Eindhoven, Netherlands, June 13th, 2021
Nearfield Instruments (NFI) and VDL ETG have signed a
memorandum of understanding to further strengthen their long-term strategic
partnership. The partnership aims to support Nearfield Instruments’ continued
development, delivery, and value engineering of several critical modules for
NFl’s products, starting with the QUADRA product line.
VDL ETG will develop, industrialize and deliver assigned
modules, focusing on performance, production volume increase, lead time
reduction, and value engineering – accordingly with NFl’s product roadmap.
In addition, both companies will cooperate to enable a timely
and reliable production ramp-up of the product lines developed and manufactured
NFI has developed and released its first semiconductor
metrology product based on the revolutionary mechatronics architecture of
HT-SPM. Currently, NFI is preparing for series production.
NFI intends to work with VDL ETG to further industrialize
and value engineer some of its product’s sub-systems through the signed
memorandum. The intention is that VDL ETG will further grow and expand its role
as a qualified mechatronic module/sub-system supplier.
Hamed Sadeghian, CEO of Nearfield Instruments, commented:
“After the successful introduction of the QUADRA product
line and soon the second product line, being subsurface probe metrology, the next
priority and focus are to meet our customers’
demand, with shorter delivery times and higher quality. To achieve this, the
role of our solid strategic supply chain is even more essential than before in
the success of Nearfield Instruments.
Nearfield Instruments and VDL ETG
have been working together closely over an extended period already. I’m glad to
see that VDL ETG, as an established and reputable supplier to the semiconductor
equipment industry, has the commitment and ambition to be the strategic partner
of Nearfield Instruments. This partnership means VDL ETG will help Nearfield Instruments
grow, not only in terms of people and production capacity but also in the
continued development of the critical modules of our systems. We are determined
to continue and elevate our relationship with VDL ETG to this strategic level.”
Geert Jakobs, CEO of VDL ETG commented:
manufacturer with development
capabilities, VDL ETG strongly believes in in–depth cooperation from early-on
in the product development phase up until volume production to get the best
overall results. Therefore, working with an innovative young company like
Nearfield Instruments on novel technology and state-of-the-art products is exciting
for all involved in VDL ETG.
Our experience and industrial setup will support Nearfield Instruments in its
Go-to-Market challenge. We like to be the industrial partner to rely on.”