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Lesker News October 21, 2016


New European Hires

December 14, 2012

KJLC European Headquarters are pleased to announce 5 new members of staff who have joined the expanding team based in Hastings.

Anna Ralowska and Juriy Korchev join as Internal Sales members covering Eastern Europe. Juriy joins KJLC with an extensive range of sales experience having worked as a sales manager for many leading companies in Latvia. With his knowledge of the Russian language he is keen to develop our presence within a growing market. Anna has worked in sales since graduating with a Masters 4 years ago. Originally from Poland she has lived in the UK for the last 8 years, with her excellent communication skills she will be a beneficial asset to the Eastern Europe team.

Andy Taylor joins the team as External Sales Manager for Northern UK, with his previous Vacuum experience he states “Coming to Lesker’s will be a new challenge, Lesker’s have a great team and vision of which I am proud to be involved with”

We welcome Tracey Love, new Quality Manager her experience in vacuum deposition and space imagery will be a great advantage in enhancing Quality improvements for KJLC she is keen to apply her previous manufacturing business development skills within the company.

To conclude Paul Kennard joins the Manufacturing Division as product specialist, with over 25 years in the Vacuum industry, his product and design skills will be invaluable in promoting manufacturing services to current and potential customers.

We wish you all every success at Kurt J Lesker Company.

Presentation at the AVS-59 Exhibitor Spotlight

December 4, 2012

Kurt J. Lesker’s Sean Armstrong presented a talk entitled, "New Developments in Thin Film Deposition from the Kurt J. Lesker Company" at the 59th AVS Symposium in Tampa, FL. In his speech, Sean explained two new Kurt J. Lesker deposition system platforms-the Isoflux Inverted Cylindrical Magnetron and the Filtered Pulsed Cathodic Arc. KJLC® has a worldwide license for Isoflux’s patented Inverted Cylindrical Magnetron technology which is ideal for coating 3-dimensional parts as well as fibers and wires. Furthermore, KJLC® has licensed Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s patented Pulsed Filtered Cathodic Arc technology which enables droplet and pinhole free coatings as compared to traditional cathodic arc.

In addition to the two new system platforms, Kurt J. Lesker Company has several projects in its R&D queue including Insitu-Tilt, Water cooled LTE, and HERO-Sputtering. Insitu-Tilt enables automated recipe controlled tilt and Z height adjustment of a TORUS® magnetron without breaking the vacuum envelope. The water cooled LTE evaporation source is designed for those depositing low temperature materials, such as small molecules for organic electronics. The water cooled LTE source enables faster cooling to a material reload temperature, saving over 2-4 hours as compared to a standard LTE source. Finally, Mr. Armstrong introduced Kurt J. Lesker’s new HERO Sputtering technology, which enables customers to quickly coat highly uniform films (< ±2% film uniformity) over a large, 8" diameter substrate, using small (1-2") TORUS cathodes.

Kurt J. Lesker Company Expanding UK Operations

December 3, 2012

The Kurt J. Lesker Company has been highlighted by the Pittsburgh Business Times for its planned expansion in the United Kingdom.  KJLC will be adding to its operations with the acquisition of a second building in the Hastings area that will be used as both a European Distribution Center as well as expanding its manufacturing capabilities in the UK.  The facility is located minutes from KJLC's other location in Hastings and boasts approximately 40,000 square feet of warehouse space, offices, and manufacturing areas.

More information about the opening of the new facility will be available after move in, but to read more please see the article in The Pittsburgh Business Times located here.

KJLC Sponsers TEDxShanghaiWomen

December 1, 2012

On December 1, 2012 Kurt J. Lesker Company sponsored the TEDxShanghaiWomen event in Shanghai, China.  TED is a world renowned organization that promotes sharing “ideas worth spreading”.  The sold out event theme was Navigating The Space Between Cultures and featured five dynamic speakers as well as a live stream to the Global TEDxWomen event in Washington DC.

