In­ter­na­tional com­pany ex­pand­ing Cam­bridge fa­cil­ity

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

CAM­BRIDGE — Egide, an in­ter­na­tional group spe­cial­iz­ing in the man­u­fac­ture of her­metic pack­ages for sen­si­tive elec­tronic com­po­nents, an­nounced the ex­pan­sion of its man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Cam­bridge, with a $2.5 mil­lion in­vest­ment in fa­cil­i­ties and equip­ment.

The com­pany, which has been in Dorch­ester County since 2000, cur­rently em­ploy­ees 72 peo­ple in its Cam­bridge fa­cil­ity. As part of the ex­pan­sion, it plans to add to its to­tal num­ber of em­ploy­ees.

Egide’s Cam­bridge fa­cil­ity pro­duces a va­ri­ety of her­metic pack­ages used for aerospace, de­fense and op­to­elec­tronic ap­pli­ca­tions. Egide pro­vides the prod­uct de­sign, en­gi­neer­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and prod­uct sup­port for cus­tomers in the North Amer­i­can mar­ket.

“We are very ex­cited about the in­vest­ment we’ve made in the Cam­bridge fa­cil­ity to better serve the North Amer­i­can de­fense mar­kets and meet our cus­tomer de­mands,” said Egide Chair­man and CEO James F. Collins. “This in­vest­ment sup­ports the goal of be­ing a pre­mier sup­plier to our mar­kets, and in­di­cates to the com­mu­nity in Dorch­ester County that Egide will be lo­cated here for many years to come.”

The ex­pan­sion in­cludes fa­cil­ity and equip­ment to pro­duce High Tem­per­a­ture Co-fired Ce­ramic (HTCC) used in the man­u­fac­ture of spe­cific types of her­metic pack­ages. The ex­pan­sion has been ac­com­plished with the as­sis­tance of a tech­ni­cal team from its Bol­lene, France fa­cil­ity.

The pri­mary func­tion be­ing to trans­fer Egide’s in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty to the new fa­cil­ity. The Cam­bridge fa­cil­ity now will con­tain a 2,000-square foot Class 10,000 clean room for the screen print­ing, via form­ing and lam­i­na­tion pro­cesses. A fur­nace room area has been cre­ated with or­ganic burnout ovens and high tem­per­a­ture at­mo­spheric fur­naces for sin­ter­ing.

In ad­di­tion, an elec­tro­less nickel and gold plat­ing line has been in­stalled in the cur­rent plat­ing shop. As­so­ci­ated equip­ment for ther­mal cy­cling, her­metic­ity test­ing and geo­met­ric tol­er­ance ver­i­fi­ca­tion has been in­stalled in the qual­ity depart­ment.

Now that they are fully op­er­a­tional, the in­vest­ments will make it pos­si­ble for Egide to man­u­fac­ture in the United States, HTCC com­po­nents used for prod­uct sup­plied to mar­kets con­trolled by the In­ter­na­tional Traf­fic in Arms Reg­u­la­tions (ITAR). All per­son­nel work­ing on the pro­ject are U.S. cit­i­zens, and con­trol points re­gard­ing in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty are kept within the U.S. site.

In ad­di­tion to the tech­ni­cal team al­ready in place, the com­pany ex­pects to hire about 20 new as­so­ciates in the com­ing years.

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Egide is an in­ter­na­tional group spe­cial­iz­ing in the man­u­fac­ture of her­metic pack­ages for sen­si­tive elec­tronic com­po­nents. Egide re­cently an­nounced the ex­pan­sion of its Cam­bridge fa­cil­ity.

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