Bekaert showcases rotatable sputtering technology innovations at SVC Conference and China Glass 2009

Date: 1 May 2009
Source: Duomedia Public Relations
Bekaert confirms leadership and continuous commitment to the glass and PV industry in the US and ChinaDeinze, Belgium – April 30, 2009 – The sputter division of Bekaert Advanced Coatings will be showcasing its most recent rotatable sputtering technology, including the new one-piece AZO (Zinc Oxide doped with Aluminum oxide) rotatable target, both at booth #317/319 at the SVC (Society of Vacuum Coaters) 52nd Annual Technical Conference & Exhibit in Santa Clara, California, US and at booth #298 in hall E4 at the China Glass 2009 show in Shanghai, China. “By attending both the SVC Conference and China Glass 2009, Bekaert underlines its global presence as well as its continuous commitment to the glass and PV industry in the US and China,” comments Mr.

Koen Staelens, Product Market Manager at Bekaert Sputter Products. “We are excited to present our innovations to the US and China audiences and we are convinced that visitors of SVC and China Glass will value the low cost of ownership and excellent performance of our new rotatable sputter solutions,” he adds.

New : one-piece AZO rotatable target

The new AZO rotatable target is the latest member of Bekaert’s extensive range of rotatable sputter targets with materials for the deposition of TCO layers used in photovoltaic cells.

“Bekaert is already a leading provider of rotatable sputter solutions for the automotive and architectural markets,” comments Koen Staelens. “Backed by our intensive R&D efforts, in-depth understanding of customer applications and responsive customer services, we are convinced that our new one-piece AZO rotatable target will create high value for photovoltaic customers as it ensures a more stable process and allows higher power rates.”

By combining rotatable targets with its innovative sputter hardware, Bekaert is able to offer complete solutions for new coating lines as well as retrofit existing PVD sputter lines, by enabling longer production runs, faster coating deposition and higher material utilization.

At the heart of the glass and coating communities

The SVC Exhibit takes places at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, USA, from May 9 to 14, 2009. Bekaert will be present at booth #317/319. The Exhibit is considered to be the ideal platform for companies involved with vacuum coating technology. It is an excellent forum for participants to expand business opportunities, find new contacts and inspiration and learn about new developments, applications and advancements in vacuum coating, surface engineering and related technologies.

The China Glass 2009 event will take place in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, China, from 13 to 16 May 2009. Bekaert will be present at booth #298, hall E4. China Glass will occupy 55,000 square meters on four halls as well as a large exhibiting tent on outdoor ground. The show is expected to attract more than 30,000 professional visitors from over 100 countries, including about 3,000 from countries outside China.

Bekaert contact details

For more information, please contact Mr. Koen Staelens, Product Market Manager Bekaert, at:

+32 (0)9 381 61 94, e-mail: koen.staelens@bekaert.com

Visit the website at http://bac.bekaert.com

About Bekaert

Bekaert (www.bekaert.com) is a global technological leader in its two core competences: advanced metal transformation and advanced materials and coatings, and a market leader in drawn wire products and applications. Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) is a global company with headquarters in Belgium, employing 23 000 people worldwide. Serving customers in 120 countries, Bekaert pursues sustainable profitable growth in all its activities and generates annual combined sales of € 4 billion.

Bekaert works closely with its customers to enable them to upgrade from planar to rotatable technology and offers lower cost of ownership through longer production runs, faster coating deposition and a more complete use of coating material.

Bekaert has built its experience in the sputtering technology field through its own plastic foil coating for window film and industrial applications. Bekaert was the first to bring rotatable targets to market and has successfully partnered with customers to develop the most advanced and complete sputter equipment to effectively use these targets for coating lines worldwide.

Industrial customers who execute a coating process for applications such as architectural and automotive glass (including Low-E and solar control films, and anti-reflective coatings), display glass and photovoltaic glass, can significantly benefit from adopting Bekaert’s sputter solutions and technology. Customers can also rely on Bekaert’s world-class local customer support and leading research and development.

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