Experienced top manager Brian Zumbolo is the new President of the US plant of Schreiner Group (Oberschleißheim, Germany) in Blauvelt near New York. The Schreiner Group LP branch has been in existence since 2008. More than 80 employees now produce high-tech products for the entire North American market. The position had become vacant because the previous US manager, Gene Dul, has retired after 15 successful years.


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Brewer Science (Rolla, Missouri), a global leader in developing and manufacturing next-generation materials and products for the semiconductor industry, has celebrated the expansion of its Vichy Manufacturing Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. This momentous occasion is reported to mark a significant step forward in supporting the exponential growth projected for the semiconductor industry in the coming decade. The expansion of the Vichy Manufacturing Center, a substantial 50% increase in footprint, will be utilised for increased advanced manufacturing capacity, as well as expanded packaging and warehousing capabilities.



Imec (Leuven, Belgium), a world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, presents the successful integration of a pinned photodiode structure in thin-film image sensors. With the addition of a pinned-photogate and a transfer gate, the superior absorption qualities of thin-film imagers – beyond one µm wavelength – can finally be exploited, unlocking the potential of sensing light beyond the visible in a cost-efficient way.


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The processing of ultra-thin glass requires specialised handling to avoid glass breakage during production. Until now, this has been a major obstacle for the entry of this innovative material into new applications. Therefore, a unique process chain for ultra-thin glass processing has been implemented at Fraunhofer FEP (Dresden, Germany): starting with adapted cleaning processes up to the final inspection. The results have been funded within the project CUSTOM (grant no. AiF 21708 BR) by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection BMWK and the project Glass4Flex (grant no. 13N14615) funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF.


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New technologies such as augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing are rapidly opening up opportunities for entirely new business models and the future of work in industry. However, internet-based services also bring additional challenges in terms of data security and user acceptance. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding various interdisciplinary projects. At the closing conference, the joint project "secureAR" won the Technology Award with its open, cloud-based service platform and a new AR assistance system equipped with OLED microdisplays from Fraunhofer FEP (Dresden, Germany).