Construction has begun at Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology’s advanced manufacturing facility

Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology, a leading provider of advanced wafer processing solutions for the semiconductor industry, has today broken ground at the site of their 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 the world’s leading 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 4 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 their expertise on Compound Semiconductors (CS) and optimised their robust hardware making it suitable for operation in the semiconductor Fab – delivering critical device performance, yield and cost of ownership to enable their customers to succeed. 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.