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27 April 2009


EpiWorks boosts capacity to more than 100,000 6" wafers per year

EpiWorks Inc of Champaign-Urbana, IL, USA, which manufactures epiwafers for application in optical components, wireless devices and high-speed communication systems, has announced its Phase II production facility expansion. In April 2007, the firm completed its Phase I expansion, which boosted its 6" HBT production capacity to over 50,000 wafers per year. 

"In 2007, we completed the internal qualification of additional MOCVD equipment.  Since then, EpiWorks has successfully added new customers, developed new products and substantially increased its volume. Because we offer leading technology, quality and customer service while focusing on top-tier customers in a variety of markets, we are optimistic about our customers and our future business together. Thus, EpiWorks is now preparing to meet continued demand beyond 2009," says Dr David Ahmari, executive vice president, EpiWorks.

Phase II of the expansion will see EpiWorks double its clean-room space and add MOCVD capacity to allow for the production of over 100,000 6" wafers per year. EpiWorks offers 4" and 6" electronic wafer production as well as 2", 3", 4" and 6" optical wafer production. 

"EpiWorks has been building capacity, a strong customer base and a profitable business over the past several years. Despite the current economic conditions, new customers and increased demand for new products are driving our growth and expansion. EpiWorks will continue to aggressively plan to meet all customer demand while balancing this aggressiveness with appropriate caution. EpiWorks has been profitable for three consecutive years, including Q4 2008 and Q1 2009, and we have planned appropriately to maintain our profitability even in the midst of the current global financial crisis. By keeping proper balance and perspective in times of extreme bullishness and bearishness, we have afforded ourselves the financial flexibility to judiciously add capacity. This will ensure that EpiWorks is well positioned to meet customer demand during the next upward cycle," said EpiWorks’ CEO, Quesnell Hartmann.

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