Kurt J. Lesker Company is a global provider of scientific vacuum equipment.  Our mission is to Enable Technology for a Better World.  In carrying out this mission we strive to advance society through technology innovations and global cultural awareness.  We are a strong supporter of equal opportunity for all and were proud to sponsor the TEDxShanghaiWomen event.

Event website: www.tedxshanghaiwomen.com

Kurt J. Lesker Company® to Manufacture Isoflux Incorporated Inverted Cylindrical Magnetrons

November 2, 2012

Kurt Lesker Company enters into a worldwide, exclusive licensing agreement with Isoflux Incorporated, whereby KJLC® will manufacture and market Isoflux’s revolutionary and patented inverted cylindrical magnetron sputtering sources. Lesker will also develop a systems product line based on Isoflux technology.

“We are proud to align ourselves with an innovative, technology driven company like Isoflux. Dave Glocker and his team are highly respected in the vacuum coating community and are a perfect match for us. The Isoflux product successfully addresses a critical niche in thin films and it is a great complement to the rest of our product portfolio,” says Duane Bingaman, Vice President of KJLC’s Process Equipment Division™.

Dr. Glocker, Founder and CEO of Isoflux adds, “Thin film coatings are a big part of our everyday lives. Lesker is a customer oriented manufacturer and a clear leader in the global vacuum coating and thin film market. This partnership will truly allow Isoflux to focus on further development of PVD technology and to help our customers find new and exciting ways to take advantage of this wonderful technology.”

About Isoflux – Established in 1993 Isoflux is based in Rochester, NY, holds several patents relating to magnetron sputtering and related processes and provides process development services, contract coating services, and sputtering equipment.

Fall Cleanup at KJLC

October 11, 2012

More than 35 employees of the Kurt J. Lesker Company participated in this year's Fall Cleanup on October 11th. Volunteers removed 467 lbs of trash from the grounds of the two Clairton buildings, the building in Glassport and from the entire 2.5 miles of the Clairton section of the nearby Montour Trail. We are committed to making the world a better, greener place for this and every generation to come. We will do this through our products, people and practices.

The Kurt J. Lesker Company introduces Chamber Builder™

September 27, 2012

The Kurt J. Lesker Company® introduces Chamber Builder™, a new advance in designing and ordering custom vacuum chambers. Combined with VacuCADSM, KJLC’s online drawing service, the Chamber Builder program allows a customer to take a standard KJLC chamber, customize it to fit their application and generate a 3D model in both PDF and STP formats.

It is possible to add up to 20 ports per chamber with KF, ISO and ConFlat vacuum flanges available. If there is interference between port positions, the software will inform the user and allow reconfiguration. A 3D PDF drawing is generated online, followed by an email with an STP model file and a price quotation.

Find the Lesker Chamber Builder here!

PA State Representative Rick Saccone visits the Kurt J. Lesker Company

August 20, 2012

On Monday, August 20, 2012 Pennsylvania State Representative Rick Saccone visited Kurt J. Lesker Company. The goal of his visit was to learn more about Kurt J. Lesker Company and understand how our state government can support business growth and job creation. During his visit Representative Saccone met with our workforce while he toured all three of our facilities in Clairton, PA and Glassport, PA. All in all it was a productive visit and we felt that Representative Saccone came away with a new understanding and appreciation for the work that goes on at the Kurt J. Lesker Company.

KJLC Supports Wounded Warrior Project Benefit Ride

August 19, 2012

On Sunday, August 19, 2012 the Kurt J. Lesker Company teamed up with the American Legion Riders to support the Wounded Warrior Project. The Bike run incorporated around 70 motorcycles and over 150 participants. The event started at Kurt J. Lesker Company in Jefferson Hills, PA where Kurt J. Lesker III was inducted as an official American Legion Rider. At 10:00 am kickstands were up and Jefferson Hills Police escorted the bikers in the beginning of their 70 mile ride to Shanksville, PA where they paid respects to the brave flight crew and passengers on flight 93. Participants ended the day at South Park for good food and good fun! Many different local Company’s sponsored this event including one of our favorite caterers in town “Cyd West Comfort Catering”.

