FIELDTRIP to EPCOS – a TDK Group Company

FIELDTRIP to EPCOS – a TDK Group Company




The SILICONALPS cooperation partners and other interested parties were able to take an extremely exciting and unique look behind the scenes at EPCOS, which belongs to the Japanese TDK Corporation – a leading electronics company headquartered in Tokyo – during the FieldTrip on October 11th, 2018 in Deutschlandsberg. The development and production of ceramic components are located at EPCOS in Deutschlandsberg, Germany, and SILICONALPS has been given the exclusive opportunity to gain an insight into this world.

The company’s main headquarters in Deutschlandsberg employs around 900 workers and is, with more than 70,000 square meters, the largest TDK headquarters in Europe. From here, plants in China, Malaysia, The Czech Republic and Croatia are controlled and supported. Priority topics in Deutschlandsberg currently include innovation projects in development and new manufacturing processes using Industry 4.0 technologies. The European R & D Center, located at the site, focuses on developments for the promising and high-revenue customer industries of automotive and industrial electronics.

The FieldTrip was, again, a complete success and the event was fully booked up! EPCOS was great in when it came to organization, hospitality and support of our cooperation partners! The numerous companies present took advantage of this unique opportunity to network with executives from all areas, such as those of technology, production, research, human resources, business development, purchasing and, of course, general management – or to deepen existing contacts. The program displayed both diversity of content and high innovation value, as well as a great “aha-experience”. After the brief opening remarks by Christian Philipp (Head of Communication, Silicon Alps) and a very interesting presentation by Michael Stahl (Managing Director EPCOS OHG), there were exclusive tours of selected departments.

Almost every electrical device contains extremely small electronic components, without which nothing would work. They secure the power supply, process electrical signals and protect electronic circuits against malfunctions and failure. Visitors were therefore given introductions and demonstrations in the individual production departments:

  • Powder Production
  • Tape Casting
  • LTCC Production-SAW
  • Piezo Block Production
  • Novocure Production
  • DSSP Production
  • Infrastructure DSSP

Participants were also able to view various Piezzo products and innovations (e.g. Power Haptic, CeraLink, Novocure, CeraPlas, Battery), which were explained to them by EPCOS employees. The good working atmosphere and the satisfaction of the employees in their contribution to EPCOS’ success were always noticeable. Since the individual products, the stations of the tour and the great diversity of the product range met with great interest among the participants, EPCOS willingly answered all questions.

Therefore, there were many starting points for further discussions and cooperation possibilities at the subsequent get-together, especially through the presentation of product stands such as HV Heater, US Sensor, R&D, PIC, ML Product Presentation, TPS NTC temperature sensors – which were integrated into the get-together.

On behalf of all cooperation partners, the Silicon Alps Cluster would like to thank EPCOSfor its openness and hospitality.