Jenoptik begins 10 million euro production expansion

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Building expansion work worth 10 million euros is soon to be underway at Jenoptik's Berlin-Adlershof site to double its semiconductor manufacturing capacity.

Using the latest manufacturing technology with a high level of automation Gallium-arsenide wafers (GaAs) will be structured and processed to create high-power laser bars at the expanded facility. The expanded building, to be completed in 2013, will see its floor area increase from 2,000 square metres to 3,400 square metres. Within this 3,400m2 the production area, including clean rooms, will expand to 930 square metres.

The clean room facilities will be Class 100 and Class 1,000 depending on the process equipments’ needs. The complete process line from epitaxy, wafer processing and facet coating through to the manufacture of GaAs components will be installed in the clean rooms.

Jenoptik chairman Dr Michael Mertin said: ‘Germany is, and remains, a location for high-tech manufacturing even though we in the Jenoptik group are currently pushing forward the process of internationalisation in Asia and North America.’

The financing of the building will be provided by the Hoesch Dortmund pension fund, while the clean rooms and production equipment will be paid for by Jenoptik.