Thank you to all of the employees who participated in this event and supported our Veterans!


KJLC Rows the Heinz Challenge 2012

July 28, 2012

The KJLC Rowing Team made another good showing in the 2012 Heinz challenge on Saturday, July 28th 2012. Congratulations to the Kurt Lesker Crew team who successfully competed in a 750 meter dash scrimmage at the Heinz Challenge in 3:54:2. Our team was comprised of (from the back of the shell to the front) Nicky (our coxswain), Sandy Allen, Ruth Trok, Aaron Bryan, Ben Doerfler, Mike Kelley, Mike Sadusky, Dan Rogan and Paul Francois. A heartfelt thank you goes out to their fans and the company for their continued support as they prepare for the Head of the Ohio on October 6th 2012.

Kurt J. Lesker Company Wins Several Awards

July 20, 2012

The Kurt J Lesker Company European Headquarters is currently celebrating after winning highly commended awards for “Investors in Training” and “Business of the Year” as well as the prestigious award won by Tim Pearce – Chairman for “Outstanding Achievement award.”

This high-caliber event organized by the 1066 Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by HSBC bank, was attended by over 250 people in support and recognition of businesses local to Hastings.

KJLC Ltd is proud to have been recognized for their training and business achievements however having Tim Pearce succeed in the top award of the night for his outstanding working accomplishment in Hastings for the last 30 years was an enormous triumph!

From Tim Pearce:-

"It is crucial that we are more than just a local business for the town.  75% of our business is from the European Market, by which we build specialist equipment for our US and Chinese sister companies.  We are very proud to bring something to the town, our accolade for Investment in Training is of enormous importance to us and for Business of the Year must mean we must be doing something right!"

The European headquarters began life in Hastings by Tim Pearce, distributing products from his family home which he quickly outgrew and set up premises on Ivyhouse Lane. That was back in 1991, and in 2008 the company moved again to its current location on Burgess Road. 

These are exciting times for Kurt J Lesker with many worldwide scientific developments, business is on the up and Kurt J Lesker Company is rapidly growing. 

Kurt J. Lesker LTD. Featured in Financial Times Article

July 11, 2012

The Kurt J. Lesker Company was featured in the Financial Times recently as a premier business in the Hastings area. The article also mentions KJLC's support in the research of the Higgs boson particle. To read the article on FT's website please visit this link.

KJLC Walkers Raise Money for Autism Speaks

June 12, 2012

Kurt J. Lesker Company employees joined thousands of others at Heinz Field for the Autism Speaks walk on Saturday.  Thank you to all of our employee’s, friends, and families that walked and donated to Autism Speaks.  The Kurt J. Lesker Company team donated over $7,500, and the Pittsburgh walk donated over $540,000 to support local, national and international, programs and research and development www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/pittsburgh/lesker.  KJLC was in the top 15 fundraising teams for 2012 and was the newest top fundraising team, great job!  Thank you for supporting those individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.  For more information about ASD you can visit www.autismspeaks.org

Join us at our next event, a motorcycle ride to the Flight 93 Memorial on Sunday, August 19, 2012.  We will be teaming up with the American Legion Riders to support the Wounded Warriors Foundation.   We look forward to seeing you there!

Salahud Din Achieves a PHD in Organic Thin Film & Electronic Devices

June 11, 2012

After years of challenging study in the field of Nanotechnology at Imperial College London (UK), we are pleased to announce that Din successfully passed his PHD in development of Thin Films for organic Electronic Devices.  

Through the backing of Lesker’s from the outset with the EPSRC Case Award (Industrial CASE funding for PhD students) we have seen Din continue to grow and develop his knowledge in Thin Film processing which we feel is invaluable to Kurt J Lesker.

