lithography system is ready to be launched. The system, named Sindre 400, is
the world's first fully automated system for high volume manufacturing
of LEDs. Sindre 400 is a vital contribution to the development within CleanTech,
since, thanks to greatly increased energy and material efficiency, it reduces
the use of natural resources.
Obducat's new Sindre 400 lithography system is ready for the market.
It is the world's first fully automated mass production system, largely
designed for use in the production of LEDs. The first commercial system has
already been ordered and the buyer is Luxtaltek, the Taiwan-based manufacturer
The LED lights manufactured by the Sindre 400 system will be used in products
such as LCD displays, instrument panels, general lighting and cars, says Patrik
Lundström, CEO, Obducat. In addition to lower energy consumption compared
with other types of light sources, LEDs do not contain mercury or led while
at the same time featuring a lifetime five times longer than today's low
energy light bulbs.
With the help of Obducat's nanoimprint technology, integrated in Sindre400,
a number of important objectives are reached in the area called CleanTech -
development in energy and environment aimed at reducing the use of natural resources.
More specifically, it means striving for reduced power consumption, increased
material efficiency as well as increased cost efficiency of environment neutral
Today close on 15–20 per cent of the world's combined energy consumption
is used for lighting purposes. With increased focus on technologies that keep
energy consumption and CO2 emissions down, the LED industry has great potential
to grow, providing opportunities for us.
Ilmar Reepalu, the chairman of Malmö's municipal executive board,
started Sindre 400 when it was presented to customers, media and other interested
parties for the first time."Our region is a knowledge-intensive region
and will continue to be so", says Ilmar Reepalu.
For that reason it is important that companies take advantage of research and
education within the region and make it their business to disseminate research
results to the market. As a region we can then derive all the advantage from
the value created by research in the form of increased export and more vacant
jobs, for example.
Platform with broad opportunities
Sindre 400 is the first model from the Sindre platform. With this the first
truly industrial platform, the foundation is laid for the development of future
mass production systems.
This is the platform on which to base a strong position during the forthcoming
development of energy-efficient lighting, says Henri Bergstrand, Chairman of
the Board, Obducat.
In a longer-term perspective we also have the opportunity to turn to other
manufacturers, since the Sindre platform can be adapted and customer-specified
now that the basic technology is in place. It can also serve as a basis for
machines designed for optoelectronics and photovoltaics (solar technology).
Our response time towards customers gets shorter, says Patrik Lundström.
Sindre 400 is the result of Obducat's R&D efforts during the last
eight years. The machine now ready for launch is based on models installed in
customer plants and in use in industrial manufacturing conditions since February
2006. Sindre 400 has since been optimised and enhanced to operate 24/7.
Obducat AB develops and delivers technologies, products and processes for the
production and replication of advanced micro- and nanostructures. Obducat's
services and products primarily target growth companies in information storage,
semiconductor, circuit board and sensor industries.
Obducat's technologies include electron beam technology and nanoimprint
technology. Obducat is located in Sweden and the United Kingdom, and has its
head office in Malmö. Shares are listed on the NGM list.