Breakthrough by KIMM in Laser Direct Lithography

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The Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM) under the Ministry of Science and ICT has succeeded in developing 400nm laser direct lithography equipment for the first time in Korea. It is considered as technology that could remarkably improve semiconductor productivity.
KIMM’s research team has developed laser lithography equipment that is able to process the resist coated on a substrate by moving a micro focus of 400nm at a speed of 40mm per second.
Laser lithography is technology developed for creating micro shapes as the resist reacts to light and becomes hardened when a laser beam is focused on the resist on substrate.
The research team has succeeded in creating a very fine focus with a size of 400nm by utilizing a blue-violet laser diode with the wavelength of 405nm, among various other laser beams, to process a substrate.
By using the equipment developed by the research team, a laser focus is able to process a substrate with a thickness of 200mm at a speed of 40mm per second, as if it were sketching on a sheet of drawing paper with a sharp pencil.

Breakthrough by KIMM in Laser Direct Lithography


The team has also devised and applied for a patent on technology that could enlarge the line width by up to 50 times so as to shorten the process time that is extended when a micro-focus is applied onto a wide space.
Nano-scale lithography is considered to be one of the most-important technologies for the next-generation semiconductor lithography process. And most of the commercialized lithography technologies are led by Germany, the Netherlands, and other nations. It is the first time in Korea for the creation of precise patterns of 400mm on planar and non-planar substrates.
When applying the newly developed technology, it is possible not only to create a three-dimensional nano-micro composite structure, which is impossible to create by utilizing the existing lithography technology but also to form a nano-structure on any shape surfaces.
This technology is expected to be used for the production of biosensors, medical devices, micro optical devices and microfluidic channels in the future. Furthermore, it is expected to replace costly foreign-made devices.
 
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Korea’s LS Cable & System Wins Huge Orders for Taiwan’s Submarine Cable Projects

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LS Cable & System has recently received consecutive orders for large-scale submarine cable projects in Taiwan.
The cable provider recently announced that it was selected as a preferred bidder for a project worth KRW 200 billion by CDWE (CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering), an offshore wind-power construction company, and would supply submarine cables to an offshore wind-power complex in Hai Long, Taiwan by 2025.
The company has won all rights to provide high-voltage submarine cables for the Taiwanese offshore wind-power complex project and the total amount of the orders it has received stand at around KRW 800 billion.
The Hai Long offshore wind-power complex is one of the largest in Taiwan. It will be established around 50km away from the Taiwanese western coastal line to generate about 1GW of electricity that is equivalent to the power capacity one nuclear power plant could generate.
The complex is developed jointly by Northland Power from Canada and Yushan Energy from Singapore and CDWE will supply and construct submarine cables and other main materials and facilities.

Korea’s LS Cable & System Wins Huge Orders for Taiwan’s Submarine Cable Projects


As part of the policy to expand new and renewable energy, Taiwan is carrying out the development of offshore wind-power complexes with a total of 15GW capacity by 2035.
The company has decided to focus on winning orders as it expects the additional tenders for submarine cables in Taiwan would be worth over KRW 1 trillion. The experience the company has built up in implementing projects in Taiwan is expected to play a key role in advancing into the North American and Southeast Asian markets, where demand for offshore wind power generation is growing sharply.
“We will take the lead in expanding new and renewable energy business at home and abroad based on the close ties we’ve so far established with global offshore wind power companies in Europe, the North America, Taiwan and other regions,” commented Myeong Noh-hyeon, CEO of LS Cable & System.
“We are pleased to have LS Cable & System as our partner that has sufficient business experience in Taiwan and produces world-leading submarine cables,” remarked Marco Kanaar, General Manager of CDWE project.
 
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Expectation of High Demand for Lightening Materials

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Boosted by rapidly growing eco-friendly vehicle markets

The market is growing exponentially for eco-friendly vehicles including electric vehicles (EVs), and hydrogen vehicles – in line with the expansion of public awareness of the environment due to such factors as COVID-19, and climate change. Therefore, the necessity of light materials used in eco-friendly vehicles is being raised and the demand for such materials in the market is thus expected to increase significantly.

According to the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA), global automobile sales showed a sharply reduced level as of 2020 amidst the ever-highest-level records of EVs. KAMA estimates that the eco-friendly vehicle market will occupy over 20 percent of the entire vehicle market through the expected annual growth of 20~40 percent over the next ten years from now.