His current role as R&D Engineer entails supporting our R&D customers, with his system knowledge assisting the team out in the field and developing our systems further to be one step ahead in the thin film industry.  

Along with his PhD Din holds a Master’s in Nanotechnology and a Bachelor’s in Electronics’, consequently a huge asset to the Kurt J Lesker team who we congratulate enormously for his achievements.

Din would also like to take this opportunity to thank Kurt J Lesker for their continued support during his PhD.

New European Sales Staff Member

June 8, 2012

Kurt J. Lesker Ltd. is pleased to announce that Farah Cockerill has been given responsibility for our Iberian Customer base. Farah will be the main contact for our Spanish and Portuguese customers based in our European HQ in Hastings.

Originally from Morocco, Farah studied Advertising and PR then moved to Spain for 8 years where she achieved a degree in Tourism whilst working in hotel and leisure sales.

She has lived in the UK for the past 3 years with a young family, and has joined KJLC to further develop her career; using her multi-national sales skills in our ever growing global organisation. 

We are pleased to have Farah as part of the team and wish her every success at Kurt J. Lesker Ltd.

KJLC Employees Run in the Pittsburgh Marathon

May 10, 2012

The Pittsburgh Marathon was bigger and better than ever on Sunday, May 6, 2012 as a record-breaking number of runners and onlookers filled the streets of Downtown Pittsburgh. Even though red flags were posted (because running temperatures were high), Sunday’s events still attracted a record 26,000 runners who participated in the marathon, the half-marathon and the marathon relay.  10 KJLC employees trained for months to race, promote awareness, and raise funds for Autism Speaks.  Thus far, our generous employees, friends, and families have raised almost $4,000 in donations.

Congratulations to our KJLC runners!

New Synchrotron Brochure Available

May 7, 2012

The Kurt J. Lesker Company in conjunction with UHV Design Ltd. is pleased to announce the completion of a new brochure presenting vacuum manipulation products for synchrotron applications.  UHV Design is now firmly established in the synchrotron community as the supplier of choice for UHV manipulation devices ranging from linear actuators through complete multi-axis sample manipulators. By combining true UHV design principles with experience in demanding industry applications, UHV Design’s products ideally suit the rigorous requirements of synchrotrons for precision, long-life and vacuum performance.  With control of all key disciplines in-house, from design to manufacture and test, UHV Design is able to rapidly and competitively customize its UHV manipulators, with already the largest range in the world, to meet specific needs.  This brochure briefly outlines each product offered for synchrotron use, providing examples of their applications on transfer paths, storage rings, beamlines, and end stations.  For detailed product specifications, or to download 3D models, please visit our website or contact our team of experts.

Click here to open a pdf copy of this brochure.

Earth Day Cleanup At KJLC

April 25, 2012

More than 26 employees of the Kurt J. Lesker Company participated in this year's Earth Day Cleanup on April 25th.  Volunteers removed 415 lbs of trash from the grounds of the two Clairton buildings, the building in Glassport and from the entire 2.5 miles of the Clairton section of the nearby Montour Trail.  We are committed to making the world a better, greener place for this and every generation to come.  We will do this through our products, people and practices.

New North American Distribution Center

April 23, 2012

The Kurt J. Lesker is proud to announce the completion of the move of the North American Distribution Center to our new facility in Glassport, PA.  This 42,000 square foot facility enables the expansion of our inventory which means more products will be available for immediate delivery.  The new space was designed for greater warehouse efficiency in the fulfillment of our customers’ orders worldwide.  This move occurred from April 18-22 and involved a dedicated team of employees from many departments.  Long hours were invested to make sure that our shipping and receiving operationswere back to normal capacity in the shortest amount of time.

The Glassport location is also home to our Ceramic Materials Manufacturing division which manufactures advanced metal oxide ceramic materials. These special materials are used for a range of applications including storage of energy and information, energy conversion, optics and electronics.

