AIXTRON AG (FWB: AIXA, ISIN DE000A0WMPJ6, ISIN DE000A1DAHX7; NASDAQ: AIXG, ISIN US0096061041) announced today a new order for more Planetary and Showerhead HB-GaN LED MOCVD tools from Jiang Su Can Yang, a joint venture with Formosa Epitaxy Inc. (FOREPI), an established AIXTRON customer and one of Taiwan's leading manufacturers of ultra high brightness (UHB) LEDs. Jiang Su Can Yang placed the order in the fourth quarter of 2009. The Planetary Reactor systems in a 11x4 inch configuration and Close Coupled Showerhead tools in a 31x2 inch configuration will be delivered between the second and the fourth quarter of 2010. The local AIXTRON support team will commission the new reactors at the new FOREPI purpose-built facility in Jiang Su province, PR China.
Dr. Frank Chien, CEO FOREPI comments, “We have aggressive plans for our joint venture in Jiang Su province, PR China with a total of fifty systems to be in place within the next three years. The excellent performance we have received from our existing Planetary and Showerhead systems from AIXTRON at FOREPI in Taiwan have translated directly into high quality product performance, yield, and cost of ownership.
Specifically, the new reactors in this latest order are destined not only for a new facility but also a new application research topic. Therefore, as these plans unfold the new joint venture in China will allow us to be very close to many of our customers increasing production capacity and to meet their future needs in new device technology. Working in partnership with AIXTRON's support team we can bring these tools onstream quickly ramping up HB GaN LED epiwafer production in response to strong local market demand.”