Laying of the foundation stone for the extension of Jenoptik's high-tech plant for high-power semiconductor lasers in Berlin
The investment for the expansion, including new clean room technology and production equipment, is in the total sum of approx / 10 million euros. This will more than double the production capacities from 2013
“Germany is and remains a location for high-tech manufacturing even though we in the Jenoptik Group are currently pushing forward the process of internationalization in Asia and North America”, said Jenoptik Chairman Dr. Michael Mertin at the ceremony to celebrate the laying of the foundation stone. He emphasized the need for investment primarily in the technology-intensive field. “Our local industry knows how to position itself as a supplier of high-tech to the world”, said Michael Mertin.
The existing production facility in Berlin has reached the limits of its capacity and is being expanded as a result of the high level of customer satisfaction and rapidly increasing demand, particularly from Asia, for future projects as well as for the advancing process of internationalization by the Lasers & Material Processing division.
The new building will more than double the production capacities. The expansion will increase the gross floor area by around 1,400 sq m to around 3,400 sq m. The production area, including clean room area, will increase from a total of 540 sq m to 930 sq m and is expected to be available to production from 2013.
The manufacturing facility will be automated and equipped with state-of-the-art production technology. Gallium-arsenide wafers (GaAs) will be structured and processed to create high-power laser bars in a typical semiconductor manufacturing process. The various work areas will be fitted out with clean room facilities in the categories of between 100 and 1,000 particles per cubic meter – depending upon the requirements of the process step. The complete process line from epitaxy, wafer processing and facet coating through to the manufacture of GaAs components will be installed in the clean rooms.
A total of around 10 million euros will be invested in the extension. The financing of the building will be provided by the Hoesch Dortmund pension fund, the internal fittings (incl. clean rooms) as well as the production equipment will come from Jenoptik. Including the existing production facility, the total amount of the investment at the Jenoptik Berlin-Adlershof site will then come to approx. 24 million euros.
The laser bars from the production facility at Berlin-Adlershof will be sent to customers all over the world and will be processed to create high-power diode lasers at Jenoptik in Jena. This is a field in which Jenoptik is considered one of the leading suppliers and an acknowledged world leader in quality. The group has the entire technology chain at its disposal – from the manufacture of high-power diode lasers, the most energy-efficient of all types of lasers, through to laser processing systems for material processing.
Jenoptik has had its own production facility in Berlin-Adlershof since 2006. The optoelectronic base material and its efficient manufacture are developed by Jenoptik in close cooperation with the locally based Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut for Ultra High Frequency Technology (FBH).
Milestones in the extension
Grundbreaking ceremony: 05.12.2011
Laying of foundation stone: 12.12.2011
Topping-out ceremony: 05.03.2012
Handover: Summer 2012
General contractor: YIT Germany GmbH, Stuttgart
As an integrated optoelectronics group Jenoptik operates in the five divisions Lasers & Material Processing, Optical Systems, Industrial Metrology, Traffic Solutions and Defense & Civil Systems. Its customers around the world mainly include companies in the semiconductor and semiconductor equipment manufacturing industry, automotive and automotive supplier industry, medical technology, the security and defense technology industry as well as the aviation industry.
The Group was created out of the former Kombinat VEB Carl Zeiss Jena in 1991, as a result of the German reunification. The Jenoptik Group headquarters are in Jena (Thuringia). In addition to several major sites in Germany Jenoptik is represented in nearly 70 countries. JENOPTIK AG is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and included in the TecDax index. Jenoptik employs around 3,000 people and generated sales of approx. 510 million euros in 2010.
In the Lasers & Material Processing division Jenoptik is one of the leading providers and has control of the entire value-added chain of laser material processing - from component through to complete system. In the area of laser, Jenoptik has specialized in high-quality semiconductor materials and reliable diode lasers as well as innovative solid-state lasers, for example thin-disk and fiber lasers. In the area of high-power diode lasers Jenoptik is acknowledged worldwide as a leader in quality. These laser sources are used, among other things, in the areas of laser material processing, medical technology and show & entertainment. In the area of laser processing systems Jenoptik develops laser systems and machines that are integrated into production facilities for our customers as part of their process optimization and automation. These systems enable our customers to work with plastics, metals, semiconductor materials and solar cells, both in thin-film as well as wafer technology, with maximum efficiency, precision and safety.
Further information can be found at www.jenoptik.de.