Expectation of High Demand for Lightening Materials

The lightening of electric vehicle’s weight is an essential task in the transition toward the eco-friendly era. For electric vehicles, the lightening of body, suspension, etc. is necessary to achieve the anticipated level of mileage efficiency, considering that the vehicles’ entire weight is increased with the battery (400~500kg) and driving motor (approximately 150kg).
The issue of the vehicle’s lightening is largely classified into three sections – structure, construction, and materials. Among them, the lightening of materials is most highly evaluated in the lightening of an electronic vehicle’s total weight.
For this reason, there is expected to be increased demand for new products such as electrical steel plates, high tension steel plates, aluminum, and Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP), all of which have a higher tensile strength compared to the existing products.

Expectation of High Demand for Lightening Materials


In particular, electrical steel plates, which enable the electrical energy to be efficiently used, are being produced to be used in eco-friendly vehicle more than 50 percent among such new products.
In addition, general steel plates, which were being widely utilized in various areas of vehicles – body, chassis, trunk rear, etc., are being replaced with aluminum.


 
 
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Korea claims the largest market for new semiconductor equipment with $17.71 billion in sales

https://korean-machinery.com///inquiryFor the second consecutive year, Korea claimed the largest market for new semiconductor equipment with $17.71 billion in sales, followed by China, rising to become the second largest equipment market for the first time with sales of $13.11 billion and displacing Taiwan, which fell to the third position with sales of $10.17 billion.
Annual spending rates increased for China, Japan, Rest of World (primarily Southeast Asia), Europe, and North America. However, new equipment markets in Taiwan and South Korea contracted. The 2018 equipment market rankings for Japan, North America, Europe, and Rest of World remained unchanged from 2017.
Sales for the global wafer processing equipment market segment rose 15 percent while other front-end segment sales jumped nine percent. Total test equipment sales increased 20 percent as assembly and packaging sales increased two percent.
Compiled from data submitted by members of SEMI and the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ), the Worldwide SEMS Report is a summary of the monthly billings figures for the global semiconductor equipment industry.
Categories cover wafer processing, assembly and packaging, testing, and other front-end equipment. Other front-end includes mask/reticle manufacturing, wafer manufacturing, and fab facilities equipment.
The annual billings data by region in billions of U.S. dollars with year-on-year rates by region are as follows:

 

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Hyundai-Kia Motors Unveiled Solar Charging System Technology

https://korean-machinery.com///inquiryHyundai-Kia Motors heralded the era of the solar charging vehicle and accordingly disclosed the solar charging system technology recently. This is their will to gain an advantage in the competition for eco-friendly vehicles by extending mileage and reducing CO2 generation by commercializing the solar charging system technology using the light of the sun.
The solar charging system is being developed to support the main power. It increases fuel efficiency by charging not only eco-friendly vehicles including electric and hybrid ,but typical motor vehicles. Hyundai-Kia Motors is developing 3 types of the solar charging systems, the 1st generation silicone-type solar roof, the 2nd generation translucent solar roof, and the 3rd body-type light lid.
The 1st generation solar roof to be applied to the hybrid model is a form of installing a mass-production silicone solar battery on the general roof. The 1st generation solar roof system can charge a battery approximately 30~60% a day depending on the weather and usage environment.
The 2nd generation translucent solar roof to be applied to the motor model for the first time in the world is a form of installing a translucent solar battery on the panorama sunroof as it is developed with transparent type and open-and-close type options, unlike the 1st generation solar roof, for customers who want openness.
For example, it is a method of securing transparency through a translucent roof panel and charging an internal battery, or an additional solar battery in a motor vehicle.
Lastly, the 3rd generation body-type light solar lid which is in the process of a precedent study to be applied to the eco-friendly model is a method of composing a solar battery as an all-in-one type on the lid (bonnet) and roof steel plate of the car to maximize output.
The solar charging system consists of a solar panel, a controller, and a battery. In the solar panel, energy is generated as the sunlight is separated into an electron and a positive hole when it contacts the surface of the cell of a solar battery.
When a 100W solar panel is installed, 100W is generated per hour based on 1 Sun (noon in the summer, 1000 W/m2 deposits). In other words, it can store 100Wh energy when exposed to sunlight for 1 hour.
Hyundai-Kia Motor is currently putting spurs to the development of the 1st solar roof to apply it to ecofriendly vehicles to be released after 2019.
The researcher of the Environmental Energy Research Team that developed this technology explained that “it is expected that various energy generating technologies including the solar charging system will be connected to vehicles. Vehicles will be power stations actively generating energy, not machines that are just consuming energy passively. Now, the paradigm of car owners is switching from consumers to energy prosumers.”

