17 February 2020
Palomar moves to new global HQ, expanding to 110,000ft2 of manufacturing and contract assembly labs
Photonics and microelectronic device assembly & packaging equipment maker Palomar Technologies Inc of Carlsbad, CA, USA says that, to meet growing customer demand for its solutions around the world, it has moved to a new global headquarters (at 6305 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009) and expanded its facilities to over 110,000ft2.
“Since acquiring SST International (renamed to SST Vacuum Reflow Systems) in 2015, our global business has rapidly developed with a new customer base, and these new facilities make it possible for Palomar to meet the growing global demand for our entire product line,” says Bruce Hueners, CEO & president for Palomar Technologies and SST Vacuum Reflow Systems. “Additionally, our Innovation Center, which specializes in contract assembly and process development, has grown substantially and these new facilities will provide a top-notch laboratory, precision manufacturing, and training facilities.”
Palomar has its roots in the aerospace & defense industry, with its origins as a technology division within Hughes Aircraft. Over the 40+ years of supporting the semiconductor and photonics industries, the firm has expanded beyond its traditional segments across automotive (LiDAR and power modules), medical semiconductor/biophotonics, microwave, RF/wireless, 5G, datacom, telecom, industrial and a few niche markets. Palomar says it is in the unique position to work with customers from start-up/prototype all the way to volume production, as it is a logical transition for the customer to move through Palomar Innovation Centers to purchase their own Palomar equipment line.
The new facilities complement the expansion in 2019 of the firm’s contract manufacturing facilities in Singapore, as well as collaborating with the Electronics and Photonics Innovation Center (EPIC) in Paignton (Torbay) in the UK to open a demonstration/prototyping laboratory to serve its growing European customer base.
By moving into its new corporate headquarters, Palomar is expanding manufacturing, engineering laboratories, class ISO Class 6 & 7 (Fed STD Class 1000-10,000) cleanroom/laboratory and production laboratories, along with contract manufacturing/process development (Innovation Center) and office space. Additionally, the new building includes a dedicated training facility.