LPKF receives order from Chinese electronic manufacturer for LDS systems

Garbsen, Germany - LPKF Laser & Electronics AG has received an order worth $2.8 million (€2.5 million) from a Chinese electronic manufacturer for its laser direct structuring (LDS) systems.

This is the first phase of a large-scale order that LPKF was expecting in the fourth quarter of 2014, but which the client postponed. "We are glad that the client decided in favor of placing the order, and expect to be awarded the second phase of the order in the coming months," says Ingo Bretthauer, CEO at LPKF.

With LPKF's LDS systems, circuit pathways can be imprinted directly onto 3D plastic components. This saves on space and weight, making it particularly suited to manufacturing components for small, mobile end devices such as smartphones.

In the LDS patent dispute in China, the Supreme People's Court has released its decision to reject LPKF's appeal to review the case. This means that the LDS patent in China remains invalid. However, outside China, it continues to be valid in all significant markets. "We will continue to build on our LDS business in China, even without the patent. The higher quality and greater cost efficiency of our systems in the production process are the decisive factors here," says Bretthauer.

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