Atotech and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Announce Business Partnership


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Atotech, a leading specialty chemical technology company and market leader in advanced electroplating solutions, and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), an industry leader in the design and manufacture of digital products and systems that protect , control and automate electrical power systems, announced that they will partner with SEL’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility being built in Idaho, USA.

SEL will utilize Atotech’s innovative Uniplate equipment technology in its new 162,000 square foot facility which will serve as the headquarters for SEL’s printed circuit board manufacturing operation. The Uniplate family of equipment is the industry standard for horizontal in-line printed circuit board processes, from cleaning and metallization to flash copper plating. The lines are expected to be commissioned in 2022.

John Hendrickson, Senior Director of Engineering at SEL, who will oversee SEL’s new operation, said: “As we begin to manufacture our own printed circuit boards, we are committed to building the PCB manufacturing facility the most modern, most environmentally friendly and safest in the United States. . Atotech is a leader in its field and the right partner for us. Their horizontal plating technology offers a simple approach to automation with a focus on reducing chemical usage. This will help us achieve our water recycling goals.

Atotech’s significant investment in environmentally friendly solutions benefits customers’ products and their production processes. These solutions reduce the production of water, chemicals, energy and waste, while reducing costs and meeting customer expectations for future PCB manufacturing.

“We are excited to work with SEL to meet their needs in Idaho,” said Harald Ahnert, President of Electronics Segment at Atotech. “The equipment selected by SEL combines years of Atotech’s engineering leadership for horizontal production equipment. The Uniplate® family brings a highly automated and environmentally friendly approach to PCB manufacturing.

SEL previously announced that local in-house production of the PCBs used in its digital products will give the company more freedom to experiment and innovate. It will also increase supply chain security and produce higher quality products.


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