GT Solar has received an order, from an unnamed manufacturer, for its advanced sapphire crystallization furnaces. The order, which is the fourth of its kind to be received by GT Solar in recent months, is valued at over US$41 million.
“We continue to see interest in our advanced sapphire furnace from new market entrants who are interested in producing sapphire material for high brightness (HB) LED applications,” said Tom Gutierrez, GT Solar’s president and CEO. “Our sapphire crystallization furnace provides a scalable and reliable architecture allowing companies to quickly ramp to volume production to produce low-cost, large area sapphire substrates.”
The furnaces ordered by the new manufacturer will initially produce 85 kilogram boules, however the GT Solar has recently announced that is enhancing the advanced sapphire furnace, increasing the output capacity to 100 kilograms per cycle. This scalability gives customers an upgrade path to higher levels of throughput and productivity and provides a higher return on their investment.