24 March 2020
Plasma-Therm adds systems engineering expertise with acquisition of UK-based JLS Designs
Plasma-Therm LLC of St Petersburg, FL, USA (which makes plasma etch, deposition and advanced packaging equipment for specialty semiconductor and nanotechnology markets) has acquired JLS Designs Ltd of Somerton, Somerset, UK, a supplier of compact plasma systems and custom-designed engineering solutions.
“This transaction immediately increases our capabilities, both to support existing customers in the United Kingdom and to attract new customers throughout Europe,” says Jim Garstka, Plasma-Therm’s VP of sales & business development. “This is a strategic acquisition to increase our presence in the UK and Europe, and to enhance the award-winning customer service that Plasma-Therm provides around the world,” he adds. “We are excited also to be adding specialized engineering capabilities, for which JLS Designs team is known, and to bring the myriad process technologies they have developed to the Plasma-Therm portfolio.”
“The PlasmaPOD is a unique product addition to Plasma-Therm’s portfolio, offering high-performance capabilities for etch and deposition in a table-top package,” says John Sambell, formerly of JLS Designs and now Plasma-Therm business line manager. “We look forward to reaching new customers through an integrated, global sales network.”