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Schott to acquire laser glass-bonding firm Primoceler.

Schott has entered into an agreement to acquire Primoceler, a Finnish specialist in glass micro bonding, to advance its competance in the field of hermetic packaging.

Primoceler's technology creates new possibilities for protection of sensitive electronics in medical implants, MEMS devices and other applications.

Hermetic packaging refers to the sealing of electrical contacts with glass or ceramics. These inorganic and virtually non-ageing materials are used as insulators that prevent the intrusion of moisture and other contaminants. The challenge lies in achieving a perfect bond between the electrical metal conductors and glass--Schott provides technologies from glass-to-metal and ceramic-to-metal sealing.

Primoceler has developed a 'glass-only' micro bonding method based on laser technology that can be completed without any heat or added materials. This bonding process allows for the manufacture of vacuum-tight, ultra-miniature electronic or optical devices with superior reliability. Even electronics with extreme heat sensitivities can be safely encapsulated.

Glass micro bonding enables entirely new packaging concepts for devices that demand high reliability, including medical implants, aerospace, automotive, optical devices, and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) for the internet of things (IoT).

The transaction is expected to be completed later this year, subject to certain closing conditions. The purchase price is confidential.

Upon finalisation of the acquisition, the firm will trade as Schott Primoceler and will be based in Tampere, Finland, as part of Schott's Electronic Packaging division, which offers a complete range of hermetic packaging technologies to protect sensitive electronics in automotive and aerospace, medical, and energy applications, among others.

'This new partnership with such a global leader positions us excellently to serve our customers around the world and scale up production,' said Ville Hevonkorpi, CEO of Primoceler Oy.

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Publication:Electro Optics
Date:Aug 1, 2018
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