• SwissSEM Gets ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 Certifications for Its Production Site

    SwissSEM Gets ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 Certifications for Its Production Site

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    In order to better fulfil customer requirements, improve the company’s internal management and service, enhance the company’s competitiveness, expand market share and establish an excellent corporate image, SwissSEM has decided to start from the second half of 2022, led by the quality department and closely cooperated with all relevant departments, continue to implement environmental management system ISO14001:2015 and occupational health and safety management system ISO45001:2018 certifications. In February 2023, the company successfully passed the above two certifications and obtained them.

    In the audit, the audit team of experts through the meeting, discussion exchanges, data review and site survey etc., the company has been carefully audited, and the company leadership has carried out in-depth communication and exchanges, a comprehensive understanding of the enterprise in the environment and occupational health and safety management system implementation and operation. The audit expert group considered that the company’s management system documents were generally appropriate, the operation process was orderly and controlled, and the operation results were effective and compliant, and highly praised our company’s work in system construction, resource assurance, document control and other aspects.

    At the same time, the expert group also put forward opinions and suggestions for improvement in the operation of the company’s management system. At present, the company has combined the opinions and suggestions of the expert group, further strengthen the study and understanding of the new version of the management system documents, strictly in accordance with the provisions of the management system documents to perform various work, to ensure the continuous and effective operation of the company’s environmental and occupational health and safety management system.

    Relying on the construction of the three systems (ISO9001:2015, ISO14001:2015 and ISO45001:2018), we should work steadily and cultivate our internal skills. The implementation of three system management is an important way for the company to move towards legal management and an important form of full participation in management. Through the effective operation of the system, it helps to improve the staff’s awareness of service, safety and environmental protection. Improve service quality and reduce safety and environmental risks; Avoid economic losses that may be caused by quality, safety, environment and other problems, reduce management costs, and achieve sustainable operation of the company.

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  • ZF Signs Multi-Year Supply Agreement with STMicroelectronics

    ZF Signs Multi-Year Supply Agreement with STMicroelectronics

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    The technology group ZF will, from 2025, purchase silicon carbide devices from STMicroelectronics. Under the terms of the multi-year contract, ST will supply a volume of double-digit millions of silicon carbide devices to be integrated in ZF’s new modular inverter architecture going into series production in 2025. ZF will leverage ST’s vertically integrated silicon carbide manufacturing in Europe and Asia to secure customer orders in electromobility.

    “With this strategically important step, we are strengthening our supply chain to be able to securely supply our customers. Our order book in electromobility until 2030 now amounts to more than thirty billion euros. For this volume, we need several reliable suppliers for silicon carbide devices,” says Stephan von Schuckmann, member of the ZF Board of Management responsible for electromobility as well as materials management. “In STMicroelectronics, we now have a supplier whose experience with complex systems meets our requirements and who, above all, can produce the devices in exceptionally high quality and at the required quantities.” With this agreement, ZF has gained a world-class supplier for silicon carbide technology, in addition to ZF’s existing partnership agreement on silicon carbide technology announced in February.

    “As a vertically integrated company, we are investing heavily to expand capacity and develop our silicon carbide supply chain to support our global and European customers across automotive and industrial sectors, as they pursue electrification and decarbonization targets,” says Marco Monti, President Automotive and Discrete Group of STMicroelectronics. “The key to success in electric vehicle technology is greater scalability and modularity with increased efficiency, peak power, and affordability. Our silicon carbide technologies help deliver these benefits and we are proud to work with ZF, a leading automotive supplier for electrification, to help them differentiate and optimize the performance of their inverters.”

    ST will manufacture the silicon carbide chips at its production fabs in Italy and Singapore with packaging of the chips into STPAK, an ST-developed advanced package, and testing at its back-end facilities in Morocco and China.

    ST will supply ZF from 2025 with a volume of double-digit millions of third generation silicon carbide MOSFET devices. ZF can connect a variable number of such devices together to match customers’ performance requirements without changing the design of the inverter. Among others, ZF will use the technology in inverters for vehicles of a European car manufacturer whose production start is planned for 2025.

    The inverter is the brain of electric drivetrains. It manages the flow of energy from battery to e-motor and vice versa. Inverters have become more efficient and more complex with every development step. The combination of the inverter design and the semiconductors, like silicon carbide, is the key to improving electric vehicle performance. Silicon carbide devices significantly reduce power losses in electric car inverters, as well as in wind turbine and photovoltaic inverters. Devices made with silicon carbide have decisive advantages over conventional silicon-based products, such as higher efficiency, power density and reliability. At the same time, they enable smaller and more cost-effective system designs. Simply put, an electric vehicle charges faster, drives further and has more space when equipped with silicon carbide-based semiconductors.

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