Empak Inc., a leading supplier and molding manufacturer of semiconductor wafer shippers and advanced processing and shipping cassettes, recently broke ground on a 90,000-square-foot molding facility in Kulim, Malaysia, to serve customers in Asia. The plant is scheduled to be on line sometime by mid-1997. A company spokesman said that no figures have been released as to the cost of the facility.
Empak, headquartered in Chanhassen, Minn., also recently completed the move of its memory products group from Waconia, Minn., to a new, ultra-clean, 60,000-square-foot molding facility in Chanhassen.
Spokesman Kevin Hartman said ``the move will not only ensure a cleaner product but will improve the company's production capability for the very popular 95 millimeter shipping container.''
Empak products are molded from various anti-static, engineering thermoplastic materials, and used by the semiconductor manufacturing industry to process, isolate, ship, store and transport semiconductor wafers, photo masks and substrates.
The company also announced the opening of a new, 15,000-square-foot service center and warehouse in Wilsonville, Ore., near Portland. The Northwest Service Center will provide a distribution point for just-in-time delivery to Empak's customers in the Pacific Northwest's ``Silicon Forest.
Curt Taylor, Northwest regional manager for Empak, said ``the Portland area represents a large share of Empak's domestic market with four major international silicon crystal growers within a 100-mile radius'' of the Wilsonville facility.
Empak has also upgraded its 60,000-square-foot molding facility in Castle Rock, Colo., to provide molding of its products in a contamination-free environment.
The company operates another plant, a 70,000-square-foot facility, in Colorado Springs.
Last month, Empak named Patrick O'Shea as its new president and chief executive officer. O'Shea brings more than 30 years experience in the semi-conductor industry.
The company employs more than 550 at its various manufacturing facilities.