Indium experts reflect on 80 years of technology innovation and growth
Press release [Monday 17 March 2014]
What does it take to make it to 80 years in an industry where today's technology is obsolete tomorrow? For Indium Corporation, it takes foresight and dedication.
"Indium Corporation has become known for solving challenges that others haven't been able to figure out," said Rick Short, director of marketing communications. "That comes from our curiosity as technologists, and is also a testament to our commitment to achievement."
Dr. William S. Murray - a man dedicated to investigating the uses of indium metal - founded Indium Corporation in 1934.
Since those early days, Indium Corporation has continued to lead and support the advancement of technologies on which we rely today. With more than 750 employees globally, several company technology experts share their reflections on Indium Corporation's impact on the past, as well as future goals.
Senior Product Manager for Semiconductor Assembly Materials Dr. Andy C. Mackie said, "Indium Corporation has always been known for its innovations. Most recently, we've brought to market bismuth-silver-X (BiAgX), a technology that finally provides a long awaited lead-free solution for semiconductor die-attach. In addition, Indium Corporation's no-clean ultra-low residue fluxes, which are designed to be left behind on the surface of the substrate, have allowed semiconductor assemblers to produce reliable low-cost electronics applications."
Director of Compounds and Solar Products Bill Jackson said, "Indium metal has properties that allow for almost endless uses. We've capitalized on this to create custom solutions for some unique manufacturing challenges that no one else has been able to solve. From fire suppression to flat panel displays, Indium Corporation has had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on the way we live."
Senior Product Manager for Engineered Solders Tim Jensen said, "From Formula One race cars to implantable medical devices, failure is not an option. That's why it is critical to offer solder solutions that are reliable through a number of conditions. Part of our success as a company is recognizing this need for reliability and producing products - NanoFoil and other solder solutions - that can stand the rigorous test of end use."
Product Manager for PCB Assembly Solder Paste Glen Thomas said, "Looking ahead, we'll definitely see some unique adaptations of technology. Take, for instance, bendable electronics. Indium-tin-oxide already provides the capability to produce devices that can bend and be rolled up."
Indium Corporation's story begins in 1863 when the element indium is discovered by F. Reich and T. Richter while at the Freiburg School of Mines, Germany. For years, scientists Dr. William S. Murray and Daniel Gray would study the metal in hopes of discovering new ways to process and use this substance. After much trial and error, they succeeded and a number of patents followed, including processes for obtaining indium and zinc, electrodepositing indium, and recovering indium, to name a few.
Today, Indium Corporation is a premier materials manufacturer and supplier to the global electronics, semiconductor, solar, thin-film, and thermal management markets. Its products include solders and fluxes; brazes; thermal interface materials; sputtering targets; indium, gallium, germanium, and tin metals and inorganic compounds; and NanoFoil. Founded in 1934, Indium has global technical support and factories located in China, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the USA.
In the early days of Indium Corporation, technologists work in a lab with the U.S. Army/Navy "E" Award for Manufacturing Excellence hanging behind them.