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Lesker News December 19, 2014


UKTI Export week 10-14 November

November 14, 2014

In conjunction with the 6th UK Trade & Investment Export Week, South East export Chief & MP Lewis Scott visited European Headquarters for a tour of the facility with an insight into European Manufacturing & Engineering capabilities.

On site he met with European Chairman Tim Pearce and MD Adam Bartlett and learned of the KJL European history and its growth in last 25 years.

In terms of growth KJLC Ltd have just celebrated their first £1million day milestone, Lewis was suitably impressed establishing that 80% of turnover is a direct result of export across Europe. Adam states "Exports are of course vital to what we do and we are looking to continue our expansion by further driving our efforts across Europe"

Read the full press release here: Celebrating £1M Day

AVS 61st International Symposium & Exhibition

November 14, 2014

The international AVS being held in Baltimore this week was a very large success. Positive feedback from our customers and potential customers, as well as a buzz surrounding the KJLC booth are great signs. More to follow.

We hope you had a productive and stimulating week filled with discussions and new insights. We were pleased to have Professor Tobin Marks, Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, and Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University Qatar (TAMUQ), present the plenary lecture entitled "New Materials Strategies for Hybrid Electronic Circuitry." Professor Marks' lecture focuses on the challenging design, characterization, and realization of new materials for creating unconventional electronics - and hence touches almost every AVS Division/Group.

Although AVS owes its existence to the development of vacuum science, which originated largely as a result of space exploration, the Society has adapted its mission to remain at the leading edge of science and technology. Where else can you learn about state of the art characterization techniques such as atom probe tomography and synchrotron analysis at the same conference as emergent areas of interface science and device fabrication?

AVS was a success, with many customers visiting KJLC, as well as some very successful dual branding with key partners VAT and UHV Design.

The grand prize winner of a MacBook Pro was Ylje Jang from University of Pennsylvania!

Tim Pearce – European Chairman of KJLC Operation opens Tec 66

October 29, 2014

KJLC Ltd enjoyed an extremely fruitful day at Tec 66, hosted by Sussex Coast College, sponsored by local councils, UK Trade and investment and the Science & Technology Facilities Council.

Tim opened the event with a welcome speech to visitors and exhibitors as conference chair. A wealth of companies exhibited including local cluster vacuum companies, Southern Universities and trade officials.

Tim spoke of the event;

"What an exciting day...!"

The day opened with informative presentations from top Scientists and Business advisers, in conjunction there were individual exhibition stands with an amazing range of vacuum products and services available from East Sussex Companies.

The scientists told us of the latest developments in Space, Organic Electronics, Cryogenics, Photonics and the new 'wonder material' Graphene. The Business presenters covered subjects on how to protect our intellectual property and how to go about securing Grant support. Where else would we find, in one exhibition such a varied, comprehensive and relevant mix of information?

Well done Hastings, well done all the manufacturers and exhibitors and thank you to the local Councils for making this all happen at such an iconic venue.

KJLC Employees Complete Multi Week Vacuum Course

September 16, 2014

A number of employees from European HQ recently experienced the ten week "High Vacuum Technology" as ran by Sussex Coast College in Hastings.

The aim of the course was to enhance the vacuum knowledge of attendees by covering a number of topics including; What is vacuum, vacuum measurement, pumps, materials, systems and applications.

Katie Binns as featured in the article states; "Having been at Lesker’s for two and a half years the course gave us insight into the bigger picture, all factors that are considered in vacuum, i.e design, volumes, distance etc. The course would be ideal for somebody new to the industry without previous product experience".

To find out more by click here: www.sussexcoast.ac.uk/about-us/news/3020-reacting-to-local-engineering-business-demand.html

NCCAVS Sponsored by KJLC is Well Attended

August 21, 2014

Kurt J. Lesker Company® sponsored a Thin Film User Group meeting at SEMI in San Jose that was attended by 70 people. Dave Glocker, from ISOFlux Inc., gave an excellent talk on the uses of inverted cylindrical magnetron sputtering in Biomedical applications. Kurt Lesker IV, Zoran Misetic, Pierre Hraiz and Velibor Mandic were in attendance from KJLC.

List of Speakers:

Dave Glocker, IsoFlux
Biomedical coatings using inverted cylindrical magnetron sputtering

Folarin Erogbobo, San Jose State University
Making quantum dots suitable for clinical translation

James Kashmitter, MicroMetrics, Inc.
MEMS-based stress sensor for human health and performance monitoring

Jeff Sauter, NUTEK Corporation
Sterilization of Biomedical Devices

Jessica Koehne, NASA Ames Research Center
Carbon nanofiber nanoelectrode arrays for biosensing applications

