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Lesker News November 28, 2015


In Memory of Kurt J. Lesker III

October 28, 2015

Kurt John Lesker III, a man who truly loved every moment of life, was surrounded by his children and loving wife when he passed away on October 24th. He died at the age of 66 after a courageous battle with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. A Pittsburgh native, Kurt grew up in Whitehall and graduated from Baldwin High School in 1967. His yearbook has him listed as "handsome and popular"...that never changed. Kurt’s relentless sense of adventure and joy of life was infectious to everyone he knew, and through them his SPIRIT will live on.

Kurt III’s father founded Kurt J. Lesker Company (KJLC), a science based technology and equipment business, in 1954. Kurt III left Rockwell International and joined the company in 1979 as President. Over the past 36 years Kurt’s vision and leadership have been instrumental in expanding KJLC from a regional distributor into an international manufacturer. He opened offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia, which has been key in allowing the company to compete in a global marketplace. As a respected global business leader he was nominated for several entrepreneurship awards and served on a variety of boards. Kurt was extremely proud of his KJLC family for their role in enabling technology for a better world.

Kurt received his BS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University in 1971 and MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 1976. He was a Lieutenant JG in the United States Navy and served on the USS Lowry from 1971-1974, during the Vietnam War. He was also an instrument rated pilot with over 2500 hours, a licensed scuba diver, avid mountaineer and skier, motorcycle enthusiast, and C-licensed soccer coach.

Kurt was the beloved and cherished husband of Cindy Bland Lesker for 42 years, a loving father to Kristin (Joe) Eisel, Kurt IV (Laura) Lesker, Jenna (Nick) Lloyd, fun-loving Pap Pap to Monti, Giavanna, & Brooklyn Eisel, and The Dogfather of Moxie, Bogey, and Charlie. He was the son of the late Kurt Jr. and Virginia Lesker, the brother of Mark (Bonnie) Lesker and Lisa (Michael) Bevenour, and son-in-law of Evelyn and the late Ray Bland. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and incredibly good friends.

ALD for Biomedical Applications

July 27, 2015

NCCAVS Thin Film Users Group announces their next meeting to be held July 30th at the Semi Global Headquarters in San Jose, CA.

This meeting focuses on thin film materials and processing technologies related to Biomedical Applications.

Cindy Meyer-Hunt of the Kurt J. Lesker Company will be presenting her talk, "ALD for Biomedical Applications" at 1:10 p.m. The Kurt J. Lesker Co. is a co-sponsor of this meeting.

Abstract: The unique method of developing a 100% conformal film one atomic layer at a time makes Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) the ideal process for many emerging biomedical applications such as interfacing between implants and the human body to improve abrasion and corrosion resistance as well as friction reduction. The nanometer coating characteristics also prevent cracking of porous structures preventing the formation of detrimental particles inside the body. These thin film coatings can also be used as bacteria resistant surfaces. Various ALD biomedical applications will be touched on briefly in this short session.

Diploma Win In “The Best Innovative Product in High Tec Industry”

July 24, 2015

Kurt J. Lesker Company Ltd is delighted to receive a diploma award for "Newly designed equipment" at the recent Vacuum Tech Expo held in Moscow, Russia.

The award was part of "The Best Innovative Product in High Technology Industry" which saw KJLC winning for their Isoflux Magnetron Sputtering Sources.

Isoflux Inverted magnetrons also known as hollow cathode magnetrons - use cylindrical targets to surround the substrate with coating material - ideal for coating complex 3D shapes, wires and many other substrates.

The cylindrical design results in up four times improved overall system efficiency compared to conventional planar magnetrons.

Kurt J. Lesker Company® work closely with Russian partners Eltech, providing a range of Deposition Systems in the territory supporting customers' needs research and development.

For more information contact us today at saleseu@lesker.com

Welcome Nicholas Luzzietti & Amier Al-Zaky

May 8, 2015

Nicholas joins European Headquarters as Territory Sales Manager for Germany & German speaking countries.

Dr Nicholas Luzzietti, who gained his PhD at TU Dresden has a wealth of technical experience having previously been employed at NanoTemper Technologies as Application Specialist & Sales.

Amier Al-Zaky joins to support Tina Mueller as Territory Sales, gaining experience as a Laboratory and stock manager for a company building circuit boards on behalf of Microsoft, Apple & McLaren. From Germany he studied Business and has lived in the UK for 4 years. Now settled with his wife in East Sussex he is looking forward to doing great things at Kurt J. Lesker Company.

We wish them all every success.

Dr Nicholas Luzzietti

Amier Al-Zaky

Meet Jason Hrebik at SVC TechCon 2015

April 3, 2015

The Kurt J. Lesker Company® is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Hrebik to our Process Equipment Division as a Senior Product Manager. Jason brings with him over 16 years' experience in the vacuum industry and will be primarily responsible for handling deposition sources and power supplies.

"I am very excited to be part of the Kurt J. Lesker team and look forward to the opportunity to use my experience to help continue to grow the company and support the industry." – Jason Hrebik


European Manufacturing Expansion

March 11, 2015

Due to increased demand The Kurt J. Lesker Company® today announced the expansion for speciality manufacturing at its European Headquarters.

Currently the UK operation has seen the production of Electrical Feedthroughs, Liquid Feedthroughs, and custom components.

However further investment will allow KJLC® additional resource creating a dedicated manufacturing team, specialising in stainless steel products. Additional capital equipment will provide the capability to machine a 1mtr³ envelope for vacuum related applications.

This investment will enable KJLC to support the high demand for quality vacuum vessels and components across Europe at competitive pricing and shorter lead times.

KJLC has built a reputation as a world class manufacturer and distributor of quality vacuum products. Offering customer’s an unrivalled global product inventory, excellent customer service, and outstanding e-commerce solutions.

Founded in 1954, Kurt J Lesker Company has grown into a highly recognised global organisation supporting the high and ultra high vacuum market. Serving industries; LED, Optics, UHV/ Synchrotron, Electronics, Decorative Coating and R&D. KJLC provides the most complete line of products and service solutions in the vacuum industry worldwide.

Welcome Edwin Bakker!

January 26, 2015

Edwin Bakker joins the European Headquarters as Territory Sales Manager for the Netherlands and Nordic countries, (Denmark, Norway, Sweden & Finland). KJLC® European Headquarters is pleased to announce 3 new employees to join their Sales and Manufacturing departments.

He joins with a wealth of vacuum experience having previously worked for Agilent Technologies as Sales Manager for 7 years and Pfeiffer Vacuum for 8 years. KJLC® European Headquarters is pleased to announce 3 new employees to join their Sales and Manufacturing departments.

Edwin’s expertise is hardware and pumps, having completed training with the Dutch Vacuum Society at Delft University of Technology. KJLC® European Headquarters is pleased to announce 3 new employees to join their Sales and Manufacturing departments.

As a newly created role, clear evidence of the Lesker expansion across Europe, Edwin is enthused by the wider product range, particularly Materials and Process Equipment Systems and is keen to increase the Lesker brand and grow business throughout his territory! KJLC® European Headquarters is pleased to announce 3 new employees to join their Sales and Manufacturing departments.


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