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Calumet Electronics and Schmid Group Collaborate to Establish First-Ever US Advanced Substrate Facility.

Freudenstadt, Germany, February 13, 2024. Calumet Electronics (Calumet), a leading American  printed circuit board manufacturer is pioneering the domestic production of advanced  packaging substrates. The current development and onshoring of this technology are the direct  result of a strategic partnership with Schmid Group (Schmid), a top global solutions provider for  the high-tech electronic, photovoltaics, glass, and energy systems industries. This collaboration  marks a significant step in advancing substrate technology within the United States (US) and  complements the recent government grant awarded to Calumet by the US Department of  Defense under DPA Title III. 

Through this strategic partnership, Calumet and Schmid are working collaboratively to scale  domestic production capacity for advanced substrates. Schmid is providing innovative  equipment, while Calumet is taking the lead in expanding its manufacturing capabilities.  Together, they are aligning their efforts with construction milestones to establish the first-ever  US-based advanced substrate facility. 

Key Highlights: 

  1. Dedicated US-Based Advanced Technologies Facility: Calumet is currently standing up a  60,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art manufacturing facility dedicated to advanced substrate  production. This landmark facility represents a significant milestone as the first of its kind in  the US, poised to advance substrate technology and enhancing the nation’s capabilities in  advanced packaging.  
  2. Enabling Next-Gen Technology: The project will implement cutting-edge process and  production technology, enabling the production of mSAP, SAP and (ET) embedded trace on a single versatile platform. 
  3. Environmental and Fiscal Responsibility: Calumet and Schmid’s R&D teams are  collaborating across enterprises to develop a modular, space-efficient approach that  maximizes environmental conservation, process efficiency, and cost savings while  minimizing costly cleanroom footprints. 
  4. Substantial Capital Investment: The project is projected to attract a total capital investment  of nearly $50 million. This substantial investment underscores the dedication to  strengthening the US supply chain for microelectronics and printed circuit boards. 
  5. Government Support: Calumet received a significant investment from the US Department  of Defense, which awarded them $39.9 million via the DPA Title III Program. This grant  empowers Calumet, in collaboration with Schmid, to enhance manufacturing capabilities  and contribute to national security. 
  6. Workforce Development: The partnership between Calumet and Schmid is driving technological advancements while focusing on upskilling the US workforce. By establishing  advanced packaging and substrate manufacturing within the US, this collaboration creates sustainable jobs and strengthens domestic expertise.

At the forefront of the next-gen technology, advanced packaging and substrates are driving  advancements in miniaturization, integration, performance, thermal management, high  frequency capabilities, speed, and energy efficient components and systems. Engineered to  cater to the specific requirements of high-performance systems, advanced substrates play a  pivotal role in enhancing functionality and efficiency. This is poised to shape the future of  advanced packaging technology in the US, uniting these two industry leaders for this purpose.  

“The partnership between Calumet and Schmid signals a significant leap forward in advanced  packaging and substrate technology, further enhancing the United States’ competitive position  in the global market”, affirmed Stephen Vairo, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Calumet  Electronics.  

Christian Schmid, Schmid Group Chief Executive Officer, added “We are pleased to partner with  Calumet to streamline the traditional lab-to-fab transition, in alignment with our shared  mission as innovators and sustainable partners to the industry. We will create a lighthouse  project in Calumet for the reshoring of technology and production to the US”. 

For more information: www.schmid-group.com;