2017-05-11

Leading Semiconductor Manufacturer Qualifies AIXTRON System for High Performance GaN LED Production

AIXTRON SE, a worldwide leading provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry, announced today that OSRAM Opto Semiconductors has qualified the first of multiple AIX G5 C planetary systems for the manufacturing of GaN (gallium nitride) LEDs.
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2016-12-30

Goodbye Bitter 2016: Review of Major Trends of the Year (Part 1)

Before celebrating the New Year, Chinese-language newspaper UDN in Taiwan has a tradition of conducting an annual poll, requesting readers to pick out a word that best represents the year. For 2016, the Taiwanese people chose the Chinese character Ku (苦), which can be translated as a bitter taste, hardships or even a painful experience. Asked how 2016 went, most in the LED industry would probably agree it was another hard year that left a particularly bitter aftertaste.
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2016-12-09

Grand Chip Investment Drops Aixtron Acquisition Deal

AIXTRON, one of the world’s leading providers of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry, announced today that Grand Chip Investment GmbH (GCI) declared today that the voluntary public takeover offer for the acquisition of all shares, including all shares represented by ADSs, of AIXTRON SE (AIXTRON) by GCI published on July 29, 2016 has lapsed due to the non-fulfillment of an offer condition.
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2016-12-07

Obama Blocks Grand Chip Investment Acquisition of Aixtron

The chances of Chinese investor Grand Chip Investment (GCI) acquiring Aixtron are looking rather slim, following U.S. President Barack Obama recent order that bans the business transaction, reported Bloomberg.
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2016-11-21

Aixtron and Grand Chip Investment Go Against CFIUS Objections

German MOCVD manufacturer Aixtron and Chinese investor Grand Chip Investment are determined to complete the acquisition business transaction despite objections raised by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
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2016-10-28

What Does National Security Have to Do with Chinese Takeovers of Large Int’l Semiconductor Companies?

Chinese investor Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund (FGC) was supposed to have sealed deal between German semiconductor equipment manufacturers Aixtron on Oct. 6, 2016, but was abruptly called off by the German Economic Ministry this Monday over unspecified national security issues.
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2016-10-27

Handelsblatt: U.S. Asked Berlin to Call off China-Aixtron Deal

U.S. intelligence services warned Germany that a Chinese takeover of German semiconductor manufacturing equipment maker Aixtron could give Beijing access to technology for military purposes, reported German paper Handelsblatt on Wednesday.
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2016-10-25

German Ministry of Economics Withdraws Clearance Certificate of Aixtron's Takeover by Grand Chip Investment

AIXTRON SE, one of the world’s leading providers of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry, announced today that the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy has withdrawn vis-à-vis Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund LP, as indirect shareholder of Grand Chip Investment GmbH, its Clearance Certificate (Unbedenklichkeitsbescheinigung) issued on September 8, 2016 and announced a reopening of review proceedings in connection with the takeover offer by Grand Chip Investment GmbH.
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2016-07-11

Changelight Puts New Aixtron MOCVD System into Production

AIXTRON, a worldwide leading provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry, announced today that Chinese optoelectronics manufacturer Xiamen Changelight has successfully finalized the qualification of AIXTRON’s Close Coupled Showerhead MOCVD system AIX R6. 
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2016-05-24

Aixtron to Remain a German Company and Keep Patents after GCI Acquisition

In a letter issued by Aixtron, it assured clients that it would remain a German company, protect its patents, and highlighted the benefits the potential acquisition deal with Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund (FGC) would have on its future business strategy.
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2016-05-24

Aixtron Largest Shareholder Argonaut Capital Critical About Proposed Takeover

Aixtron’s announcement last Friday that is in talks with Chinese investment group Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund (GCI)’s German subsidiary has attracted criticism from one of the group’s largest shareholder Argonaut Capital, according to aFinancial Times report.
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2016-05-23

[Update] Debunking Rumors Associated with Aixtron Sales to Chinese Investor

The sales of Aixtron to a Chinese investor last Friday sparked market rumors, with some industry insiders over interpreting and speculating San’an Opto is involved in the acquisition. LEDinside takes a look into this particular market rumor.
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2016-05-23

Chinese Investment Group GCI Acquires Aixtron for EUR 670M

Aixtron and Grand Chip Investment GmbH (“Grand Chip Investment”), a 100% indirect subsidiary of Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund LP (“FGC”), have today entered into an agreement to take over AIXTRON. Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund LP is a Chinese investment fund; 51% of which is held by the Chinese business man Zhendong Liu and 49% by Xiamen Bohao Investment Ltd. 
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2016-03-10

LG Innotek teams up with AIXTRON technology

AIXTRON SE (FSE: AIXA; NASDAQ: AIXG), a worldwide provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry, announced today that one of Korea’s leading electronics companies, LG Innotek has selected a AIX G5 WW (Warm-Wall) reactor for the development of silicon carbide (SiC) epitaxial wafers aimed mainly at power devices for automotive and renewable energy applications. The system configured for 8x6-inch substrates was delivered in the fourth quarter 2015.
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2016-03-03

Plessey Expands Production Capacity with AIX G5+ C Cluster from Aixtron

AIXTRON SE, a worldwide leading provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry, today announced that Plessey Semiconductors Ltd. has ordered an AIX G5+ C cluster system for the production capacity expansion of gallium nitride LEDs manufactured on silicon wafers (GaN-on-Si). The tool is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter 2016.
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2015-12-14

