July 5, 2001 — HAMILTON, Scotland — Intense Photonics, an offshoot of the University of Glasgow, has bought DuPont Photomask’s Hamilton facility that feature nearly 4,000 square feet of cleanroom space.
The acquisition of the 17,000 square foot facility will allow optical chip-making company Intense to begin generating revenues by 2002, according to officials. The cost of the deal was not disclosed.
Intense plans to move its semiconductor manufacturing operations to the new facility from its Glasgow laboratories. The plant will reduce the time it takes for the company to introduce chips to the market.
The facility is ideal for our needs”, said David Lockwood, CEO of Intense Photonics. “The quality of the plant, especially the class one clean room and its associated equipment adds greatly to the current infrastructure of Intense Photonics, enabling both development of our opto-electronic process, and manufacturing”.
DuPont began operations in the plant in 1998 to manufacture quartz plates used in semiconductor chips. However, the plant was closed earlier this year
Intense officials say the company will grow from 20 to 50 employees over the next few months, and should reach 80 workers by the end of the year.