CEO of Mecaro said, "We succeeded because we had Samsung and SK's will to localize materials and components."
"Korea is ahead in DRAM chips. Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix gave a lot of information to them because their arms are bent inside, so development is just a step ahead of them. I got a lot of test opportunities."
Lee Jae-jeong, CEO of the company, made the remarks when asked about the success of localizing heater blocks and precursors. The remarks contrasted with somes criticism that the localization of materials, components and equipment is low as large companies do not give small and medium-sized companies a chance to supply them.
Mecaro will produce and sell functional parts heater blocks that supply thermal energy evenly to silicon wafers, which are semiconductor substrates, and precursors, a chemical used for thin film deposition in semiconductor manufacturing processes.
Since its establishment in 2000, Mecaro has succeeded for the first time in localizing a heater block that used to depend on foreign products for strategies. "At the time, 6-inch metal heater block was too expensive to produce between 20 million won and 30 million won per unit and foreign companies AS was not good, so we started to develop it after disposing of 30-40 products for two years." said CEO Lee.
He stressed that it would not have been possible without customers will to give them 30 to 40 test opportunities. The unit price of the heater block in Mecaro is about 10 million won, more than half the price of imported goods.
Since then, Mecaro has succeeded in making 8-inch and 12-inch products domestically, supplying more than 90 percent of them to Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix. It has maintained its global No. 1 position by supplying more than 40 percent to foreign companies such as the U.S., Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Europe.
The key to Mecaros dominance over Japanese rivals is Koreas competitiveness in DRAM. "Because there are customers who make world-class products next to us, we will constantly improve small defects." said CEO Lee.
Mecaro has also succeeded in localization of precursors. A precursor is a liquid chemical used in thin film deposition in the semiconductor manufacturing process. Mecaro has succeeded in mass production of zirconium-affiliated precursors for the first time in Korea and holds intellectual property rights.
"The precursor is the entire product of a large foreign company, and even in the early stages of its development, it paid the patent fee and made and delivered it," Lee said. "We have set a goal of developing Mecaros precursor material that will be in the history of Korean semiconductor and have been working on R&D for five years," he said. After two years of testing, we succeeded in developing a substance called ZM40, it said. Mecaro currently supplies 50 percent of SK hynixs precursors. Thanks to such enthusiasm, Mecaro, which had only 3.2 billion won in sales in 2006, grew to 10 billion won in sales for the first time in more than a decade.
Research is also essential for localization of semiconductor materials, components and equipment that have been ignited by regulations on exports to Japan. Lee "The current of development is a difficult phase", exclusive localization and ceramic heater Block " such as Samsung, Hynix has realized that Japan is constantly.And I dont have technology in Japan is also raw materials to ask difficult.
"Samsung, Hynix is localized, so I wont dont want to not do it cant come with me because our technology" he said, " From now on, he costs a lot of money and time difficult.For a focused investment and deregulation, not to give up any ceremony because it is urgent, stressed.
Lee also expressed his belief that a pro-Japanese strategy, not anti-Japanese, is needed to localize the plan. "When I was in Solmics in the past, I succeeded in developing a technology that led a retired person to become a consultant and domesticized the material," he said. "In order to quickly localize parts and materials, it is also effective to recruit key engineers Japan to learn the technology."