Amtech Systems Inc., a global supplier of production and automation systems and related supplies for the manufacture of solar cells, semiconductors and silicon wafers, says its Tempress Systems Inc. subsidiary has entered into a research agreement to develop an in-line or conveyor diffusion furnace system for the solar industry.
The research collaboration team consists of Tempress, Solland Solar (a European solar cell producer), the Energy Research Centre of The Netherlands (a solar research center), and a global chemical company.
As part of this research collaboration, Tempress will provide its solar diffusion and conveyor furnace expertise and is expected to retain worldwide manufacturing and marketing rights to the new conveyor furnace.
‘We believe that expanding our product offerings to include in-line diffusion furnace systems along with our proven batch diffusion furnace systems will provide significant additional growth opportunities for us within the rapidly growing solar market,’ comments J.S. Whang, president and CEO of Amtech Systems.