OSLO, Norway, October 1, 2018 - Thin Film Electronics ASA ("Thinfilm") (OSE: THIN; OTCQX: TFECY), a global leader in NFC (near field communication) mobile marketing solutions, today announced that customer Slikhaar, the innovative men's hair care leader and digital disruptor, will launch interactive personal care products in the fourth quarter of 2018. Slikhaar will use Thinfilm's NFC mobile marketing solution to connect directly with consumers via smartphone, promote its SlikhaarTV channel on YouTube, and deepen relationships with its growing number of brand enthusiasts.
Slikhaar is integrating NFC tags in select major hair and skin care products under its popular By Vilain brand. Each uniquely identifiable NFC tag integrates seamlessly with Thinfilm's CNECT(TM) Cloud Platform to enable the delivery of custom digital content and experiences to Slikhaar's predominantly mobile-first consumer base. Shoppers and existing customers will be able to touch their smartphone to the connected products - either in-store, at home, or on the go - to instantly join the Slikhaar Community, view hairstyling videos, watch product tutorials, learn about the latest fashion trends, share content via social, and make online purchases.
Products featuring NFC tags will be sold online at slikhaarshop.com and byvilain.com as well as in select retail establishments. The company has distribution agreements in place with popular retail chains in Denmark and Germany that cover more than 100 stores, with broader expansion throughout Europe and beyond to follow.
Slikhaar is believed to be the first men's hair care brand to leverage consumer-focused NFC smart packaging as a means of enhancing the shopper and customer experience.
"Slikhaar's success has been driven by a powerful sense of community - a community rooted in the digital world through our Slikhaar Shop website and social media channels, including SlikhaarTV," said Rasmus Vilain Albrechtsen, partner and creative director for Slikhaar. "With Thinfilm's NFC solution, we plan to grow this community by giving consumers an entirely new way to connect with us through our physical products. The solution also enhances our ability to recognize members for supporting the brand and creating strong relationships within our growing community."
Headquartered in Denmark, Slikhaar was founded in 2009 by identical twins Emil and Rasmus V. Albrechtsen. Key assets under the Slikhaar umbrella include the company's ecommerce website, its SlikhaarTV channel on YouTube, and a successful hair salon in Aarhus. Slikhaar regularly engages with more than six million followers across major social platforms. SlikhaarTV currently has nearly 2 million subscribers on YouTube, making it the world's largest YouTube channel in its field.
"By using NFC to digitally activate its By Vilain product line, Slikhaar will create a mobile gateway that enables more consumers to connect and engage with them online," said Davor Sutija, CEO of Thinfilm. "We're excited to work with their team in extending the Slikhaar community and moving the business forward."
About Thin Film Electronics ASA
Thinfilm is enabling the Internet of Everything through our NFC (near field communications) solutions. We provide consumer-focused NFC mobile marketing as well as industrial and supply chain solutions, including blockchain applications. Thinfilm provides end-to-end support throughout the entire process. This starts with the manufacturing of NFC tags through our ground-breaking, roll-to-roll printed electronics production process, integration support to get those tags on physical objects, and our CNECT(TM) cloud-based software platform which captures data and provides actionable insights into consumer behavior and business logistics.
Thin Film Electronics ASA is a publicly listed company in Norway with global headquarters in Oslo, Norway; US headquarters in San Jose, California; and offices in Linköping, Sweden; San Francisco; London; Singapore; and Shanghai. For more information, visit www.thinfilmNFC.com.
Founded in 2009, slikhaarshop.com is the ultimate online Mecca for men with a passion for hair. We take pride in having a uniquely handpicked selection of professional hair care products and in being home of the bestseller product line By Vilain.
With a lifelong passion for hair and a vision to revolutionise the global hair culture, identical twins Emil and Rasmus V. Albrechtsen created the Slikhaar Concept. It includes the worlds largest YouTube channel within its field, Slikhaar TV. Safe to say, Slikhaar is more than just a web shop, a salon and a YouTube channel - it's a community. Visit www.slikhaarshop.com.
This information is subject of the disclosure requirements acc. to §5-12 vphl (Norwegian Securities Trading Act).
For more information on Thinfilm, please contact:
The Hoffman Agency on behalf of Thinfilm
+1 408 975 3091
For more information on Slikhaar, please contact:
Rasmus Vilain Albrechtsen
Partner & Creative Director
+45 53 54 62 64