Orbotech Ltd., (NASDAQ: ORBK) a leading global supplier of yield-enhancing and process-enabling solutions for the manufacture of electronics products, today announced a multi-million-dollar agreement with Unimicron Germany GmbH (formerly RUWEL International) for the purchase of Orbotech’s direct imaging (DI), automated optical inspection (AOI) and automated optical shaping (AOS) PCB production solutions. Unimicron Germany is in the process of rebuilding its inner layer fab as a fully automated Industry 4.0, state-of-the-art facility, and upgrading its Outerlayer and Solder Mask capacity and capabilities.
Unimicron Germany GmbH specializes in high-end, high-reliability manufacturing for automotive electronics, renewable energy and industrial markets. The site is expected to be fully functional in the first half of 2018.
Among the Orbotech solutions Unimicron Germany has ordered are the latest members of the Nuvogo™ family for direct imaging; Orbotech Diamond™ 8 for high throughput solder mask direct imaging; Fusion™ 22 AOI with 2D metrology in process quality control (IPQC); Precise™ 800 AOS system for 3D shaping of any layer HDI and complex multi-layer boards; and Orbotech Smart Factory for Industry 4.0-compliant, integrated PCB production.
“Following the fire which devastated our facility last year, we have a unique opportunity to rebuild and improve on our past successes,” said Mr. Gerard van Dierendonck, CEO of Unimicron Germany. “We are committed to making the facility more environmentally and energy friendly, as well as ensuring the highest level of flexibility with the lowest total cost of ownership. We selected Orbotech’s solutions because they enable us to achieve our goals and are the best fit for our customers’ present and anticipated production and technology needs.”
“We are delighted to be able to provide a wide range of PCB production solutions as part of Unimicron Germany’s rebuilding project and to further deepen our relationship,” stated Mr. Sharon Cohen, President of Orbotech West. “Our Industry 4.0-compliant solutions meet Unimicron’s specific advanced technology and reliability needs and enable and ensures traceability, which is critical for automotive and other high-reliability PCB applications. In addition, our comprehensive customer service offering, with our one-stop monitoring center, is designed to provide pro-active, preventative measures which can troubleshoot any potential issues, such as downtime, before they even occur.”
“Orbotech’s solutions are a perfect fit for our strategy moving forward and our aim of building the most modern inner layer factory possible,” said Mr. Rico Schlüter, CTO of Unimicron Germany. “As the European PCB industry continues to make significant changes, we are determined to invest in state-of-the-art equipment that will grow with us.”