About us

From research to revolutionary solutions

From research to next generation products

We supply Carbon NanoBud® films, touch sensors and heating elements to touch module vendors and OEM’s in several industries, including automotive and consumer electronics. Canatu’s sales network covers Europe, Japan, Korea, China and the USA.

The roots of Canatu origin to high technology research and today Canatu have over one hundred patents and pending patents. The company’s R&D department continuously studies further materials and processes, in order to meet the demanding needs of industries for the next generation products.

Canatu is a cross-cultural and multi-national workplace. Our team consists of highly talented people who are genuinely interested in developing future technologies and enabling any surface to be a smart human interface.


The company origins from the Aalto University’s Nanomaterials Group where the new type of process and material were invented in late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Actually, the company name Canatu comes from the material that was first studied, carbon nanotube.

Founding partners include four leading senior scientists from materials, characterization and aerosol technologies; Esko Kauppinen, David Brown, Albert Nasibulin and Hua Jiang.

To hear more, how the NanoBuds were found, watch a Canatu story of the Discovery of Nanobuds 


Watch also Aalto University’s video.

The company Canatu was founded in 2004 but until the 2010’s, the main focus of the daily work was to study the materials and manufacturing processes. Based on this work, Canatu has over 100 patents and pending patents.

Canatu recruited its first employee in 2008 and moved to the current manufacturing facilities in 2011. Sales of the commercial applications and mass production started in 2015.

However,  the R&D department continuously studies further materials and processes to meet the demanding needs of industries for the next generation products. Read more about Canatu Technology.

Benefits with Canatu

Design freedom

You can design whatever touch format in 3D, meaning seamless design and robust structures to any surface. Our project team is at your service.

Intuitive user experience

Your customers can enjoy the next generation touch & feel with the innovative, safe and intuitive user experience enabled by the formability, bendability, stretchability. You can offer interactive and revolutionary shapes to your customers.

High performing materials

High quality materials and technology also enable existing products perform better, meaning high outdoor readability or enhanced battery life by low energy consumption due to less need for backlighting.

Overall savings in automotive

The replacement of physical control buttons with in-molded touch surfaces means increased space in cars due to less parts, making it possible to create living room style interiors that is preferred in the autonomous driving. The reduced weight of parts benefits the energy conscious electric cars. These and the decreased assembly times in manufacturing result in total cost savings for automotive industry.  Watch a video of the savings


The sustainability is important to us. Compared to other processes, the Canatu’s manufacturing processes are efficient in materials usage as the organic carbon is completely recyclable.

The thin form combined with great conductivity offer not only seamless design but also lighter structures, less material consumption, and greater space utilization compared to traditional technologies.

ISO 9001 certified

We are committed to consistency, continual improvement and customer satisfaction. For that we hold ISO 9001 certification since 2014. Since August 2017 we are certified according to the new standard 9001:2015.

Our partners

Canatu wants to guarantee a smooth transition of customers’ product from idea to development and finally to manufacturing. Efficient integration of CNB™ Film requires careful coordination between touch sensor and module vendors, display makers, and touch controller companies. See some of our public partners