Okmetic invests over 100 million euro in its Vantaa plant in 2017-2021 as part of its growth and investment programme.
In 2017–2018, Okmetic invested in a plant expansion with over 1,000 m2 of clean room space as well as in new capabilities such as lithographic patterning and deep reactive-ion etching (DRIE) enabling the production of embedded structures in SOI wafers. The investments in 2019–2021 are mainly targeted at the company’s core competence, (Silicon-On-Insulator) SOI wafers, and will gradually double the company’s SOI production capacity as of 2H20.
The demand for SOI wafers is expected to continue strong. With the aid of the investment programme, Okmetic strives to ensure sufficient capacity for the next few years in order to support its customers’ business. The investment programme also creates a need for additional human resources. In 2019-2021, Okmetic estimates its over 400 employee personnel to increase with 80 new employees.
SOI wafers are high-technology
Okmetic is a true pioneer in the field of SOI wafers as the company has been developing SOI technology since the 1990’s. SOI wafers are silicon wafers with a thin silicon film on insulating oxide, and their production requires a very high level of technological expertise. SOI wafers enable the manufacture of the most advanced MEMS and power components used in automotive and healthcare applications, smart wristbands, smartphones and tablets as well as applications related to Internet of Things (IoT) utilizing sensor-provided data in device-to-device communication.
”SOI wafers provide an optimal substrate for the manufacture of most advanced MEMS and power components. As a world’s leading supplier for SOI wafers, we have been witnessing a growing demand for these wafers as a result of increasing amount of advanced MEMS and power components used in the electronics sector”, says SVP, Customers and Markets Anna-Riikka Vuorikari-Antikainen.