Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Plasma-Therm Strengthens Power Electronics Presence with Acquisition of Thin Film Equipment SrL

Plasma-Therm, a prominent manufacturer of plasma-process equipment for the semiconductor industry, has announced its acquisition of Thin Film Equipment SrL (TFE) on September 18, 2023. TFE, based in Binasco, Italy, specializes in supplying sputtering equipment for semiconductor research and production, particularly in physical vapor deposition (PVD) sputtering and evaporation process equipment and high purity materials for thin film applications.

This acquisition is part of Plasma-Therm's strategy to expand its presence in Europe and strengthen its position in the power device market. TFE's suite of PVD tools, catering to MEMS, Power, RFID, and other semiconductor applications, complements Plasma-Therm's existing product portfolio in etch and deposition. Additionally, TFE's expertise in PVD technology enhances Plasma-Therm's customer service and support capabilities.

The power semiconductor market is expected to grow substantially, reaching $6.3 billion by 2027, according to The Yole Group's "Power SiC 2022" report. Plasma-Therm is well-positioned to support this growth with the acquisition of TFE and its MRC Eclipse product line.

TFE will continue to operate independently but will collaborate closely with Plasma-Therm to offer a more comprehensive range of plasma and PVD process technology solutions to customers. This acquisition will also enable both companies to expand their R&D resources and global customer service and support teams.

Plasma-Therm is a global manufacturer of advanced plasma processing equipment, serving various industries, including wireless, power devices, MEMS, photonics, advanced packaging, and data storage. It has locations in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

TFE SrL, founded in 1996, is a leading supplier of sputtering equipment for R&D and production, known for its flexibility, reliability, process knowledge, and a large worldwide installed base.

Source: Plasma-Therm Announces Acquisition of Thin Film Equipment (

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