30 August 2010


Tsinghua Tongfang selects Veeco as primary MOCVD supplier for new LED plant

Epitaxial deposition, process, and metrology equipment maker Veeco Instruments Inc of Plainview, NY, USA says that Chinese state-owned enterprise Tsinghua Tongfang Company, a division of Tsinghua Holdings Company Ltd based at Beijing Tsinghua University, has chosen Veeco as its primary supplier of metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) systems for its new LED manufacturing plant. Veeco booked the initial systems from a large multi-tool purchase order earlier in August.

Tsinghua Tongfang was established and listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 1997, and is engaged in information technology, energy and environment industries. “Tsinghua Tongfang has put together an exciting new enterprise, moving from the lighting engineering business directly into the manufacture of LEDs,” comments Bill Miller Ph.D., executive VP, general manager of Veeco’s MOCVD operations. “They have solid financial backing and an experienced technology team, and we are pleased to support their production ramp,” he adds.

“After thorough evaluation of available MOCVD systems at our Beijing LED R&D site, we selected Veeco as our primary supplier for our new production facility in NanTong, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year,” says Tsinghua Tonfang vice president Wang Lianghai.

According to China Knowledge, on 22 August Tsinghua Tongfang announced plans to invest about RMB2.92bn in building an LED base in Nantong Economic and Technological Development Zone, Jiangsu Province. President Lu Zhicheng said that the firm aims to become China’s largest and the world’s third largest LED chip producer within the next three years. The firm will manage and operate the plant via Tongfang (Nantong) Science and Technology Park Ltd.

“The TurboDisc K465i MOCVD systems were the clear winner in terms of cost of ownership and productivity,” says Wang. “We have an aggressive plan to ramp production of LEDs, primarily to address backlighting demand for TVs, and Veeco’s technology, tool performance and customer support best matched our needs,” he adds.

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