Samco boosts shipment capacity
Samco, a Japan-based semiconductor processing equipment manufacturer, held a completion ceremony for its second production centre on June 17.
The centre, which began construction in January and is expected to begin operations during the fall of this year, boosts Samco's original shipment capacity of 6-7 billion yen per year to a total of 10-11 billion yen per year.
"We expect to see an increased demand for dry etching and CVD systems due to the IoT's rapid expansion, as well as anticipated growth in the medical and robotics industries," says Osamu Tsuji, Samco's president, chairman and CEO. "With the completion of our newest production centre, Samco is prepared to meet those demands."
Containing a total land area of 1,260 m2, Samco's second production centre's total floor space is 1,130 m2 (which includes a 217.61 square-meter clean room), and will mainly be used to assemble and modify processing equipment for mass production. The 600 million yen investment also included renovations for the existing production technology building.
The two-floor steel-framed building stands adjacent to Samco's headquarters in Kyoto, which has been described as the "Silicon Valley of Japan" due to its abundance of technology-based companies and manufacturers.
"Our second production center serves as a contribution to the local economy and is recognised by Kyoto City's program to promote the siting of companies within the city," says Tsuji.
Samco has been providing deposition, etch, and surface treatment systems for 37 years. It has installed more than 3,600 systems in 30 countries, according to the company, and customers include makers of power devices, LEDs, LDs, MEMS, TSVs, SAW devices, RF devices and photonic crystals.