Okmetic Investing €100 Million to Double SOI Wafer Capacity

June 11, 2019 by Paul Shepard

Silicon wafer manufacturer Okmetic Oy is investing tens of millions of euros in its Vantaa plant in 2019– 2021. The investments 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.

“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”, said SVP, Customers and Markets Anna-Riikka Vuorikari-Antikainen.

The company’s decision to increase its SOI production capacity is part of Okmetic’s growth and investment program for 2017–2021, with a total value of over €100 million. This is a natural continuum for the investments in 2017–2018, which involved a plant expansion with over 1,000 m2 of clean room space as well as new capabilities such as lithographic patterning and deep reactive-ion etching (DRIE) enabling the production of embedded structures in SOI wafers.

“The latest investment decision is a response to the needs of our customers and the markets they operate in. With the aid of our investment program, we are striving to ensure sufficient capacity for the next few years in order to support our customers’ business”, added President Kai Seikku.