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Hyundai-Kia Motors Unveiled Solar Charging System Technology

https://korean-machinery.com///inquiryHyundai-Kia Motors heralded the era of the solar charging vehicle and accordingly disclosed the solar charging system technology recently. This is their will to gain an advantage in the competition for eco-friendly vehicles by extending mileage and reducing CO2 generation by commercializing the solar charging system technology using the light of the sun.
The solar charging system is being developed to support the main power. It increases fuel efficiency by charging not only eco-friendly vehicles including electric and hybrid ,but typical motor vehicles.
Hyundai-Kia Motors is developing 3 types of the solar charging systems, the 1st generation silicone-type solar roof, the 2nd generation translucent solar roof, and the 3rd body-type light lid.
The 1st generation solar roof to be applied to the hybrid model is a form of installing a mass-production silicone solar battery on the general roof. The 1st generation solar roof system can charge a battery approximately 30~60% a day depending on the weather and usage environment.
The 2nd generation translucent solar roof to be applied to the motor model for the first time in the world is a form of installing a translucent solar battery on the panorama sunroof as it is developed with transparent type and open-and-close type options, unlike the 1st generation solar roof, for customers who want openness.
For example, it is a method of securing transparency through a translucent roof panel and charging an internal battery, or an additional solar battery in a motor vehicle.
Lastly, the 3rd generation body-type light solar lid which is in the process of a precedent study to be applied to the eco-friendly model is a method of composing a solar battery as an all-in-one type on the lid
(bonnet) and roof steel plate of the car to maximize output.
The solar charging system consists of a solar panel, a controller, and a battery. In the solar panel, energy is generated as the sunlight is separated into an electron and a positive hole when it contacts the surface of the cell of a solar battery.
When a 100W solar panel is installed, 100W is generated per hour based on 1 Sun (noon in the summer, 1000 W/m2 deposits). In other words, it can store 100Wh energy when exposed to sunlight for 1 hour.
Hyundai-Kia Motor is currently putting spurs to the development of the 1st solar roof to apply it to eco- friendly vehicles to be released after 2019.
The researcher of the Environmental Energy Research Team that developed this technology explained that “it is expected that various energy generating technologies including the solar charging system will be connected to vehicles. Vehicles will be power stations actively generating energy, not machines that are just consuming energy passively. Now, the paradigm of car owners is switching from consumers to energy prosumers.”

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Hyundai Motors Invests Strategically in ‘Migo,’ a U.S. Mobility Service Company

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Establishing a global business belt such as car sharing, car hailing, etc.

 

Hyundai Motor carried out a strategic investment for mutual cooperation with Migo, a mobility-as-a-service company of the United States, and has set the stage for entering the local sharing economy market.
Migo was established in 2016 in Seattle, USA, and unveiled a new concept service of the multiple mobility integration from last year.
The multiple mobility integration means a service connecting optimal car sharing to customers through the smartphone application. In this process, Migo makes a profit by receiving commissions from the sharing company to which it has connected users.
If users enter the destination that they want to go, the Migo application provides diverse information that the users can see at a glance, such as the price of the service, the time required, etc., of various sharing companies. The application helps the users compare and select the company that is most economical and suitable for them.
Related to this, the Migo application provides comparative information on the car hailing companies such as Uber, Lyft, Mytaxi, etc. and bike-sharing companies like LimeBike and Spin, as well as the U.S. car sharing companies including Car2Go, Zipcar, etc. It also supports information on public transit such as buses, subway, etc.
Since launching in Seattle and Portland, Migo has now expanded its service offerings to 75 major cities in the USA, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington and Chicago.
Hyundai Motors plans to acquire know-how on the overall mobility business of the United States with its strategic investment in Migo as a momentum and acquire the competence and technology to lead the future mobility market.
In particular, as the investment in Migo was arranged at a comparatively early stage and Hyundai Motors is the only car manufacturer among the investors, it is expected that the synergy effect following the cooperation between the two companies will be considerable.
Meanwhile, through the partnership with Migo this time, Hyundai Motors has come to build a ‘Mobility Business Belt’ connecting the USA, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
Regarding the European region, Hyundai Motors is conducting a car-sharing business, jointly with Ionic EV in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. As for the Asia-Pacific region, Hyundai Motors has made a preemptive investment in Revv which is an Indian car-sharing firm, Mesh Korea which is a last mile delivery service specialist in Korea, Grab which is Southeast Asia’s largest car-hailing company, Immotor, which is a Chinese battery sharing company for last-mile transport means, and Car Next Door which is an Australian peer-to-peer car-sharing firm.

