief Financial Officer
+ 44 (0) 161 603 7900

Canaccord Genuity – Nomad and Joint Broker
Simon Bridges
Cameron Duncan
+44 (0) 20 7523 8000

Liberum Capital – Joint Broker
Simon Atkinson
Richard Bootle
+44 (0) 20 3100 2000

Mark Court / Fiona Henson / Sophie Cowles
+ 44 (0) 20 7466 5000

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About Nanoco Group plc

Nanoco is a world leader in the development and production of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nano-materials for use in multiple applications including LCD displays, lighting, solar cells and bio-imaging. In the display market, it has an exclusive manufacturing and marketing licensing agreement with The Dow Chemical Company.

Nanoco was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Manchester, UK. It has production facilities in Runcorn, UK, and a US subsidiary, Nanoco Inc, based in Concord, MA. Nanoco also has business development offices in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Its technology is protected worldwide by a large and growing patent estate.

Nanoco began trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in May 2009 under the ticker symbol NANO. For further information please visit: