Portfolio Companies

Cutting Edge Technologies (Holding Company)

Cutting Wire for Semiconductor Production

Shareholders in Portfolio Company 
RUSNANO, Terwingo

Industry Sector 
Nanomaterials

Production Location 
Lipetsk Oblast
St. Petersburg (R&D center)
Jobs to be created: 90

Investment Started:  2011

Total Budget

7.38  bln rubles
Co-investment by RUSNANO
2.6  bln rubles

Production of ultra tensile strength sawing wire for abrasive cutting of various crystals and hard brittle materials in multi-pass wire cutting equipment

Advanced Wire Technologies (AWT), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cutting Edge Technologies, is a manufacturer of high quality ultra tensile strength sawing wire (diameter 80–140 μm) for abrasive cutting of crystals and hard brittle materials in multi-pass wire cutting equipment.

The innovative technology of plasma surface treatment in the manufacturing process improves wire performance characteristics, enhances quality, and lowers wire conversion costs. As a result, wire breaks occur half as often and the product cost is 20 percent less than wire from the global market leaders. AWT’s manufacturing facility will produce 10,000 tons of superior tensile strength cutting wire annually, allowing it to acquire 6 percent to 7 percent of the estimated $700-million global market (2011 estimate).

AWT will establish an R&D center in St. Petersburg where it will improve the proprietary technology for plasma modification of the wire surface.

Areas of application

  • Solar energy
  • LED manufacturing
  • Microelectronics

Market

  • Producers of solar cells, LEDs, and microelectronics

Competitive advantages

  • Minimal crystal structure distortion while cutting
  • Greater wire durability
  • Lower cost of production