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More than 30 Years of FHR

OUR ORIGIN

From electrode sputtering to the takeover by the Vital Group – the history of FHR

STARTING OUT WITH THIN FILM TECHNOLOGY IN DRESDEN

Innovation, experience and the courage to change are the drivers of every new technology. When FHR Anlagenbau GmbH was founded, it was Dr. Reinhard Fendler (“F”), Wolfgang Hentsch (“H”) and Christian Ränsch (“R”) who combined their synergies in their respective fields of electrical engineering, physics and mechanical engineering – as well as their many years of experience in the field of thin film technology – to create a common vision: to implement innovative, functional coatings in tailor-made system concepts.

We started out as pioneers in the industry – today, we are The Thin Film Company

As early as the 1980s, the subsequent founders of our company were involved in innovative industrial projects for 

the use of coating and etching technologies in microelectronics. Together, they implemented a wide range of projects, and played a key role in advancing the development of thin film technology for over 20 years.

Prior to this development, it took roughly 120 years following the discovery of the phenomenon of “Sputtering” by William Robert Grove in 1852 for the first atomizing systems for industrial vacuum coatings to be developed and built in Dresden. The technology revolutionized the semiconductor industry in the 1960s and 1970s. It was strongly promoted in Dresden, in particular, thereby laying the foundation for the region’s current development into one of the most important industrial locations in microelectronics. 

OUR HISTORY - FROM VEB ELEKTROMAT TO AN INTERNATIONAL HIGH-TECH COMPANY



2020

FHR becomes 100% daughter company of the Vital Group

2017

Continuation of collaborative research with SERIS in the area of high-quality TCO and contact layers.

2017

Large order from Manz AG to supply inline coating technology for CIGS solar module factories

2017

Delivery of the FHR.Star.600-EOSS precision coating system for large optical substrates, prisms and lenses

2015

Supply of four vertical inline coating systems for metallic and dielectric coatings with fully automatic robot-controlled loading and unloading

2015

Supply of a 1600 mm roll-to-roll sputtering system for optically transparent films (low-E coating)

2013

Delivery of 3rd generation equipment for vacuum coating of solar thermal absorber tubes for CSP power plants

2012

Supply of multiple 1600 mm roll-to-roll sputtering systems and 800 mm roll-to-roll evaporation systems for the production of flexible CIGS-based solar cells

2011

Delivery of the EOSS® sputtering system for precision optical applications to the Fraunhofer IST

2011

Delivery of the world's first production line for roll-to-roll vacuum coating for 300 mm wide organic solar cells to the company Heliatek

2009

Opening of the new office complex and two additional production halls in Ottendorf-Okrilla

2008

Beginning of the delivery of large-area glass coating systems for the photovoltaic industry

2008

FHR becomes a 100% subsidiary of centrotherm photovoltaics AG

2007

Construction and delivery of the first CVD process equipment for atomic layer deposition (ALD) on 300 mm wafers

2003

Development of innovative roll-to-roll system solutions for film coating

2000

Commissioning of the new building at the Ottendorf-Okrilla location

1997

Initial certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001

1996

Construction and delivery of the first RIE plasma etching systems for R&D applications

1996

Beginning of strategic cooperation with leading industrial customers for the development of complex systems

1994

Expansion and extension of manufacturing and bonding technology for large sputtering targets

1993

Relocation of the company headquarters from Dresden to Ottendorf-Okrilla

1992

Development of novel cluster and inline system solutions for vacuum coating

1991

Foundation of the company FHR Anlagenbau GmbH in reunited Germany by three engineers from the former VEB Elektromat in Dresden

1980

Merging of VEB Elektromat Dresden and the Institute for Microelectronics Dresden to form VEB Zentrum für Forschung und Technologie Mikroelektronik (ZFMT)

1975

Development and construction of the first atomization systems for industry-related vacuum coatings in Dresden

1961

Foundation of VEB Elektromat Dresden as a supplier of technological equipment for the production of semiconductor devices

1852

Observation of the phenomenon of electrode sputtering by William R. Grove

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