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Oxford Instruments Starts Construction Of New Facility


Company breaks ground at site of state-of-the-art 107,660 sq. ft manufacturing facility in Bristol, UK

Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology, a provider of advanced wafer processing solutions, has broken ground at the site of its new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bristol, UK.

The relocation to a new facility is driven by the growing demand for Plasma Technology's solutions from their customers, which include semiconductor device manufacturers and materials research institutions.

Managing director of Plasma Technology, Matt Kelly, comments: “We are thrilled to be moving forward with construction at the new facility and we're excited to see the project progress. Our new building will comprise both a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, as well as advanced research laboratories which will support our leading-edge developments and enable the future innovations of our customers.”

Strong growth in the last four years has seen the company grow to over 400 employees worldwide, with over 300 of these working across the laboratory, office and manufacturing space at the current Plasma Technology UK headquarters in Yatton, near Bristol.

Mark Wright, partner at Trebor Developments, who is managing the project, said: “We are delighted to commence construction of such a prestigious high tech, manufacturing and office facility. The building will comprise 107,660 sq. ft with an extensive additional fit-out.”

For many years, Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology has focused its expertise on Compound Semiconductors (CS) and optimised their robust hardware making it suitable for operation in the semiconductor fab. The markets for CS applications, such as GaN fast chargers and SiC power devices, are showing exciting growth and this success is driving the need for expansion.

The evolution of Plasma Technology into the semiconductor production space, combined with the increased demand for their systems, not only calls for additional space, but also requires a state-of-the-art facility to further enhance their capability as a production supplier.

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