7th May 2021
Construction has begun at Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology’s advanced manufacturing facility.
Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology, a leading provider of advanced wafer processing solutions for the semiconductor industry, has today broken ground at the site of their new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bristol, UK.
The relocation to a new facility is driven by the growing demand for Plasma Technology’s solutions from their customers, which include the world’s leading semiconductor device manufacturers and materials research institutions.
Managing Director of Plasma Technology, Matt Kelly, comments: “We are thrilled to be moving forward with construction at the new facility and we’re excited to see the project progress. Our new building will comprise both a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, as well as advanced research laboratories which will support our leading-edge developments and enable the future innovations of our customers.”
Strong growth in the last 4 years has seen the company grow to over 400 employees worldwide, with over 300 of these working across the laboratory, office and manufacturing space at the current Plasma Technology UK headquarters in Yatton, near Bristol.
Mark Wright, Partner at Trebor Developments, who is managing the project, said: “we are delighted to commence construction of such a prestigious high tech, manufacturing and office facility. The building will comprise 107,660 sq. ft with an extensive additional fit-out.”
For many years, Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology has focused their expertise on Compound Semiconductors (CS) and optimised their robust hardware making it suitable for operation in the semiconductor Fab - delivering critical device performance, yield and cost of ownership to enable their customers to succeed. The markets for CS applications, such as GaN fast chargers and SiC power devices, are showing exciting growth and this success is driving the need for expansion. The evolution of Plasma Technology into the semiconductor production space, combined with the increased demand for their systems, not only calls for additional space, but also requires a state-of-the-art facility to further enhance their capability as a production supplier.
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About Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology
Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology offers flexible, configurable process tools and leading-edge processes for the precise, controllable and repeatable engineering of micro- and nano-structures. Our systems provide process solutions for the etching of nanometre sized features, nanolayer deposition and the controlled growth of nanostructures.
These solutions are based on core technologies in plasma-enhanced deposition and etch, ion-beam deposition and etch, atomic layer deposition, deep silicon etch and physical vapour deposition. Products range from compact stand-alone systems for R&D, through batch tools and up to clustered cassette-to-cassette platforms for high-throughput production processing.
About Oxford Instruments plc
Oxford Instruments designs, supplies and supports high-technology tools and systems with a focus on research and industrial applications. Innovation has been the driving force behind Oxford Instruments' growth and success for 60 years, supporting its core purpose to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
The first technology business to be spun out from Oxford University, Oxford Instruments is now a global company and is listed on the FTSE250 index of the London Stock Exchange (OXIG). Its strategy focuses on being a customer-centric, market-focused Group, understanding the technical and commercial challenges faced by its customers. Key market segments include Semiconductor & Communications, Advanced Materials, Healthcare & Life Science, and Quantum Technology.
Their portfolio includes a range of core technologies in areas such as low temperature and high magnetic field environments; Nuclear Magnetic Resonance; X-ray, electron, laser and optical based metrology; atomic force microscopy; optical imaging; and advanced growth, deposition and etching.
Oxford Instruments is helping enable a greener economy, increased connectivity, improved health and leaps in scientific understanding. Their advanced products and services allow the world’s leading industrial companies and scientific research communities to image, analyse and manipulate materials down to the atomic and molecular level, helping to accelerate R&D, increase manufacturing productivity and make ground-breaking discoveries.