Orbotech won a major deal in China

7 December, 2016

In a $61 million order, BOE selected Orbotech's advanced inline and offline inspection and testing solutions for its B9 Gen 10.5 fabrication facility in Hefei

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In a $61 million order, BOE selected Orbotech’s advanced inline and offline inspection and testing solutions for its B9 Gen 10.5 fabrication facility in Hefei, Anhui Province, China

Orbotech's AOI Quantum machine
Orbotech’s AOI Quantum machine

Orbotech, an Israeli developer of process innovation technologies, solutions and equipment enabling the transformation of the global electronics manufacturing industry, announced that BOE Technology Group, a major Chinese manufacturer of flat panel displays, has placed an order for Orbotech’s advanced inline and offline inspection and testing solutions for its B9 Gen 10.5 fabrication facility in Hefei, Anhui Province, China. This order, totaling approximately $61 million, is for systems designed to enable BOE to achieve high yield, high throughput, mass production of flat panel displays for very large size televisions, and will be installed during phase I of the facility ramp-up. The order was received in September 2016.

Delivery of this order is scheduled to commence during the second half of 2017. Phase I production is expected to reach 90,000 substrates per month with full-scale production of 120,000 substrates per month projected to be achieved in 2019, during phase II.

As the demand for large LCD TV screens of 55 inches and above is growing rapidly, BOE’s new Gen 10.5 fab is expected to create efficiencies that will further improve panel quality. At 2,940 x 3,370 mm, Gen 10.5 is the largest LCD substrate currently available, enabling high efficiency for 43″ to 75″ screens.

The biggest Chinese deal

“We are honored to have been selected to provide BOE with our field-proven Quantum AOI and ArrayChecker solutions which will help ensure that BOE’s production is optimized for efficiency, flexibility and cost,” said Mr. Gil Oron, Corporate Vice President and President of Orbotech’s FPD Division.  “This transaction represents the largest yield management deal in Orbotech’s history. It builds on more than a decade of close and successful cooperation with BOE, and harnesses our proven track record of over 20 years in providing superior yield enhancement solutions for mass production to the FPD industry.”

Orbotech is active in the Chinese market for over 20 years, and has many fruitful cooperation’s with local companies. China is one of Orbotech’s strategic markets, accounting for more than 30% of the company’s revenues. Furthermore – the company employs hundreds of Chinese workers in various fields such as R&D, support, sales and operations.

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