The main business area of SVSC is the development and production of horizontal furnaces for the semiconductor industry and photovoltaics.
SVSC was established in 2000 with the aim of promoting the re-equipment of the Czech electronics industry. Over time, the company began to work actively in the markets of other countries, in particular, in Russia, where in 2004 the representative office was opened. In addition to Russia and the Czech Republic, SVSC's equipment is in demand and is successfully used in enterprises and research organizations of European countries, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, USA. Currently, SVSC employs about 50 people (including the staff of foreign representations). The company's main office is located in Brno, and production is in Valašské Meziříčy, in Moravia, which is one of the main industrial regions of the Czech Republic. At the SEMIEXPO exhibition, the managing director Jarek Dolak has explained about the solutions offered by the company.
Mr. Dolak, what are the competencies of SVSC? The main business area is the development and production of horizontal furnaces for the semiconductor industry and photovoltaics. We offer SVaFUR atmospheric diffusion furnaces of various capacities, SVcFUR furnaces for chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) and SVpFUR furnaces for PECVD process. Each line of equipment includes both high-performance solutions for industry and systems with advanced parameter settings for the research sector. In addition to supplying our own furnaces, we are also modernizing existing equipment, in particular, installing modern control systems.
The second business area is designing, manufacturing and installation of systems for the ultra high purity gas delivery. We supply enterprises and scientific organizations with gas cabinets, as well as other gas equipment. And, finally, I should say about the new project, which is being implemented jointly with the Korean ISAC Research in the field of development of plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition. We consider it very promising. What provided SVSC with a good reputation and strong positions in the Russian market? Realizing our first projects in the Czech Republic, we have acquired in many ways a unique experience in the modernization of enterprises built in the socialist era, which had outdated infrastructure and equipment. In Russia and Belarus, these competencies turned out to be very much in demand. In particular, we participated in the modernization of Mikron, Angstrem-T, Pulsar. At the same time, a significant factor in our success is our willingness to optimize equipment for the fulfillment of the customer's tasks, which is especially important for research institutions. This ability is based not only on the fact that we, as a small company, can pay more attention to each customer, but also on special technical capabilities. The fact is that we ourselves develop and produce control systems: both hardware modules and software. This provides additional flexibility when performing special projects, for example, we can offer very precise adjustment of one or more process parameters, which is impossible with standard controllers. Another of our advantages is attractive prices for equipment and services with an uncompromising level of quality. And, finally, in negotiations with Russian customers, the fact that the company's management knows the Russian language helps. Does SVSC offer engineering services? Only in the design, assembly and installation of systems for the ultra high purity gas delivery. We started to develop this area to help Russian enterprises upgrade the infrastructure, as either its technical part or the quality of installation did not meet modern requirements. We buy and use the best quality components. Among our partners are AP Tech (pressure regulators, valves, flow sensors and Venturi pumps), Mott Corporation (gas filters), SAES Pure Gas (gas purifiers), Valex (pipes and fittings), Nor-Cal (vacuum chambers and components), Setra (pressure sensors). Our specialists perform the installation of systems in accordance with the standards established by the SEMI Association. What are the tasks of the joint project with ISAC Research? Cooperating with the Czech Academy of Sciences, we have acquired good competence in the field of plasma processes. ISAC Research, in turn, is one of the leading specialists in the field of atomic layer deposition. Our joint work is supported by a state grant within the framework of the Czech-Korean scientific and technical cooperation. The project started in December 2016 is designed for three years, so it is too early to talk about the result, which should be a new modification of the atomic layer deposition. But no doubt that when our company starts to produce equipment for this technology, it will be adapted, including for the tasks of Russian users. Interview: Dmitry Gudilin