Groundbreaking in Göttingen

Groundbreaking with distance: Jörg Höbeling, Ronge Industriebau; Dr. Gabriele Andretta, Vice President Landtag Lower Saxony; Michael Birlin, Sparkasse Göttingen; Dr. Robert Vollmers, Qioptiq; Thomas Oppermann, Vice President Deutscher Bundestag; Thomas Barnick, DAL Deutsche Anlagen-Leasing; Rolf-Georg Köhler, Lord Mayor City of Göttingen (Source: Excelitas / Beisert)

Excelitas Technologies, a global technology provider for innovative, customized photonic solutions, held a ground-breaking ceremony last month to mark the beginning of construction for a new factory in Göttingen, Germany, for its Qioptiq subsidiary.

Qioptiq will invest about 25 million euros (27 million US dollars) in this expansion of its production capacities. Located in the Göttingen Science Park industrial estate, the new site has an initial acreage of approximately 18,000 m² (193,750 sq. ft.). The facility will house state-of-the-art ISO 5 cleanrooms and production-related offices, as well as the necessary logistics infrastructure.

The building will have a usable area of approximately 6,700 m² (72,000 sq. ft.), including an approximately 1,500 m² (16,000 sq. ft.) cleanroom area. It is scheduled to be operational in July 2021, housing a staff of approximately 100 personnel.

Rendering of the new Qioptiq factory in Göttingen, Germany (Source: Excelitas)

With the inclusion of these new facilities, Qioptiq Göttingen will have cleanroom capacities of around 2,600 m² (28,000 sq. ft.) for the assembly of complex optical systems as well as for coating and other optical production processes. The company had previously made substantial investments in new cleanrooms at its Göttingen Königsallee headquarters in 2012, 2015 and 2017. Once the new production building is completed, the overall production area (production including cleanrooms, laboratories, and storage) will span over 8,000 m² (86,000 sq. ft.).

At the ground-breaking ceremony on May 18, 2020, Dr. Robert Vollmers, Excelitas Vice President Operations, Optics and Managing Director at Qioptiq, said, “The innovative and trailblazing projects we are working on with our customers in the semiconductor industry require maximum cleanliness standards throughout the entire production process. Expanding our cleanroom capacities is an important step into the future for us, as orders and business prospects continue to develop positively – even in these difficult
times.” (Source: Excelitas)

Link: Qioptiq Photonics GmbH & Co. KG – Excelitas facility in Göttingen, Germany; Excelitas Technologies Corp., Waltham, Mass., USA

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