SEED FUND II SELLS SHARES IN SEMICONDUCTOR SPECIALIST AIXATECH GMBH - S-UBG
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SEED FUND II SELLS SHARES IN SEMICONDUCTOR SPECIALIST AIXATECH GMBH

SUCCESS STORY: RWTH AACHEN SPIN-OFF IS A GAME CHANGER FOR THE ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING INDUSTRY

The “Seed Fonds II für die Region Aachen GmbH & Co. KG” (Seed Fonds Aachen) = predecessor fund of the TechVision Fund sells its shares in AIXaTECH GmbH together with other shareholders after nine years of investment. The fund had been invested in the Aachen-based company since 2013 and supported the management in setting up its own experimental facility for semiconductor components in Baesweiler and in developing innovative technology in the field of high-performance electronics, among other things.

AIXaTECH, a spin-off from RWTH Aachen University, uses a low-temperature epitaxy process to produce stratigraphic layers for the manufacture of wide-bandgap semiconductors. The single-crystalline layers form the basis for the production of LEDs and high-frequency and high-performance components, which are used in electric vehicles and notebooks, among other things. In 2020, AIXaTECH was selected as one of the top 3 most valuable start-ups in the Chinese start-up competition IPIEC Global.

Potential recognised early on: Technology serves megatrends.

In 2010, AIXaTECH GmbH launched its low-temperature epitaxy process, a technology that reduces the manufacturing effort and production costs of starter layers by up to 80 % compared to previous processes. At the same time, the AIXaTECH technology significantly increased productivity in the subsequent process steps. In the display market and in the fields of high-performance electronics and 5G, the technology has also enabled the realisation of new products such as large-format LEDs and transparent actuators.

“The investment in AIXaTECH at the time was bold and visionary. The technology is DeepTech and has the potential to revolutionise the manufacture of semiconductors. We are very pleased with the team that an investor has now been found who will enter large-scale production with AIXaTECH,” says Dr Ansgar Schleicher, Managing Director of the management company of TechVision Fund I.

With the new European investors, led by AVV Investment GmbH from Austria, a two-digit million sum will be invested in the set-up of serial production in the Rhineland. In the medium term, this should create a high three-digit number of jobs and stimulate structural change in the region. “I am delighted to be working with the founder of the technology, Dr Yilmaz Dikme, to transfer the many years of research work into series production and to give the market sustainable growth impetus with a new technology,” says CEO Dr Volker Sinhoff.