16 May 2023
Aixtron investing up to €100m to build new innovation center
Deposition equipment maker Aixtron SE has received approval from its Supervisory Board to invest up to €100m in building a new innovation center at its headquarters in Herzogenrath, near Aachen, Germany.
With 1000m2 of cleanroom space, the new building will create further R&D capacity for the next product generations that are already in preparation, as well as for further product development beyond that.
“With our products, we address the megatrends of digitalization, electro-mobility and energy efficiency and are experiencing a strong and steadily growing demand,” says CEO Dr Felix Grawert. “Technical innovations and product developments that precisely address the needs of our customers are the key to our success. And our dynamic environment offers us further growth opportunities,” he adds. “This project will enable us to create the foundation for further product developments and for future growth.”
Aixtron says that the importance of product development in the semiconductor industry is demonstrated by its new G10 system generations. In the first year after market introduction, Aixtron expects to generate more than 40% of its annual revenues with this new product generation. Soon after its official launch, the new tool for the silicon carbide material system (G10-SiC) has already generated a high order intake. Also, it is expected to continue to drive further growth all throughout 2023 and beyond.
In addition, Aixtron’s new solution for the gallium arsenide/indium phosphide material system (G10-AsP) was launched at the beginning of 2023 and is already seeing strong demand. For the first time, it enables the high-volume production of micro-LEDs and photonic components such as lasers on wafers with a diameter of up to 200mm. Later in the year, the new G10 system for gallium nitride (GaN) will be launched.
The SiC and GaN material systems have the potential to fully cover the complete range of power electronics, from electro-mobility to renewable energy technologies to fast data transmission. Due to their material properties, they can enable a significant reduction in global CO2 emissions in these areas and help electro-mobility to achieve a breakthrough, says Aixtron.