EpiValley adds Thomas Swan for growth of GaN-based LEDs

Date Announced: 16 Aug 2006

South Korea’s EpiValley Adds further Thomas Swan MOCVD Reactor for Blue LEDs

Aachen, Germany - AIXTRON AG is pleased to announce that EpiValley Co. Ltd., has ordered a Thomas Swan 30x2 inch CRIUS MOCVD-system in the first quarter of 2006.

The Thomas Swan 30x2" CRIUS MOCVD-system will be used for the mass production of gallium nitride based high brightness LEDs and will be installed at EpiValley’s state of the art facility in Kwangju City, South Korea.

One of the most successful start-up companies in South Korea, EpiValley Co. Ltd., supplies its high quality LED chips and wafers to numerous fast-growing LED companies in South Korea and Taiwan.

A spokesman of EpiValley comments: “Having already expanded capacity for LEDs and related products, the market demand now requires us to add further capacity. The state-of-the-art Thomas Swan 30x2 inch CRIUS IC-system will now form a vital part of our ongoing expansion plan.

"It was a straightforward and logical choice given our good long-term business relationship with Thomas Swan. We have been very satisfied with the excellent reliability, flexibility, uniformity and throughput demonstrated by the Thomas Swan equipment.

"Also, AIXTRON provides a fast responsive local support which is essential to the conduct of our business in meeting the needs of our growing customer base."

Founded in December 1999, EpiValley Co., Ltd., manufactures and develops semiconductor materials. Its principal products are epiwafers for blue, green, and UV LED and LED chips targeting end-user applications such as mobile phones, displays, car navigation, LCD TV and solid-state illumination.

EpiValley Co., Ltd., has two plants in South Korea, one at its headquarters in Kwangju City and one in Seongnam City and employs 170 people with 30% of them holding PhD and MS degrees in R&D.

AIXTRON AG Aachen, Germany Phone: +49 241 8909 474 Fax: +49 241 8909 522


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