21 June 2012

Sapphire substrate maker Rubicon ranked 13th on Crain’s 2012 ‘Fast 50 List’

Rubicon Technology Inc of Bensenville, IL, USA, which makes monocrystalline sapphire substrates and products for the LED, RFIC, semiconductor and optical industries, has been ranked 13th on Crain’s Chicago Business’ 2012 ‘Fast 50’, an annual list of the fastest-growing public and private companies in the Chicago area.

Crain’s ranks firms on the basis of five-year revenue growth. Rubicon has seen 546% growth, from $21m in revenue in 2006 to $134m in revenue in 2011.

“Throughout our 11-year history, Rubicon’s focus on continuous innovation has helped us develop proprietary crystal growth technology that enabled us to be first-to-market with high-quality, large-diameter polished sapphire wafers,” says president & CEO Raja M. Parvez. “We look forward to continued growth as LED technology is adopted in the general lighting market and as product developers find additional applications for commercial sapphire,” he adds.

Rubicon claims to be world’s largest provider of large-diameter sapphire wafers. As a vertically integrated supplier, it developed the process to grow large sapphire crystals from raw materials in custom-built, proprietary furnaces. The firm has hence been able to scale the growth of bulk crystal from 30kg to 85kg to 200kg without compromising high quality or high yield, it claims. Rubicon completes the final stage of vertical integration with high-precision core drilling, wafer slicing, surface lapping, large-diameter polishing and wafer cleaning in its Penang, Malaysia facility. To date, Rubicon has shipped more than 230,000 large-diameter wafers to the LED and silicon-on-sapphire (SoS) markets.

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