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The World’s First Byproduct Hydrogen-fueled Power Plant

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South Korea’s Doosan Corp. and Hanwha Energy Corp. will create the world’s first power generator of 50 megawatt fueled by byproduct hydrogen as energy source in Seosan, South Chungcheong Province, in joint venture, as the country seeks energy sources beyond the traditional nuclear and fossil fuels.

 

The 469 billion won ($415.7 million) project recently announced by the two companies will involve building a 50-megawatt byproduct hydrogen fuel cell power plant on a facility site managed by Hanwha Total Petrochemical Co. at Daesan Industrial Complex in Seosan, South Chungcheong Province, by 2020. The two companies will set up a special purpose company called Daesan Green Energy for the project with investment also from Korea East-West Power Corporation and SK Securities Co.
The power plant will be the world’s first of its kind using byproduct hydrogen as fuel, the companies accounced. Byproduct hydrogen fuel cell uses hydrogen created as byproduct in various chemical processes as energy source. Doosan will supply 114 fuel cell units and be responsible for long-term service once the plant is completed. Doosan developed byproduct hydrogen fuel cell units based on home-grown technology last year with plans to supply them to hydrogen power plants starting in the fourth quarter of this year.
Once completed in June 2020, the fuel cell power plant will be capable of producing 400,000 megawatthour electricity annually, which is enough to supply power to about 170,000 households in the Seosan area.
A spokesperson for Doosan said that the latest project is significant in that it is its largest in terms of power capacity since it advanced into fuel cell business. He added that it would also be an opportunity for Korea to gain a technological competitive edge over others and take the lead in the global byproduct hydrogen fuel cell market that is still in its early development stage.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Hanwha Energy, which will own a 49 percent share in Daesan Green Energy, also said that the construction of the latest hydrogen fuel cell power plant will allow it to contribute to expanding Korea’s renewable energy industry and boost the regional economy. It will also strive to launch other renewable energy projects based on its accumulated experience. (Source: KITA)

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Korea’s Consumer Sentiment Chills by Fastest Pace since Impeachment

https://korean-machinery.com///inquiryAccording to data recently released by the Bank of Korea, South Korea’s composite consumer sentiment index (CCSI) for June deteriorated 2.4 percentage points from the May reading to 105.5, lowest since 100.8 in April last year.
The last time consumer sentiment soured so abruptly was in November 2016 following the legislative impeachment on sitting Korean president Park Geun-hye.
The index just managed to stay above the 100-threshold. A number beneath it means consumers are more negative than positive about the economy. After deteriorating for five months in a row, sentiment briefly improved last month amid expectations for eased geopolitical risk and revived inter-Korean economic ventures following the South-North Korea summit.
The indices measuring present sentiment for the economic conditions and outlook for the economy in coming months fell 5 basis points respectively to 84 and 96.
The worsening sentiment, which can further dampspending and domestic demand, and job data, as well as uneasiness on the external front due to escalated trade conflicts among economy majors of the U.S., China, and Europe, will likely to put the Bank of Korea in a greater bind. The bank has stayed pat on its rate at 1.50 percent despite increases in the U.S. Federal Reserve but cannot put off tightening any longer due to widening gap. The survey for this month was conducted from June 11 to June 18 on 2,200 households across the country, of which 1,958 households responded. (Source:KITA)

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Hankook Tire to Take Over ‘Modle Solution’ for KRW68.6 billion

https://korean-machinery.com///inquiryHankook Tire recently announced that they will acquire 75% stakes of ‘Model Solution Ltd.’, an advanced digital prototype solution company, for KRW68.6 billion.
Hankook Tire will incorporate Model Solution into its affiliate by acquiring 75% total of its shares including a 51% stake on ‘Laird,’ a UK electronics company, and a 24% stake on Crescendo Equity Partners, a global private equity firm.
Model Solution, established in 1993, is a company that designs and manufacturers prototypes and molds of new products grafted to cutting-edge technological prowess such as electronic products and medical devices including the state-of the-art IT equipment and, beginning with the prototype solution service in 2007, now has about 420 global clients.
In particular, Model Solutions has cutting-edge technological prowess that can provide services ranging from design to prototype manufacturing, including the best design and execution power in the industry. Based on various attempts at high-tech technology such as 3D printing, the company is also leading the technological expertise of the prototype industry.
This time, the acquisition was carried over as part of strengthening investments in future promising technologies and securing next-generation growth engines through the M&A of the company with state-ofthe- art technology based on connectivity with high technology that Hankook Tire is aiming for.

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