13 March 2018
RJR opens Phoenix manufacturing facility and HQ relocation
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US-based RJR Technologies Inc, a developer and manufacturer of liquid-crystal polymer (LCP) air-cavity packages (ACP) for RF and microwave applications, has moved its headquarters from Oakland, CA to its new manufacturing facility in Phoenix, AZ.
“RJR is making capital investments on a 30,000ft2 building to house our corporate headquarters as well as expand our manufacturing operations to support our growth,” says president & CEO Wil Salhuana. “We decided to move our headquarters from California to Arizona after working closely with the Phoenix Economic Development Council due to its friendly government, pro-business stance and available technical talent due to a strong semiconductor base,” he comments. “We will maintain our Oakland facility to run our custom specialty product lines as well as a second source for our high-volume standard products.”
“We moved into the building in April 2017 and have just received our first customer qualification and are starting our volume ramp,” Salhuana continues. “Our air-cavity plastic (ACP) and RQFN packages offer a compelling value proposition in terms of high performance, low cost and faster time-to-market, and the packages have been widely accepted as the package of choice for the RF cellular base-station market,” he claims.
RJR has already shipped millions of units of its new second-generation ACP2 packages to leading manufacturers in the RF market. The firm reckons that, over the next few years, its industry-standard ACP packages can deliver similar benefits to applications in the gallium nitride (GaN) market and RF energy applications, such as lighting, automotive ignition systems and consumer microwave appliances as well as new products that address other market applications.