Setting positive signs in times of Covid-19
EBARA builds overhaul centre for vacuum pumps in Dresden
Dresden, 25 th September, 2020. EBARA Precision Machinery Europe invests approx. 1.6 million Euro in Dresden-Weixdorf in a new centre for the overhaul of vacuum pumps. “In these uncertain times of Covid-19, we want to send a clear and above all positive signal”, says managing director Dr. Reinhart Richter.
The demand is growing
With the construction of a further overhaul centre EBARA follows the market demand. In 1993 the first overhaul centre opened in Livingston, Scotland. To date, around 1,200 pumps per year are overhauled there, both from Ebara own production and other manufacturers. The site is thus operating at full capacity. “To build the second overhaul centre in Dresden was a conscious decision to be able to serve local and European customers even faster. Customer orientation is the top priority in Japanese culture. Dresden is the “Silicon Saxony” and with the overhaul centre we want to provide even more service. Particularly in chip production, the degree of uptime, i.e. the availability of production facilities, is crucial”, emphasises Carsten Muth, Dresden site manager and project manager for the overall project. The overhaul centre is located in Dresden-Weixdorf on an area of 800 square metres. The existing office building was extended by 100 square metres of office space. EBARA invested here in state-of-the-art office equipment including air conditioning. More than 40 people are currently employed at the Dresden site and more are expected to join the team in the coming years. The warehouse for the European market is also located here. Every day a huge number of items – from miniature sensors to vacuum pumps weighing many hundreds of kilos – are shipped from Dresden to many European countries and Israel.
On schedule thanks to local partners
Since the project started at the end of February 2020, construction has been on schedule. Even the restrictions due to the Corona Pandemic have not delayed the schedule; on the contrary: thanks to the good cooperation with and between all trades, the construction is finished earlier than planned! “We deliberately chose local partners in order to implement rapid coordination over short distances and to involve the local handicrafts in the added value,” explains Carsten Muth.
Official opening in spring 2021
If everything continues as planned, the opening of the overhaul centre in Dresden will be celebrated in April 2021. EBARA also expects representatives of the Japanese parent company to attend the celebration.
EBARA Precision Machinery Europe is the European sales and service company of EBARA Corporation with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. The portfolio in Europe includes dry and turbo molecular vacuum pumps, as well as the business with CMP systems for chip manufacturing in semiconductor production and so-called gas abatement systems, e.g. for the chemical industry. EBARA is the second largest player worldwide in the market for vacuum pumps and CMP systems. 80% of the top 20 of the largest chip manufacturers are EBARA customers.