Founded in 1986, KDF is a leading supplier of both new and remanufactured physical vapor deposition batch inline sputtering tools for the mainstream silicon, emerging materials and flat panel display markets.
KDF services an installed base of over 2,000 systems in the field – over half of the semiconductor fabs in the world use a KDF system in wafer processing.
The worldwide market for batch in-line sputter and etch systems are worth approximately $200-$250 million per year and KDF is currently ranked number four in the market for thin-film physical vapor deposition equipment. Committed to delivering the most advanced and reliable batch in-line sputtering systems at the industry’s lowest cost of ownership, KDF’s tools cover a wide variety of process requirements and can be customized to meet the customer’s needs. KDF vacuum coating systems are used in the production of devices in a variety of markets, including semiconductors, laser diodes, photo masks, telecommunications networks, wireless circuits, sensors, optoelectronics, medical devices, MEMS, MOEMS, flat panel display and gallium arsenide (GaAs), high density interconnect and radio frequency power devices.
In 1998, KDF acquired all Materials Research Corporation (MRC) batch, in-line sputter, and etch system product lines from Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL). Utilizing the production-proven technology of the MRC systems, KDF’s in-line sputtering tools were re-engineered to meet the versatility and high-throughput needs of emerging technologies across multiple markets.
Service and support
KDF services and supports the MRC product line by supplying replacement parts, sputter targets and field service to the systems worldwide with its own employees and factory trained representatives. All resources supporting the sale of the batch systems, including key support personnel, were transferred from TEL to KDF at the time of the acquisition. KDF has over 600 man-years experience working on MRC/KDF batch equipment.
With a staff of scientists and engineers, KDF is able to provide turnkey solutions and processes for the customer. KDF has a full metrology lab in our Rockleigh facility that enables us to provide process development and run samples to prove a given process before the customer even places an order.
KDF In-line Products
January 3rd, 2022
Kurt J. Lesker Company Acquires KDF Electronics & Vacuum Services, Inc.
Pittsburgh, PA – Kurt J. Lesker Company (“KJLC”) today announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of KDF Electronics & Vacuum Services, Inc. (“KDF” or “KDF Technologies, LLC”) through an asset purchase agreement.
KDF Electronics & Vacuum Services, Inc. will become known as KDF Technologies, LLC as of 12/31/2021. KDF will continue to operate independent of KJLC while leveraging some shared services.
Kurt J. Lesker IV, President and CEO of the Kurt J. Lesker Company stated “The acquisition of KDF is a historic step for the Kurt J. Lesker Company. This will allow synergies and technology between the two companies to strengthen the relationships with our customers and further our mission of Enabling Technology for a Better World. KDF and KJLC will continue to provide world class vacuum and thin-film deposition technology and KJLC is excited to move forward with KDF as part of our family.”
Kurt Flechsig, President/CEO and founder at KDF stated “This is a great day for KDF, our employees and our customers. The combination of technological and cultural alignment of the Kurt J. Lesker Company and KDF couldn’t be a better fit. We are looking forward to the future of KDF Technologies, LLC and the new possibilities it brings.”
The agreement is final as of 12/22/2021 with official close date of 12/31/2021.
KDF Electronics & Vacuum Services, Inc. to continue to operate as normal under the name KDF Technologies, LLC
Kurt J. Lesker Company to continue operating and servicing customers as normal
About Kurt J. Lesker Company
Kurt J. Lesker Company® (KJLC®) is the leading global provider of exceptional customer service and high quality vacuum equipment, with a mission of Enabling Technology for a Better World.
Founded in 1954 and Headquartered in Jefferson Hills, PA, KJLC has grown from a regional manufacturer and distributor into a global market leader in vacuum technology products, manufactured goods and thin film deposition equipment. Working with an attentive eye toward quality, environmental stewardship of resources, and customer satisfaction, KJLC serves the research and development market at both the academic and commercial levels, as well as providing vacuum products and services to industry on a global scale.
KJLC is a Small Women Owned Business and the common attribute across the entire company is the relentless and tireless pursuit of quality and customer satisfaction, both in the vacuum products and the services we provide worldwide. Kurt J. Lesker Company works every day to Enable Technology for a Better World.
For more information, visit https://www.lesker.com/
Kurt J. Lesker Company