Update on sapphire crystal grower orders for LED substrate fab

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Thermal Technology’s Model K1 sapphire crystal grower
used for LED substrate production.

February 18, 2011 — Thermal Technology, crystal growth equipment and high-temperature furnace  manufacturer, recently received 59 orders for their Model K1 90kg sapphire crystal grower from customers in Taiwan, Korea and China. In total, these growers will produce 5.2 million two-in-equivalents (TIE) per year.

To satisfy the high demand of the rapidly growing sapphire market, Thermal Technology is shipping systems weekly. "I recently returned from our customer’s site in Taiwan where they ceremoniously unveiled a perfect 90 kg crystal grown in our K1 system," says Matt Mede, Thermal Technology president and CEO, adding that the customer owns 14 K1 systems for LED substrate production.

 No other domestic producer of sapphire crystal growth technology has machines in successful production, according to Mede, citing quality design, crystal size and tool capability. The Model K1 sapphire crystal grower advances beyond the traditional kyropoulos process. It is intended for LED substrate production with short cycle time.

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90 kg sapphire crystal grown in Thermal Technology Model K1 crystal grower.

Thermal Technology designs and manufactures crystal growing systems and high temperature vacuum and controlled atmosphere furnaces for the advanced processing of metals, ceramics, glass and quartz.

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