Lunch Sponsored by KJLC @ NCCAVS Thin Film Users Group

August 13, 2014

Free Lunch in San Jose, CA sponsored by the Kurt J. Lesker Company begins at 12:30 PM; Talks beginning at 1 PM on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.
This free seminar focuses on thin film technologies and applications related to Biomedical Applications. The purpose of this seminar is to bring together leading researchers in academia, government, and industry with innovative technologies to nurture a free exchange of triumphs and challenges in the advances in Biomedical Technology applications. For more information please follow this link to the group's website.
Zoran Misitec, 
Kurt J. Lesker Company, zoranm@lesker.com
Michael Oye,  
Advanced Studies Laboratories (ASL) and Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of California Santa Cruz, moye@ucsc.edu
List of Speakers:
Dave Glocker, IsoFlux
Biomedical coatings using inverted cylindrical magnetron sputtering
Folarin Erogbobo, San Jose State University
Making quantum dots suitable for clinical translation
James Kashmitter, MicroMetrics, Inc.
MEMS-based stress sensor for human health and performance monitoring
Jeff Sauter, NUTEK Corporation
Sterilization of Biomedical Devices
Jessica Koehne, NASA Ames Research Center
Carbon nanofiber nanoelectrode arrays for biosensing applications


The European KJLC Team Has Grown!

July 22, 2014

KJLC® European Headquarters is pleased to announce 3 new employees to join their Sales and Manufacturing departments.

Joining manufacturing is Stuart Clark. Stuart has spent the last 4 years working in product support for a nearby Hastings firm TE Connectivity, having gained an ONC in engineering and customer service experience. Stuart is looking forward to strengthening his vacuum product knowledge and is excited by the opportunity of being part of our rapidly growing manufacturing cell in the UK.

Our Sales department will be joined by Fred Hirtz, who will be covering the South of France while Morgane Lepiniec is on maternity leave. Also Piotr Stefaniuk, our new Customer Service Representative will be working alongside our current sales team.

Fred has studied Medical and Social Sciences at Bordeaux University and English at Cambridge University in 2005. Previously Fred has worked in Customer Service and Marketing Support for R&D & Government companies. Having joined our growing sales team he is happy to be part of a successful company.

In the last few years, Piotr (Peter) has been working as Front of House Manager at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings and more recently as an Operations Manager for a national chain of Cinemas. Piotr brings with him a wealth of experience working in the Customer Service industry and is really looking forward to using his experience, together with his self-motivation and hard-work, to help support the European Sales team.

New Multi-Gauge Controller from Kurt J. Lesker Company

July 3, 2014

The Kurt J. Lesker Company® is proud to announce the addition of a new multi-gauge controller to their pressure measurement product line. The MGC4000 multi-gauge controller has the ability to display pressure measurements from up to 10 different vacuum gauges simultaneously. The instrument, able to provide pressure measurements from 1000 Torr to 2x10-11 Torr, can be configured to display up to six gauges in a single screen or any number of gauges can be assigned to various screens for auto scrolling of display. Customers can easily configure the MGC4000 to their exact specifications on our website by specifying the number of gauges, set points, and AI/AO they need. This allows them to only purchase the level of functionality that they need, offering the user low cost of ownership and unparalleled ease of use.

Please see our KJLC Multi-Gauge Controller – MGC4000 page for more information.

Tec 66 – Hastings Vacuum & Technology Industry Cluster 2014

June 18, 2014

Hastings; home to our European Headquarters is pleased to host the annual vacuum cluster event for the second year running.

Yet again Kurt J Lesker Co Ltd will be at the forefront in supporting this event, with a presentation from Tim Pearce on the advances in Organic Electronics, Vacuum Technology and Cryogenics.

This year’s event will take place at Sussex Coast College in Hastings on October 27th and will see not just local vacuum companies but those from across the world.

Based on the success of 2013, we anticipate this event to be even bigger and better, for more information, to visit or exhibit contact: info@tec66.co.uk or visit http://www.tec66.co.uk/about/foreword to find out more!

KJLC Open House at Headquarters

June 11, 2014

On Friday, May 16th, the U.S. headquarters hosted about 20 visitors for our 2014 Open House.  The visitors were customers from the Western Pennsylvania area, as well as a few attendees from the IEEE/ISAF conference, which was held at Penn State University last week.  Our visitors were greeted by our management team and then treated to a lunch and learn session, where J.R. Gaines and Heidi Hince presented a short course on Vacuum Technology.  Following lunch, the visitors got to see various departments and stations in the three buildings in the Jefferson Hills area, including: CMM and the main warehouse in Glassport, our PED systems assembly and testing facility in Clairton, and our inside sales, engineering and machine shop cells in Building 2.  Overall, we felt the day was a big success and hopefully our visitors drove away knowing how we are “Enabling Technology for a Better World.”

KJLC Speaks at ACS Energy Technology Group Talk

April 10, 2014

Tuesday night, the ACS Energy Technology Group welcomed our own JR Gaines to give a talk on the development of thin film, solid-state, and rechargeable batteries. In addition to their extraordinarily small form factor, these micro-batteries demonstrate several great properties including near perfect charge/discharge performance over thousands of cycles, high energy and power densities, and extremely low self-discharge rates. This presentation discussed specific characteristics of these revolutionary batteries, comparisons with competing batteries, the manufacturing process, key players in the industry, and the impact of the micro-battery on future product designs. Barriers to wide-spread commercialization were also discussed as well as the role of the Kurt J. Lesker Company in this emerging industry.