KJLC Patent Pending Precursor Focusing TechnologyTM (PFTTM)

March 27, 2012

Kurt J. Lesker Company introduces Precursor Focusing Technology (PFT)—an inactive gas and precursor dispersion apparatus for Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) systems.  This patent pending ALD precursor dispersion apparatus allows for focusing of precursor gas/vapor onto a substrate surface for improved process performance. Benefits of this technology include improved precursor utilization efficiency as well as shorter cycle times.

Since ALD is based on a surface controlled growth mechanism, film uniformity depends primarily on distribution of active surface sites and completion of surface reactions during each precursor pulse step.  Efficient precursor delivery is required to complete surface reactions quickly and without significant waste.

Adequate purging between precursor pulse steps is critical since overlapping of pulses results in parasitic CVD reactions that decrease film uniformity and increase the potential for gas phase reactions and associated film defects.  Moreover, rapid purging is necessary to reduce overall process times, since cycle times are largely determined by the duration of purge steps.

Dispersion apparatus design is based on inactive gas flow that is continuous, viscous and laminar where the specific distribution of flow results in focusing of precursor during dose steps.  During subsequent purge steps, the inactive gas flow distribution enables efficient purging of the main ALD reaction chamber for robust ALD process performance.

The Kurt J. Lesker Company (KJLC), founded in 1954, is a global manufacturer and distributor of vacuum components and systems for the high and ultra?high vacuum equipment market.

For more information contact:

Matt Jaszcar,   mattj@lesker.com      412.387.9200
Or  salesus@lesker.com            800.245.1656           

Richard Whitehouse Promoted to European Internal Sales Manager

March 26, 2012

KJLC® is pleased to announce the promotion of Richard Whitehouse to European Internal Sales Manager.

He joined Kurt J Lesker Company 6 years ago onto the sales team at the European headquarters in Hastings and still successfully oversees the Scandinavian and Netherlands Territory.   He progressed to Business Intelligence Coordinator; implementing strategic goals for business development and supporting the sales team. 

KJLC are confident that Richard will excel in his new role.   His enthusiasm, efficiency and ability to develop individual growth is a major asset to the company and we thank him enormously.

US Domestic Sales Team Promotions

March 23, 2012

KJLC is pleased to announce two recent promotions within our Domestic Sales Team.

We are pleased to announce that D.J. Milas has been promoted to be an Inside Sales Group Leader, while retaining his Account Development Coordinator responsibilities. Mr. Milas has been an integral member of the Inside Sales team for more than 23 years and has successfully managed many different high profile customer accounts.  He has been a key contributor to KJLC’s continuous growth, is well respected throughout the organization, and is extremely knowledgeable in our customer base, product line, and history.  In his new role, Mr. Milas will work with the Customer Service Representatives and Account Development Coordinators on a daily basis, providing situational advice and technical support, while monitoring phone activities.     

Danielle Menefee has also been promoted to a position as Account Development Coordinator. She will support our regional sales manager in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast states with our OEM, industrial, university, and government lab customer base in this fast paced, key account heavy region of the U.S.  Ms. Menefee joined the KJLC team in 2011 with five years of inside sales experience in the vacuum science industry and a background in chemical engineering.  With her experience, technical knowledge, and enthusiasm towards new challenges, Danielle is a great addition to our ADC team.

Kurt J. Lesker III Gives Keynote Address

March 15, 2012

Kurt J. Lesker III, President of the Kurt J. Lesker Company, was the Keynote Speaker for Annual Joint Symposium & Exhibition held at the University of Central Florida on March 5, 2012. The event was co-sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the AVS Science and Technology Society (FLAVS) and the Florida Society for Microscopy (FSM). Mr. Lesker opened the event with a presentation entitled “The History of Vacuum (As I See It).”  His educational and informative talk covered a wide range of aspects of vacuum science, with not only a historic look at the origins of vacuum dating back to the 1600s, but also an overview on how technology, research, industrial process and equipment manufacturers have made the vacuum industry what it is today.  Mr. Lesker’s interactive talk, with his blend of humor, kept the audience absorbed with little known facts and events that have made the vacuum science the mainstream industry it has become.


