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09.01.2006
Plan Optik - Going Public


2005 was a successful and eventful year for Plan Optik - the technology leader and one of the biggest producers of wafers from glass, quartz and glass-Si-compounds has doubled its capacity because of a dramatically increasing demand for these products.

In late December, Plan Optik was going public and the success has continued: the result of the great run on Plan Optik shares was a 24 times oversubscription on the approximately 23% of shares being sold before the first trading day on December, 29. The shares are traded at Frankfurt (Open Market, Entry Standard), Munich and Berlin-Bremen stock exchange.

This success is driven by the development of own manufacturing methods e.g. for the polishing of glass wafers. So called MDF (micro damaging free) polished wafers show an impressive surface quality (no sub surface damaging) and are suitable for safety relevant devices such as tyre pressure sensors. No sub-surface-damaging means a dramatically increased yield during etching processes. Additionally the surface roughness is much below 5 Angstrom (0.5 nm) - this makes them suitable for direct bonding.

Plan Optik, a high tech glass processor, existing since 1972 and based in Germany, has focused more and more on MEMS related products from glass or similar materials (mainly borosilicate glass wafers used for wafer level packaging of MEMS). Within the last years, the wafers of Plan Optik set the standard for glass wafers for this still young market.

In the near future the technologies developed and used by Plan Optik will set new standards in consumer electronics - especially for mobile phones and DVD pickup heads of the newest generation.