Clean Technology opens Shanghai plant
Clean Technology (UCT) literally rolled out the red carpet on March 18
to celebrate the opening of its new facility in Shanghai, China. Accompanied
by Chinese musicians, lion dancers, and a raucous fireworks display, the
company's CEO and officials from Shanghai's municipal foreign investment
development board and the Kangqiao industrial zone performed a ribbon-cutting
ceremony in front of the plant, located in Shanghai's Pudong district.
BY BOB MICHAELS/MICRO
52,000-sq-ft facility, which began operations last November and shipped
its first product in February, will be used to assemble gas-delivery systems
and other modules and subsystems—including liquid-delivery systems,
frames, and process modules—for semiconductor manufacturing tools.
It contains a Class 100 cleanroom for performing welding operations and
a separate Class 1000 assembly cleanroom. Portions of the 30,000-sq-ft
warehouse can be converted into additional cleanroom space as the need
arises. The company says that it intends to keep its R&D and prototyping
activities at its Menlo Park, CA, headquarters and send production-worthy
items to the Chinese plant for assembly. The workforce of 42, which includes
a core group of engineers, production support staff, and administrative
personnel, is expected to double in size in a few months as production
Cheung, managing director of the Shanghai facility, explained to MICRO
why UCT chose Shanghai for its new plant: "Who's booming? Where is the
semiconductor industry going? Who's got an educated, young workforce?
What's the low-cost country in the region? Add all the answers to these
questions together and the overall answer is inevitable—China. On
the technical side, some other countries are superior, but add it all
together and the choice for China won hands down."
Granger, UCT's president/CEO, noted at a banquet following the opening
ceremony that manufacturing in China is key to expanding into different
subsystems and gives the company new customers. "We couldn't have
done it [opened the Shanghai UCT facility] without the support of the
[local] government," added Chen Ce, secretary of the Chinese Communist
Party Nanhui district committee.—BM
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