SAFC Plan TMG Plant Expansion
Reducing energy consumption and extending energy efficiency are trends driving the global electronics industry to provide more energy-efficient products and systems. Demand in the lighting industry, for example, has seen improvement with the deployment of LEDs to replace currently ubiquitous systems - incandescent light bulbs, fluorescent lighting and its compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) derivative. As a result, the electronics market is at the start of a phase where mass manufacture of HBLEDs is occurring.
TMG has been manufactured at SAFC Hitech’s Bromborough facility for a number of years, primarily for supply to the global semiconductor industry. However, as TMG also fulfills the technical criteria for devices designed for the LED, laser, communication and other markets, the boom in demand for LEDs has led to the conclusion that expanding the plant - with its expertise and specific manufacturing knowledge for this process - was the ideal business solution to meet customer demand. The £300,000 Grant for Business Investment (GBI), which was awarded by the NWDA, is part of ‘Solutions for Business’, the UK Government's package of publicly-funded business support designed to help companies start and grow.
“Expanding our TMG capacity not only draws on our Bromborough facility’s core competencies, but also reinforces Sigma-Aldrich’s overall strategy of leveraging proprietary technologies and capabilities into new, fast growing market segments, thus differentiating ourselves and our materials offerings through technical innovation," commented Dr. Geoff Irvine, VP, Business Development, SAFC Hitech. “This investment is expected to accelerate the delivery of TMG to a growing market position and reinforce our position as a leading global manufacturing and distributor for the growing LED market worldwide, as well as create jobs in the area, which is positive news given the current economic climate."