Erik Østreng to lead the new Coating Services business unit
Beneq, the leading global supplier of atomic layer deposition (ALD) equipment and thin film coating services, and world’s premier manufacturer of thin film electroluminescent displays, today announced further investments in ALD coating services and outsourced thin film coating production and the appointment of Erik Østreng as Head of Coating Services.
Coating Services seen as a major growth area
Beneq’s Coating Services business unit offers turnkey production solutions for thin film coatings based on Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) in Beneq’s Espoo factory, the Home of ALD.
The growing interest from the customers towards the outsourcing solutions is now driving further investments in the area. Growth is expected in many industries, from anti-tarnish coatings for silver and anti-corrosion protection of electronic components and machine parts, to optical coatings and moisture barrier solutions for sensitive electronics, such microdisplays and PCB’s.
Combined with Beneq’s Thin Film Development Services that offer outsourced thin film R&D services, the Beneq Coating Services business unit provides a one-stop solution for companies looking for new ways to improve their products with ALD coatings, from the first ALD samples and coating chemistry research to production pilots and full-blown ALD manufacturing.
Erik Østreng appointed Head of Coating Services
Dr. Erik Østreng (33) has been appointed to lead Beneq’s new business unit for coating services. He will be responsible for the business result and development of the Beneq Coating Services business unit in alignment with Beneq’s strategy, with a focus especially on improving the offering of the coating services unit and expanding the outsourced thin film production model to new application areas.
Erik has a PhD from the department of chemistry at University of Oslo and brings with him extensive ALD experience to Beneq. He has worked both in academia and in the ALD industry with a wide range of topics from batteries to microelectronics. Before joining Beneq, Erik worked at Picosun as Director of Applications and Services.
Says Erik: “I see great potential in both the ALD coating business and the thin film coating services. Beneq has a unique facility for such services with over 30 years of ALD production experience and more ALD equipment than I have ever seen anywhere under one roof. I am really looking forward to taking the Beneq Coating Services business to the next level.”
The Fastest way to market with a new thin film coating solution
The Beneq services team already have many success stories with companies in a variety of markets, from defense and aerospace to medical and consumer applications. The outsourced production model offers customers a great way to explore the high-performance ALD technology and thin film coatings with a low threshold and limited risk.
The fastest way to full-blown production is to outsource the whole production of thin films to Beneq Coating Services. This is the ideal way to start if the customer wants to get the best available conformal coating as fast as possible and start industrial ALD production without initial capital investments. For customers who want to buy their own ALD equipment, the Beneq Coating Services unit offers the possibility to pilot production at the Beneq ALD factory during equipment deliveries.
“We have already proven that the outsourced ALD production model works and the feedback from our coating services customers about our services has been excellent. We see growth opportunities in many industries for ALD coatings that protect from moisture, tarnishing and corrosion. Erik’s deep understanding of the thin film industry and ALD coatings, and his customer-driven and analytic way of thinking are ideally suited to drive our coating services business forward,” says Tommi Vainio, Vice President, Thin Film Solutions from Beneq.