International company expanding Cambridge facility
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.
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.