SCHOTT Aims to Enhance Hermetic Packaging Offerings with Acquisition of Primoceler Oy
Based in Finland, Primoceler Oy’s hermetic packaging technology reportedly creates new possibilities for the protection of sensitive electronics in medical implants, microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices and other reliability-critical applications.
SCHOTT AG has entered into an agreement to acquire glass micro-bonding company Primoceler Oy. Based in Finland, Primoceler Oy’s hermetic packaging technology reportedly creates new possibilities for the protection of sensitive electronics in medical implants, microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices and other reliability-critical applications. According to SCHOTT, this acquisition strategically enhances its core competence in the field of hermetic packaging.
The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of 2018, subject to certain customary closing conditions. The parties have agreed to maintain confidentiality regarding the purchase price. Upon finalization of the acquisition, the company will conduct its business activities under the new name SCHOTT Primoceler Oy, based in Tampere, Finland, as part of SCHOTT’s Electronic Packaging division.
Hermetic packaging refers to the sealing of electrical contacts with glass or ceramics. These inorganic and virtually non-aging materials are used as insulators that prevent the intrusion of moisture and other contaminants. The challenge lies in achieving a perfect bond between the electrical metal conductors and glass.
Primoceler has developed a “glass-only” micro-bonding method based on laser technology that can reportedly be completed without any heat or added materials. The bonding process allows for the manufacture of vacuum-tight, ultra-miniature electronic or optical devices with superior reliability. According to the company, glass micro-bonding enables new packaging concepts for devices that demand high reliability, including medical implants, aerospace, automotive, optical devices, and MEMS for the Internet of Things.
“This new partnership with such a global leader positions us excellently to serve our customers around the world and scale up our production,” said Ville Hevonkorpi, CEO of Primoceler Oy. “We already have been in a trustful business relationship with SCHOTT for years and are happy to develop this further.”
Primoceler has been using various glass types and products from SCHOTT, such as HermeS® glass wafers. These substrates come with hermetically sealed miniature connections that go through the glass (also known as “through glass vias,” or TGVs), enabling packaging for micro-sensors and other MEMS.
“With this acquisition, we further strengthen our leading position and advance our growth strategy,” said Peter Kniprath, head of SCHOTT’s Electronic Packaging business unit. “Electronics are entering more and more areas of our daily life. As a part of this, demands for safety and durability have increased. SCHOTT Primoceler Oy will focus on tackling these challenges and working with our customers towards completely new applications.”