okyo-based Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) says that, by the end of January 2018, it will acquire assets from Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp (NSSMC) and Nippon Steel & Sumikin Materials Co Ltd (NSMAT) concerning the sublimation-recrystallization method for manufacturing silicon carbide (SiC) wafers.
SDK began R&D on SiC epitaxial wafers in 2005, and now produces and sells 3000 epitaxial wafers per month. SDK now aims to improve the quality of its products through the acquisition.
In its ongoing medium-term business plan Project 2020+, SDK is positioning its business to produce and sell SiC epiwafers for power devices as an ‘Advantage-establishing’ business. SDK further aims to strengthen its product development and supply of SiC epiwafers, contributing to the spread of SiC-based power devices.