Wafer dicing saw machine maker SR will focus on expanding its core business going forward, its CEO said.
SR CEO Lee Jang-hee said the company was behind in technology and staff to industry leader Disco of Japan.
Still, the South Korean company will focus on developing products, reacting to customers and expanding its market areas, the CEO said.
SR was founded in 2013 and makes dicing saw machines that are used to cut wafers.
The company has its own software and hardware technologies for the machines.
Saws, depending on the precision required, are used to cut wafers, packaging and glasses in semiconductor production.
Dicing wafers are the most difficult and SR was the first South Korean company to commercialize the technology.
SR has been supplying them to Chinese outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) firm JCET.
Its machine was considered level to counterparts of Disco in repeated precision and unit per hour while being price competitive according to JCET’s assessment, CEO Lee said.
There has been no company so far ahead of Disco in terms of technology and it was miles away for SR to catch up to Disco, Lee admitted.
Disco had long experience and had hundreds of research staff, making SR behind in overall competence, the CEO said.
So SR will continue to develop next-generation saws, focusing on making them smaller, Lee said.
While Disco’s saws are made out of cast iron, SR’s is made of stone.
Stones offer higher durability but the machines are bigger, which SR is trying to make smaller.
SR will also focus on customer service, Lee said. As the technology barrier to making saw machines is high, the previous supplier was negligent in customer requests and after-sales services were not on time, the CEO said.
SR’s philosophy is to manage existing customers over securing new ones because of this, Lee said.
The South Korean company will also focus on supplying its saw machines to different sectors, he said.
It is planning to supply a large number of saws to Samsung Electro-Mechanics to dice camera modules. SR is also supplying Hyundai Motor with microlens array saw machines as a tier-1 vendor. Microlens arrays are used to increase the power efficiency of car lamps and machines to cut these were wholly reliant on European companies.
SR has also finished developing saws for packages as well, CEO Lee noted, and the company will also seek to go public at a later date.