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SUSS MicroTec to acquire inkjet printer division of Meyer Burger
SUSS MicroTec plans to purchase PiXDRO, a division of Meyer Burger Deutschland GmbH. Both companies signed a corresponding agreement on 19 December 2019.
The purchase price amounts to EUR 4.5 million in cash. Accordingly, SUSS MicroTec SE will take on the approximately 30 employees at the Eindhoven, Netherlands location. The transaction is expected to be complete by the end of February 2020, a press release states. With an annual revenue of around EUR 7 million, PiXDRO produces and distributes semi-automatic and fully-automatic devices for inkjet-based coating processes, which have been established on the market since 2004. While they have primarily been used in the area of research and development, printed circuit boards (PCB), and photovoltaics (PV), this additive, digital inkjet printing technology is also opening up a number of new possibilities in semiconductor technology. "By purchasing this technology, SUSS MicroTec is again one step further on the path to meeting our growth strategy, SUSS 2025," explains Franz Richter, CEO and Chairman of the Board of SUSS MicroTec SE. "With PiXDRO, we are not only expanding our portfolio with a unique technology that is already established for many applications, our customers also profit from their many years of process and application expertise, which will enable us, in a short time, to provide innovative solutions for new areas in lithography." "Another unique advantage of the digital inkjet process is the direct, selective imaging by which only certain areas of a substrate can be printed on in a targeted manner or by which higher layer thicknesses can be produced at certain points rather than in other areas," explains Stefan Lutter, General Manager Bonder, Coater/Developer. "This is not possible with any of the other methods previously used in lithography and therefore opens up additional process and cost advantages."