The Story So Far
We were honored to be a part of the Rosetta Mission when our client E2V developed the CCD imaging devices on board Rosetta using Compugraphics’ photomasks. Rosetta made history by launching the robot probe “Philae” on to the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko some 310 million miles from earth. The mission, which took over a decade to complete, was declared a success in August 2014.
Los Gatos & Palo Alto consolidated site and moved to a top of the range facility in Fremont, California. The expansion was driven by the acquisition of Suss Microtech’s mask shop (Image Technology) in Palo Alto, which specialized in large area photomasks. The Los Gatos and Palo Alto operations were merged meaning Compugraphics is now positioned to serve the diverging Semiconductor IC, MEMS, Advanced Packaging mask needs all from one upgraded facility in the US.
We acquired ML&C, Jena, Germany giving Compugraphics 14” capabilities and complimenting similar technology nodes to Glenrothes. This acquisition strengthens our position in the European market and allows Compugraphics to provide a higher level of service to our customers.
Compugraphics transition from Rockwood to our present parent company, OM Group. The 1.2 billion USD company works in conjunction with Compugraphics providing investment and support when needed. It is because of this relationship that Compugraphics was able to install an Alta 3900 at our Los Gatos facility.
Compugraphics receive the Supplier Excellence Award from Freescale Semiconductor (twice) and other supplier awards from clients such as: NXP, Analog Devices, Atmel and Intel
Further growth when Compugraphics transitioned to parent company Rockwood allowing us to install our second MEBES 5500 in Los Gatos.
Compugraphics win the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement again, so.. off we went down to London again to receive this esteemed award.
This time we celebrated properly. The whole company got together to pat each other on the back and celebrate our hard work.
In 1997 we acquired Apex Lithography Services Inc, Texas and procured Diamon images, Los Gatos, California the following year. Prior to this expansion our business was limited in the U.S.
With this move , Compugraphics is now global giving the U.S. a strong foothold in the two key markets, North America and Europe.
Compugraphics certified to BS5750 / ISO9002 / EN 29002 standards and our first laser system (core-2564) goes into production.
There is even further growth at the Glenrothes plant when the facility expands into the adjacent site.
Compugraphics win the prestigious Queen’s Award for Export Achievement. We are honoured to receive this prestigious award and even get to shake hands with her Royal Majesty the Queen.
Compugraphics is acquired by Laporte plc UK and receive investment allowing the Glenrothes facility to be refurbished with state-of-the-art cleanroom facilities.
The late 70s/early 80s was a time for expansion in Scotland for Compugraphics. Our Glenrothes facility grew ten thousand square feet in 1979 and expanded by another ten thousand in 1986.
Compugraphics also had our first electron beam system in production (Varian VLS-40) in this time.
Due to the technology boom in 1970 Fife was buzzing with manufacturing facilities supplying to companies like General Instruments. It was an exciting time for technology and Compugraphics make our first photomask.
There were so many Semiconductor manufacturers and their suppliers in the Central Belt of Scotland, from Greenock in the West to Glenrothes in the East, that this area was nicknamed “Silicon Glen”, a play on the famous “Silicon Valley” in California (we have now a facility there too).
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