Raytheon achieves UK first with opening of new silicon carbide foundry
GLENROTHES, Scotland, Jan. 31, 2013
GLENROTHES, Scotland, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon today officially
'opened for business' a new UK-leading silicon carbide manufacturing 'foundry'
facility, developed through several years' research into advanced
manufacturing processes and materials science. The application of silicon
carbide in electronic systems will place the UK in a leading position to
develop next-generation, high-efficiency, smaller, low-weight power conversion
products used in harsh environments across the automotive, aerospace,
geothermal explorations, oil and gas, and clean energy sectors.
The Secretary of State for Scotland, the Rt. Hon. Michael Moore, who opened
the foundry, said: "Today marks an important demonstration of what we can
achieve in the UK through collaboration. The silicon carbide foundry is the
first of its kind in the UK and represents the fusion of Raytheon's investment
in UK manufacturing technology with university expertise, backed by UK
Government funding from the Technology Strategy Board. This scientific and
engineering endeavour born out of Raytheon Glenrothes has placed Scotland in a
unique leadership position globally, enhanced by universities across the UK.
The investment has created a team of world-class engineering specialists
working in the production of silicon carbide devices and systems designed to
operate at high temperatures, specialists who will continue to shape and
influence advanced manufacturing processes and technologies."
Raytheon's ability to process silicon carbide utilises high-temperature
annealing and high-temperature/high-voltage ion implantation. The components
provide unique properties in electronics: silicon carbide has the ability to
operate at higher voltages and greater temperatures than pure silicon, and at
a third of the weight and volume -- improving operational performance and
reducing system operating costs. Raytheon is the first company to have
successfully tested silicon carbide circuit devices at temperatures up to 400
Bob Delorge, chief executive, Raytheon UK, said: "Raytheon's investment in the
foundry coupled with support from the Technology Strategy Board exceeds £3.5
million to date. This places the company at the start of a journey to exploit
new global markets for this cost-efficient material, which is estimated to
bring significant new business to Raytheon in Scotland in the coming years. As
well as employing industry-leading engineers and scientists, we have made
substantial commitments to develop new engineering talent to maintain our
technological edge in high temperature silicon carbide. We are supporting PhD
students and undergraduates, and we are giving apprentices and young graduates
the opportunity to develop their careers in this new and exciting arena of
next-generation semiconductor technology.
"What was previously unachievable is now possible with silicon carbide," he
added, "as it allows for smaller and lighter electronics to operate in harsh
environments, and addresses a real customer need for significant energy
efficiency savings in the manufacture of power switching and rectifying
components (AC/DC converters)."
Ian Watson, director of the aerospace, defence, security and space trade
organisation, ADS Scotland, said: "Today we see Raytheon UK gearing up for
future success -- through investment, collaboration and diversification. At
ADS, we know one of the main challenges industry faces as it looks to the
future is continuing technological discovery to stay ahead of global
competition. To address this challenge, it is vital that industry and academia
work together to advance technology and fully explore commercial applications.
Raytheon's new facility at Glenrothes is a brilliant example of this and shows
the company to be confident not only about its own future, but also the future
of the United Kingdom as a home to market leading innovation.
"This sector with companies such as Raytheon that operate in Scotland
contributes billions in sales, millions in R&D and thousands in jobs. It
demonstrates exactly why aerospace and defence are at the heart of the economy
and why their success is crucial to our overall future economic prospects."
About Raytheon UK Raytheon Glenrothes has more than 500 people employed in
hi-tech engineering-related jobs. Raytheon UK is a subsidiary of Raytheon
Company. It is a prime contractor and major supplier to the UK Ministry of
Defence and has developed strong capabilities in mission systems integration
in defence, national security and commercial markets. Raytheon UK also
designs, develops and manufactures a range of high-technology electronic
systems and software at facilities in Harlow, Glenrothes, Uxbridge, Waddington
About Raytheon Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000
employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in
defence, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world.
With a history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides
state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other
capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control,
communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of mission
support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about
Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon .
Notes to Editors
Raytheon's leadership in silicon carbide is based on research and development
into advanced manufacturing processes and technology. This has been aided by
collaborative partnerships between Raytheon Glenrothes, UK academia and
specific project funding from the UK government's Technology Strategy Board.
The collaboration to date is as follows:
Warwick University Advising on the characterisation of silicon carbide.
University of Strathclyde Funded by the UK government's Technology Strategy
Board, the University of Strathclyde has worked with Raytheon on the High
Temperature Silicon Carbide (HiTSiC) programme.
Newcastle University Newcastle University is actively working as an advisor
to Raytheon on the HiTSiC programme.
Heriot Watt University
Currently working with Raytheon to design and build packaging solutions for
University of Edinburgh The University of Edinburgh worked with Raytheon to
conduct market research on the exploitation of disruptive technologies.
Manchester University Partnered with Raytheon to develop silicon carbide
technology for the Pro Drive initiative.
Technology Strategy Board The Technology Strategy Board is the UK
government's main channel to support business-led technology innovation. Its
role is to stimulate and accelerate technology development and innovation in
the areas which offer the greatest potential for boosting UK growth and
productivity. It delivers a range of grant programmes to support businesses,
including collaborative R&D competitions, Smart and Knowledge Transfer. For
more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/technology-strategy-board
Media Contact Nick West 01895 816207
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