Annual Report 2018

SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES Group business model

The business activities of SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES center on developing, manufacturing, and marketing machinery and equipment in the fields of vacuum coating technology, surface engineering, wet chemistry, and thermal processing technologies. The range of services includes all associated business areas and services – including the various forms of sales financing. The Company operates in the solar, optical disc and semiconductor sales markets. The new fields of activity defined in the previous year, medical technology and consumer goods, are allocated to the segments on the basis of their technical properties. Specifically, as in the previous year, the activities for the medical technology area are grouped under the solar segment and the activities in the consumer goods area are grouped into the optical disc segment.

In the Solar segment, SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES offers machinery and large-scale equipment for manufacturing thin-film solar cells based on copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS), and cadmium telluride (CdTe) and crystalline solar cells with the focus on high-efficiency cells. These consist of vacuum coating equipment, systems for thermal processes, and equipment for wet-chemical processing. The field of activity of crystalline silicon solar cells includes production solutions for high-efficiency solar cell concepts such as HJT (heterojunction), IBC (interdigitated back contact), PERC (passivated emitter rear cell), and PERT (highefficiency passivated emitter, rear totally diffused cell) solar cells. SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES offers complete crystalline silicon solar cell production lines in this market. After the strategic decision to enter the market for medical technology was made in fiscal year 2017, SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES has marketed wet-chemical processing systems. In the future, the portfolio will be expanded for this field of activity to include vacuum coating equipment.

Machinery to produce common optical disc formats (CD, DVD, dual-layer Blu-ray discs and Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs) is offered in the Optical Disc segment. In recent years, the DECOLINE II integrated production line and the POLYCOATER inline vacuum cathode sputtering system were developed for the consumer goods area.

In the Semiconductor segment, SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES sells the TIMARIS and ROTARIS ultra-high-vacuum modular equipment platforms for the deposition of semiconductor wafers with complex functional coatings. The Company markets this equipment for a range of different applications in semiconductor technology.

The Company's entire range of equipment is complemented by a global replacement parts and service business.