Germany’s Sicoya builds Chinese photonics factory

Created March 14, 2019
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Sicoya GmbH, a player in monolithically integrated silicon photonics, is building a new factory in China for assembling and testing optical transceivers and engines.

The factory installation includes anti-vibration foundations and clean room facilities that will allow the factory to perform CMOS wafer level post processing steps and downstream packaging processes.

 Sicoya develops integrated silicon photonic solutions which blend traditional CMOS processing and optical components in a single chip.

 The operations, located in Tianjin, will serve the Chinese market and will manufacture transceivers and engines for 5G wireless fronthaul and 100G/400G Ethernet-based data centre applications, utilising Sicoya’s monolithically integrated silicon photonic chips.

 The company says double-digit compound growth of the optoelectronic market in China “remains stable” with revenues of some of the data centre equipment suppliers in China growing 50-100% in 2018, and that domestic 5G deployments will generate “large contracts” for Chinese equipment suppliers.

 “The Chinese market is very important for Sicoya and customers require local manufacturing and services at scale,” said Sven Otte, CEO of Sicoya.

 International customers in the US or Europe will be served out of both the factory in Tianjin and by the company’s factory in Berlin, Germany. “We need to stay flexible with respect to the installed capacity of the two factories,” said Peter Neumann, VP of operations at Sicoya.

 “In the past, the industry tended to consolidate operations in one place to gain scale and utilisation of overhead costs, but today, staying flexible and being able to react quickly to changes in the political environment becomes a key asset that customers appreciate,” he said.


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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation