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Kateeva consolidates global HQ and manufacturing operations in new larger Bay Area facility
NEWARK, Calif., July 15, 2015—Kateeva today announced that it has relocated its global headquarters to Newark in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company has completed the move to a 75,342 square foot facility in the East Bay city. With more than twice the square footage of its previous location in Menlo Park, Kateeva has consolidated its business and manufacturing operations under one roof. The move comes as the company ramps up production of the YIELDjet™ platform – a precision deposition technology platform that uses innovative inkjet printing as a manufacturing equipment solution. The new location provides ample capacity to build the complex equipment used by global customers to mass-produce flexible and large-size OLED displays, among other products.The new address is: 7015 Gateway Boulevard, Newark, California 94560.
Also today, Kateeva announced the addition of two new operations experts to drive the company’s manufacturing ramp-up. Shoichi (Sho) Ota joins as Senior Vice President of Operations, and Torsten Borchers joins as Vice President of Manufacturing. Both are veteran executives of the semiconductor equipment industry, making them accomplished builders of the most complex capital equipment in the world.
The move boosts Kateeva’s operations as it shifts fast into volume production, said the company’s President and Co-founder Dr. Conor Madigan. “We’re delighted to have found the right space, and we’ll enjoy being part of the Newark community. Relocations are seldom easy, but we’ve hardly missed a beat as we cater first to customers’ needs. The process was made easier by Sho and Torsten who hit the ground running and embraced their new opportunity with great enthusiasm. We’re already benefiting from their considerable operations expertise. We welcome them to Kateeva, and we look forward to the growth we expect to achieve together.”
About Shoichi (Sho) Ota, Senior Vice President of Operations
Sho joins Kateeva from Bruker Nano Surface where he drove manufacturing engineering processes. Before Bruker, he was at Molecular Imprints leading the company’s manufacturing growth strategy and supply-chain development, as well as production and customer service operations. He spent nearly 20 years at Applied Materials, first as a Manufacturing Manager, then as Chief Engineer & Director of Manufacturing Engineering. In this final role he led manufacturing processes which included new product commercialization, global sourcing, engineering change management, supplier management and quality assurance. He began his career at Japan Energy as a Project Manager and Engineering Supervisor.
Sho holds a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tokyo University, and an M.S. Degree in Engineering Management from Stanford University in California.
About Torsten Borchers, Vice President of Manufacturing
Torsten joins Kateeva from Aixtron where he spent more than a decade, most recently as Director of Engineering. While there, he drove operations, including manufacturing engineering, supply-chain management, quality assurance, and the build and test of the company’s vapor deposition systems. Before Aixtron, he was a Senior Engineering Manager at KLA-Tencor. He also worked at Novellus Systems as a Project Manager/Systems Engineer where he helped develop a production-worthy 300mm Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) TiN system. He began his career at Thermo Finnigan as a Manufacturing Engineer.
Torsten holds a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering (equivalent) from the University of Hannover in Germany, and an M.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in Indiana. He is nearing completion of an M.S. Degree in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University in California.
About Kateeva, Inc.
Kateeva makes breakthrough production equipment for manufacturers of advanced electronics technologies. The company has pioneered a precision deposition technology platform that uses innovative inkjet printing to deposit coatings on complex applications with blinding speed and superb accuracy. Kateeva’s YIELDjet™ manufacturing equipment solution enables cost-effective mass production of OLED displays. Today, the company’s YIELDjet™ FLEX system leads the market for flexible OLED mass production. Kateeva is headquartered in Silicon Valley, maintains operations in Korea, Taiwan, Japan and China, and is backed by leading Venture Capital firms and other investors. www.kateeva.com.
YIELDjet is a trademark of Kateeva, Inc.
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