Oerlikon Systems (SIX:OERL), a leading supplier of PVD sputter systems, has received a multiple tool purchase order from the world’s largest semiconductor foundry for its CLUSTERLINE 300II systems. These contracts augment recent orders received from key semiconductor manufacturers in South Korea and Taiwan for the same CLUSTERLINE 300mm systems aimed at the packaging market.
“The ever increasing interest in our CLUSTERLINE products has been expected but the large multiple orders have exceeded our expectations” explains Andreas Dill, Head of Oerlikon Systems. “Based on our innovative cleaning solutions and thanks to our ongoing ‘Continuous Improvement Programs,’ we succeeded in further reducing the Cost of Ownership of the CLUSTERLINE platforms.”
The growing success of the CLUSTERLINE 300II, a cluster tool specifically designed for advanced packaging and backside metallization (for wafer sizes up to 300mm), is due to key competitive advantages. The quick qualification processes and better ‘cost of ownership’ parameters back-up the ‘best in class’ technology claims made by Oerlikon support teams.
“Our efforts focus on optimizing innovative solutions for under bump metallization (UBM), redistribution layers, backside metallization and ultra thin wafer processing,” adds Andreas Dill. “Our optimization of this 3rd generation cluster tool has resulted in a reliable and highly flexible platform with outstanding cost efficiency – and with remarkably high wafer yields and easy operation.”
Partnership with DKSH Taiwan as additional success factor
Another important factor in the success of the CLUSTERLINE concerns the local support teams. Since May 2009, DKSH Taiwan has managed all marketing, sales and service activities for Oerlikon Systems in the vital Taiwan market. The DKSH Taiwan team works closely together with the Oerlikon product managers and development teams in order to provide complete production solutions to existing and potential Oerlikon clients in Taiwan.
“The local sales team of DKSH Taiwan, plus our superior technical support, service and marketing capabilities, have helped us to secure this significant order for Oerlikon Systems,” explains Dr. Adrian Eberle, President of DKSH Taiwan. “Significant for the most recent orders was the selection process. The CLUSTERLINE went head to head with incumbent competitive tools in the areas of build quality, utilization of consumables, and overall cost of ownership. This, combined with the award-winning after sales service from DKSH Taiwan, made the difference!”
Superior production technology and Oerlikon’s localized global network continue to show positive results in the all-important Asia market: “Our solutions approach has clearly positioned Oerlikon as the supplier for the coming market upswing,” summarizes Andreas Dill.
Oerlikon (SIX:OERL) is a leading high-tech industrial group specializing in machine and plant engineering. The Company is a provider of innovative industrial solutions and cutting-edge technologies for textile manufacturing, thin-film coating, drive, vacuum, solar energy systems and advanced nanotechnology. A Swiss company with a tradition going back 150 years, Oerlikon is a global player with around 16,000 employees at over 150 locations in 36 countries and sales of CHF 2.9 billion in 2009. The Company invests more than CHF 200 million annually in R&D, with over 1,200 specialists working on future products and services. The operative businesses rank either first or second in their respective global markets.
About Oerlikon Systems
Oerlikon Systems offers cost-efficient and flexible thin film deposition systems and processes to three key markets: Semiconductors – with applications for advanced packaging, hard disk read/write heads, LEDs, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
Optical data storage – with metallization of Blu-ray and DVD discs Advanced nanotechnology. The market launch of our SOLARIS system – offering low running costs and tremendous process flexibility – introduced a new system concept to enable the mass-production of nanotechnology applications. Targeting the “clean technology” markets with energy conversion, energy storage and increased energy efficiency applications, the initial system orders from the solar and thermo-electric industries confirm Oerlikon System’s strategic focus.
In 2009, VLSI Research presented Oerlikon Systems with a “Five Star Award” in recognition of extraordinary customer satisfaction. This award is given only to a select group of semiconductor system manufacturers and underlines our technology leadership and strict adherence to ISO standards for quality management and sustainable production processes.
Headquartered in Liechtenstein, Oerlikon Systems employs 200 around the world, with sales and service centers in the U.S.A., Europe, China, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore and Japan.
For further information, please see: www.oerlikon.com/systems
DKSH is the leading Market Expansion Services Group with a focus on Asia. As the term "Market Expansion Services" suggests, DKSH helps other companies and brands to grow their business in new or existing markets.
With 560 business locations in 35 countries – 20 of them in Europe and the Americas – and 22,000 specialized staff it is one of the top 20 Swiss companies ranked by sales and employees. In 2009, DKSH generated annual gross revenues of CHF 8,600 million.
The company offers any combination of sourcing, marketing, sales, distribution, and after-sales services. It provides business partners with expertise as well as on-the-ground logistics based on a comprehensive network of unique size and depth. Business activities are organized into four specialized Business Units that mirror DKSH fields of expertise: Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Performance Materials, and Technology. Although DKSH is a Swiss company with headquarters in Zurich, it is deeply rooted in communities all across Asia Pacific. This is because the company looks back on a more than 140-year-long tradition of doing business in and with the region.
For further information, please see: www.dksh.com