Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASYS), a global supplier of production and automation systems and related supplies for the manufacture of solar cells, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in a China-based ion implant technology company located in Shanghai, China. The acquisition is expected to close in February 2011, subject to compliance with formal Hong Kong filing requirements.
Amtech will acquire 55% ownership of Kingstone Technology Hong Kong Limited, a Hong Kong-based holding company that owns 100% of Kingstone Semiconductor Company Ltd, a Shanghai-based technology company specializing in ion implant solutions for the solar and semiconductor industries.
Kingstone’s key developers include five PhDs (earned at top-tier US and UK universities) who bring over 75 years of combined ion implant experience to the development of the solar ion implanter. Prior to founding Kingstone in May 2009, several of Kingstone’s founders, including its CEO, were responsible for successful development and sale of more than ten 300mm ion implant tools to a leading top-tier semiconductor company in Asia.
J.S. Whang, Chief Executive Officer of Amtech, commented, “This acquisition clearly demonstrates our commitment to the successful execution of our strategic goal to become a technology solution provider for our solar customers’ need for higher cell efficiency. With this acquisition, Amtech immediately establishes a technology beachhead in a strategically key region of the world, increases its technology expertise, and lays the foundation for future opportunities for its solar business. We believe this acquisition will complement and protect our core solar diffusion expertise and leadership.
“The intense effort by our customers and the solar industry to increase cell efficiency at lower cost will lead to more complex solar cell architecture in the future, and we believe this market is where an ion implant tool could be successfully adopted. We believe that Amtech’s leadership in solar diffusion, combined with Kingstone’s expertise in ion implant technology, creates the best opportunity for successful development of an ion implant machine for the solar market.”