US Domestic Sales Team Promotions

February 14, 2012

KJLC is pleased to announce two recent promotions within our Domestic Sales Team. Gideon Geer was recently promoted to the Regional Sales Manager position and Megan Hinch now holds the position of Account Development Coordinator, having successfully worked as a member of our customer service group for over two years.

Gideon is now responsible for managing and growing our customer base in the Mountain States and Southwestern regions of the U.S. With his long track record of success in a very dynamic territory and progressive approach to sales, we are very confident that Gideon will have an immediate and positive impact.

Megan Hinch is focused on our customers located in university and government laboratories throughout several different regions of the U.S. Megan’s attention to detail and customer-oriented attitude has helped KJLC to improve efficiency and continually provide the best customer service in the industry.

Lesker Named Among Leaders in the Transparent Electronic Materials Market

February 3, 2012

In a recently released report, Transparent Electronics Markets-2012, NanoMarkets listed the Kurt J. Lesker Company® among the top firms to watch in the transparent electronics race. Other firms listed in this field included: 3M, Apple, Corning, Samsung and Saint-Gobain. See the full article at: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/nanomarkets-announces-release-of-white-paper-on-transparent-electronics-markets-in-support-of-upcoming-webinar-2012-01-24. A summary of the full report is available at: http://www.nanomarkets.net/Downloads/WPtransparentelec.pdf.

These new materials are used in emerging industries such as: displays, solar panels and the windows industry. Lesker’s Materials Division has been able to identify 17 novel transparent conducting oxides which it believes have the potential to eventually make a commercial impact.

NanoMarkets is an industry analysis firm which tracks emerging market opportunities in energy and electronics markets created by developments in advanced materials.

New European Sales and Marketing Hires

January 16, 2012

Paul Hawes joins the company as Product Specialist for the Manufacture Division.

Based in the UK, he will be joining Paul Rummery & Bevan Court to develop special fabrications and bespoke designs within Europe.

He has 4 years designing and project managing for a cable management & fittings company, supplying to Telecoms , Automotive and Consumer Industries.

His experience working in a global corporation previously will see him in good stead for his new position, and he is looking forward to turning his hand to a new industry.

Also joining KJLC is Louise Page as European Marketing and Exhibition Specialist.

Implementing and organising UK and European Trade Shows, overseeing all marketing opportunities within Europe to strengthen the Kurt J Lesker Company® Brand.

She joins with many years event coordinating experience including product launches, conferences, incentives and exhibitions, predominantly for the motor Industry.

She is now looking for a new challenge within Vacuum Science!

We wish both new team members every success with Kurt J Lesker Company!

Town Hall Meeting 2012

January 11, 2012

The 2012 Town Hall Meeting of the Kurt J. Lesker Company® was held at the U.S. headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA on January 10. Over 200 employees from the Pittsburgh office were able to attend four different forums during the afternoon: Learning Management System and Business Intelligence; Quality; Process Equipment Division; and Manufacturing and Ceramics Materials Manufacturing. Presenters in each area explained highlights of the past year and plans for the new year in their areas of expertise. Following the forums, Kurt J. Lesker III, presented a talk entitled, “Enabling Technology for a Better World.” This presentation helped KJLC® employees understand a little better some of the emerging applications for vacuum science, such as LEDs, medical sensing, photovoltaics, nanotechnology, and thin film batteries and how our company is playing a critical part in enabling these new technologies. The successes of 2011 were highlighted and goals for the near future were revealed. A time of Q&A followed the president’s speech and employees were treated to a delicious catered dinner to close out the activities. All-in-all this fifth annual Town Hall Meeting was a huge success for everyone involved.


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