By Gary Thomas
Entegris, a company that provides an extensive array of products for protection, purification and transportation of materials employed in high technology industries like semiconductor, has unveiled a new facility for providing customized coatings based on silicon and carbon akin to diamond.
The coatings facility will cater specifically to the semiconductor, plastics and industrial markets of Europe.
The new Entegris facility is situated at Lyon, the Techild economic center in France. It is strategically located in close proximity to the core of Europe’s plastics manufacture and nanotechnology activity center will enhance Entegris’ capabilities for high purity silicon and diamond like carbon coatings in Asia and the United States.
Dubbed as UltraC coatings, they are dense, micro-conformal coatings that are high on purity with very low residual stress. The UltraC family of coatings from Entegris possesses hardness greater than that of chrome and tool steel and is also greatly lubricious and very smooth. The coatings demonstrate high resistance to corrosion. In order to ensure that the hardness of the substrate is retained even under conditions of low temperatures, the coatings will be manufactured by employing a proprietary Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD). The coatings are suitable for a range of processes and components necessitating high purity levels such as those in metal forming, plastic injection molding, semiconductor processing chambers, materials handling and biomedical applications.
The new coatings manufacture facility will also be the location for Entegris’ European office that promotes the sale of its SUPERSiC silicon carbide and POCO graphite products.