ULVAC Partnership

In January Professor David Lloyd, Vice chancellor hosted a visit by a delegation from ULVAC, led by Mr Setsuo Iwashita, the President and CEO.

ULVAC is a global vacuum technology company with a leading position in advanced materials, deposition, etching, and integrated devices, and an approximate revenue of $2 billion USD per annum.

Building on 10-years of successful research collaboration, ULVAC and the University of South Australia signed a new agreement to establish deeper collaborations across research, infrastructure and education over the coming years.

New opportunities include:

  • Technology and knowledge-transfer workshops, which will be facilitated through the Regional Collaboration Program, led by Associate Professor Craig Priest;
  • Guest lectures delivered by ULVAC staff to UniSA Engineering students;
  • Staff exchange and student co-supervision in collaboration with ULVAC’s Semiconductor and Electronics Technologies Institute, Japan;
  • ULVAC support/co-funding for next-generation NCRIS capital investment, including establishment of a joint laboratory within FII’s ANFF-SA facilities; and
  • ULVAC has agreed to become a partner in the Smart Satellite CRC, currently under consideration for funding by the Commonwealth.

ULVAC’s partnership with UniSA began in 2009, when UniSA purchased ULVAC’s plasma etching equipment as a flagship tool in the ANFF-SA micro/nanofabrication facility.

The new collaborative activities will dovetail with major investment in South Australia in defence, space, medicine and Industry 4.0 precincts, including UniSA’s recently announced $2.0M Industry 4.0 Testlab at Mawson Lakes Campus.

It is anticipated that the UniSA/ULVAC partnership will further expand to include a wider range of activities, over and above the existing investment made by ULVAC into FII facilities and participation in ARC funded research projects.