Kurt J. Lesker Company® Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary

April 1, 2014

The Kurt J. Lesker Company® (KJLC®) is proud to announce the celebration of 60 years in business. Our founder, Kurt J. Lesker II, started the Kurt J. Lesker Company on April 1, 1954 in the basement of his home in Pittsburgh, PA. Since then, KJLC has grown from a regional manufacturer and distributor of vacuum components into a worldwide provider of a full range of vacuum parts, products, systems, design technologies, innovative thinking, and responsive customer service. Working with an attentive eye toward quality, environmental stewardship of resources, and customer satisfaction, KJLC serves the research and development market at both the academic and commercial levels, as well as providing vacuum products and services to industry on a global scale. Following our successful expansions into Canada and Europe, KJLC has continued to reach out globally, with the opening of our Shanghai, China office in 2007 and our newest location in Hong Kong. As a leading global provider of high-quality vacuum products and systems, along with an established tradition of service and attention to detail, the Kurt J. Lesker Company has built a reputation for being "A Global Vacuum Supplier."

"We at Kurt J. Lesker Company are thankful for our long history and look forward to bringing vacuum expertise and products to technologists around the globe, helping to enable them to build a better world." – Kurt J. Lesker III, President

Kurt J Lesker Spectros® Powers PV Research

March 27, 2014

Kurt J Lesker Spectros® used to achieve 8.4% conversion in fullerene free organic PV cell. Researchers at IMEC in Leuven, Belgium, have published this breakthrough achievement in nature magazine. Taking organic photovoltaic to the next step. The full story can be found here http://optics.org/news/5/3/18                 

New Innovative Online Vacuum Feedthrough Selection Guide

March 27, 2014

The Kurt J. Lesker Company® has recently launched a brand new Feedthrough Selection Guide on its website. The Selection Guide is a user friendly tool that helps users select the proper feedthrough for their application based on their specific requirements. This visual guide makes selecting the correct power, instrumentation, thermocouple, liquid, gas, liquid nitrogen, ceramic break, or fiber optic feedthrough quick and easy.  Once the desired feedthrough has been defined, that part’s detailed drawing, part number, and price are displayed and the part can be placed into your online shopping cart. Click here to try the new Feedthrough Selection Guide.

Kurt Lesker Trading Company exhibits at SEMICON China 2014

March 26, 2014

Kurt Lesker Trading Company was an exhibitor at SEMICON China 2014, held March 18-20 in Shanghai. SEMICON China is a world-famous semiconductor industry event, serving China's dynamic market and semiconductor manufacturing industry. As one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of vacuum components and systems globally, the Kurt J. Lesker Company showed the company’s new products and technology projects in our booth, attracted many customers from all over the world, and won high acclaim from our peers and other exhibition visitors.

KJLC Announces New European Manufacturing Facility

January 6, 2014

The Kurt J. Lesker Company® today announced their new facility at its European Headquarters for Specialty Manufacturing. This investment will enable the production of Electrical Feedthroughs, Liquid Feedthroughs, and custom components.

KJLC® has successfully manufactured vacuum components at their US headquarters for over 25 years, specialising in the fabrication of stainless steel and aluminum products for vacuum related applications.

The new European facility, or Quick Turn Cell as it will be known, will support the continued production of important components for a growing market. This new addition shows KJL’s dedication for growth in supplying quality products at competitive prices across Europe.

KJLC has built a reputation as a world class manufacturer and distributor of quality vacuum products. KJLC offers its customers: an extensive vacuum product range, unrivalled global inventory, excellent customer service, and outstanding e-commerce solutions.

Founded in 1954, Kurt J Lesker Company has grown into a highly recognised global organisation supporting the high- and ultra high vacuum market. Through their four divisions–Vacuum Mart, Process Equipment, Materials and Manufacturing–KJLC provides the most complete line of products and service solutions in the vacuum industry worldwide. From the simplest components and fittings to intricate vacuum chambers and precision computer-controlled deposition systems, they work closely with customers to devise sound and economical solutions.

KJLC – Advancing the Way in Vacuum Technology

January 2, 2014

Sarah Owen, MP Labour candidate for Hastings & Rye, recently travelled to China on an exchange visit to discuss the growth of vacuum technology in the Hastings & Rother area. Ms. Owen visited two developing cities in Southern China which have recently seen a surge in industrial engineering and high tech manufacturing.

Discussing future global investment and moving forward with the support of R&D establishments Sarah states, “Businesses in Guandong are crying out for the quality that Hastings businesses can offer, as much as we are for high quality jobs.” Home to established names with excellent experience in service, we need to expand on our reputation, not just nationally, but globally.

The recent Tec 66 Exhibition saw a cluster of local high tech manufacturing companies convene to raise awareness of what the town of Hastings has to offer. Sarah aims to attract more international exhibitors in 2014, thus building links and creating an international supply chain.

Kurt J. Lesker Company Ltd has been at the forefront as one of the most recognised companies in Hastings. The European headquarters has been established for over 20 years, having grown into a resilient organisation, with multi-lingual sales staff, experienced designers and high-class engineers. They all strive together to produce high quality vacuum products supported with superior customer service.

For more information on Sarah’s trip, click here.

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