Rosen Law Firm Investigates Securities Claims against Aixtron

Rosen Law Firm, a global investor right law firm, announced recently it is investigating potential securities claims on behalf of shareholders of Aixtron resulting from allegations that Aixtron might have issued materially misleading business information to the investing public.
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2015-10-26

LandMark Optoelectronics Expands Production Capacity with AIXTRON MOCVD

AIXTRON, a worldwide leading provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry, announced today that LandMark Optoelectronics Corporation, a supplier in gallium arsenide (GaAs) and indium phosphide (InP) based epitaxial wafers for optical communication, industrial application, and special-purpose usage, has purchased another AIX 2800G4-TM system for the production of laser diode devices. The tool is due for delivery in the first quarter 2016. 
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2015-07-14

Plessey Wins UK AMSCI Grant for 8-inch GaN-on-Si Production

Plessey Semiconductors announced today that it will be leading a GBP1.3 million government funded project in conjunction with AIXTRON and Bruker Nano Surfaces Division. This project will accelerate high volume manufacturing of Plessey’s innovative LEDs created with GaN-on-Silicon technology at its Devon based manufacturing site.
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2015-06-24

Epileds Qualifies Aixtron MOCVDs for LED Mass Production

AIXTRON, a worldwide leading provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry, announced today that Epileds, a leading supplier of LED chip products, has qualified the Company’s AIX R6 tool for LED epitaxy mass production.
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2015-04-08

AIXTRON Selects Jordan Valley QC3 for Advanced MOCVD Process Metrology

Jordan Valley, a leading supplier of X-ray based in-line metrology systems for advanced semiconductor manufacturers and equipment suppliers, today announced that it received a strategic order for its QC3 High Resolution X-ray Diffraction (HRXRD) System for strain & thin films metrology from AIXTRON R&D center in the U.S.
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2015-02-02

San’an Opto Board Approves New MOCVD Purchase Methods

San’an Opto’s board recently approved its Xiamen arm’s MOCVD procurement method plans, according to a recent company statement.
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2014-11-10

Aixtron: MOCVD Solutions to Raise LED Production Volume

Levent Touter, Senior Field Marketing Manager of  Aixtron discussed innovative MOCVD solutions and developments at LEDforum 2014, hosted by LEDinside last month in Taipei, Taiwan. The German MOCVD manufacturer's  R&D investment reached nearly US $100 million annually, and has recently sealed a deal with China’s top LED manufacturer San’an Opto to sell 50 MOCVD equipment.
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2014-11-10

Aixtron receives Award of Outstanding Achievement for Global SSL Development

AIXTRON, a worldwide leading provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry, received the “Award of Outstanding Achievement for Global SSL Development” from the International SSL Alliance (ISA) in the context of this years’ China SSL. The ISA jury recognized AIXTRON for its role in providing key foundations for the initiation and growth of the global Solid State Lighting (SSL) industry.
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2014-06-10

Sumitomo to Expand GaN-on-SiC Device Production with AIXTRON System

Sumitomo Electric Device Innovations, Inc. (SEDI), Japan, has ordered an AIXTRON CRIUS MOCVD system to be delivered with 4-inch wafer configuration in order to boost production of gallium nitride on silicon carbide devices for RF data transfer applications. The purchase was made in the first quarter of 2014 for delivery at SEDI’s Electron Devices Division in Yokohama in the third quarter.
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2014-05-28

Plessey Semiconductor Expands GaN-on-Silicon LED Production using AIXTRON Technology

Plessey Semiconductors Ltd today announced that it has purchased another CRIUS II-XL MOCVD system for use in the manufacture of Gallium Nitride LEDs on Silicon wafers (GaN-on-Si). The company is further expanding its production capacities in this area. The Close Coupled Showerhead system recently delivered with a 7x6-inch configuration will supplement an existing production system from AIXTRON.
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2014-05-02

AIXTRON Optimistic as LED Market Growth Drives Consumer Profitability

AIXTRON SE announced revenues of EUR 43.9m for the first quarter of 2014, representing a year-on-year improvement of 9%. Capacity utilization rates at leading LED manufacturers remain at relatively high levels and demand for LEDs continues to be on the rise. Despite this, there was still no noticeable increase in investments in LED manufacturing capacity expansions in Q1/2014. 
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2014-03-18

AIXTRON Launches Operations of Demo Cluster for OLED Production

AIXTRON SE, a leading provider of deposition systems for the semiconductor industry, has launched operations with a new R&D cluster that demonstrates the core processes used to produce organic semiconductors. This enables the various processes for the deposition of organic thin-films which are required for the manufacture of OLEDs and flexible electronics to be demonstrated efficiently and under industrial production conditions.
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2014-03-05

China’s Turbid MOCVD Market Still Lacks International Trust

The Chinese government first began providing LED lighting businesses with subsidies in 2009 which lead to explosive growth within the industry. However, at the time there was a lack in chip manufacturing technology so Metal-organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) units needed to be brought in from abroad. 
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2014-03-04

Aixtron Stock Option Program New Shares to Be Traded Under Separate ISIN

Aixtron, a worldwide leading provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry, has a number of stock option programs in place that grant employees the right to purchase AIXTRON shares under certain conditions. 
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2014-02-26

AIXTRON Announces Further Stabilization of Results

AIXTRON SE today reported revenues of EUR 182.9m (2012: EUR 227.8m) and an EBIT of -95.7m (2012: EUR -132.3m) for the full fiscal year 2013. In the fourth quarter of 2013, revenues were up sequentially to EUR 51.5m (Q3/2013: EUR 46.2m).
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