Praxair invests in solar target capability


Praxair Electronics has proved it is committed to serving the photovoltaic PVD market, after making substantial investments.

The company, a division of Praxair, Inc., has made investments totaling $15m during the past year, in order to increase production capacity of tubular targets.

The investments have come in several forms, including a recent acquisition of Senvac Thin Film Technologies in Frankfurt, Germany, a company which specialises in the bonding of tubular targets; automation of the tubular bonding process in Frankfurt; and an advanced ceramic development and pilot facility in Tonawanda N.Y. for development of AZO tubes.

“We are using our experience and expertise in the semiconductor market as a foundation for growth in PV target markets,” said David P. Strauss, Managing Director of Praxair Electronics’ deposition materials business.

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