30 September 2010


Optogan first in Europe to order Aixtron CRIUS II for GaN LED production

Deposition equipment maker Aixtron AG of Aachen-Herzogenrath, Germany has received an order for two CRIUS II deposition systems for delivery in fourth-quarter 2010 to CJSC Optogan of St. Petersburg, Russia. The new reactors will be commissioned by the Aixtron Europe support team in CJSC Optogan's dedicated facilities and used for gallium nitride high-brightness LED production.

“Our main consideration for reactor selection was the scalability of the Close Coupled Showerhead process technology,” says Dr Maxim Odnoblyudov, general manager & CEO of Optogan Group. “We were impressed with the data from Aixtron on the CRIUS family of MOCVD systems. It reassured us that moving up to the CRIUS II will be straightforward,” he adds. “This system will be a very important part of our plan to add more capacity for the new high-performance, cost-competitive products demanded by our customers.”

“It is the first CRIUS II order from a European customer,” says Dr Frank Schulte, VP Aixtron Europe. “It is particularly satisfying that it is the Optogan Group, one of the main players on the emerging and fast-growing Russian market,” he adds. “Optogan has been using our MOCVD reactors for several years.”

Founded in Finland in 2004 by a team of Russian scientists from Ioffe Institute in St Petersburg, Optogan is a vertically integrated manufacturer of high-brightness LEDs for global markets including solid-state lighting. In July 2009, Optogan began operations in Russia. This May, it acquired the industrial facility and infrastructure of Elcoteq in St Petersburg, where new LED production lines are being set up. It plans to launch its first manufacturing line this fall, with a monthly production capacity of 30 million LEDs.

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