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6 June 2014

Ichor tripling capacity in Scotland following regional funding

Ichor Systems Ltd, an OEM licensed supplier of re-manufactured equipment & services based in the Scottish Enterprise Technology Park, East Kilbride, UK, is to create new jobs and triple its capacity with a move to new 36,600ft2 premises at Hamilton International Park near Blantyre, Scotland.

Formerly known as Semi Scenic, the firm was founded in 2003 and was acquired by Ichor Systems Inc of Tualatin, OR, USA in April 2012.

“We have been working with Ichor Systems for a number of years and are pleased to have been able to support them with a Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grant of £175,000 to help with this expansion into new facilities,” says Scottish Enterprise’s business support director Eleanor Taylor. “Ichor is a successful player in the global market and the move to these new premises will enhance its delivery of real value-added products and services to its customers throughout the world and exploit further growth opportunities,” she adds.

“We have recently secured a global product licence from industry giant Lam Research which means that in future we will sell specific licensed legacy products directly to end-users throughout the world to develop our Scotland-based operation in the face of tough competition from other locations,” says Ichor Systems Ltd’s managing director Don Nicolson. “As a result, and with steadily increasing worldwide demand across the industry for our services, we are forecasting an 80% growth in turnover this year,” he adds.

“We have outgrown our existing 12,000ft2 plant in East Kilbride’s Scottish Enterprise Technology Park where we have been since 2005.We are obliged to move if we are to fulfil our ambition and, with the support of both our parent company and SDI [Scottish Development International], we have been enabled to do just that,” Nicolson continues.

The new facility, which will require an extensive fit-out program due to the semiconductor industry’s cleanroom requirements, will deliver up to ten new jobs as well as securing the future of Ichor Ltd’s existing staff. Nicolson expects the new site to be ready for production before the end of 2014.

Tags: Lam Research

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