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IEEE award for Gencoa Paper

After last month's news of an award for Gencoa's presentation at the AIMCAL Web Coating and Handling Conference, Gencoa are pleased to share the news of another award-winning paper.

At the 18th Electronics Packaging Technology Conference in Singapore, the award of Best Poster Paper was given to Gencoa for a paper titled HIPIMS in Full Face Erosion Circular Cathode for Semiconductor Applications, which was presented at last year's event.

The paper is available to view on the IEEE Xplore Digital Library:

Congratulations to all who contributed to the paper, and we will be working hard to achieve further successes in 2017!

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Gencoa to exhibit Optix at AVS

The upcoming AVS Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee is Gencoa's final US-based event of 2016.

Optix, a new sensor for vacuum analysis, is among the products on display during the three-day exhibition, which runs from November 8-10.

Exhibiting from booth 409, Gencoa will be providing live demonstrations of Optix, a product which is also the focus of presentations by Dr Joseph Brindley during the Technical Program, and at the Exhibitor Technology Spotlight. The scheduled presentation times are as follows:

Monday November 7, 4.40pm: Gas Dynamics, Simulation and Partial Pressure Analysis (Room 104C)
Use Of A Novel Sensor Using Remote Plasma Emission Spectroscopy For Monitoring And Control Of Vacuum Processes

Wednesday November 9, 1:20pm: Exhibitor Technology Spotlight Session EW-WeL (Stage area of Exhibit Hall)
A Vacuum Species Sensor using Remote Plasma Emission Spectroscopy for Direct Monitoring of Vacuum Processes

The event will mark the official launch of Optix. For more product information, visit or email

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Frank Papa receives an award at AIMCAL event

Honourable mention for Best Vacuum Coating paper

Gencoa's US Business Manager Frank Papa was handed a John Matteucci award at last night's AIMCAL Web Coating and Handling Conference.

In the category of Best Vacuum Coating Paper, Frank picked up an honourable mention for a presentation on Gencoa's Optix vacuum sensor, entitled: "A Novel Sensor Using Remote Plasma Emission Spectroscopy for Monitoring and Control of Vacuum Web Coating Processes."

The conference included over 100 talks during the four-day event in Memphis, Tennessee, attracting almost 400 attendees.

Click to download a copy of the presentation.

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Events update, October 2016

Gencoa exhibiting in UK, France and USA

In partnership with UK agents OMNI Technologies, Gencoa are exhibiting at next week's Vacuum Expo at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry from 12-13th October.

In addition to the exhibit of Gencoa's highly anticipated Optix sensor, Dr Joseph Brindley will be delivering a Vacuum Technology Tutorial on Thursday 13th October. The talk will be held in theatre 2 at 13:00 and will cover the topic of optical gas and pressure sensing for process control of vacuum based industrial processes.

From 25-27th October, Gencoa will again partner with OMNI Technologies to exhibit at this year's SEMICON Europa in Grenoble, with a further opportunity to see a demonstration of the Optix sensor and also to attend a related talk by Steve Stanley at the Tech LOUNGE.

In USA, next week's AIMCAL web coating and handling conference in Memphis, Tennessee will include a talk by Frank Papa on the use of Optix for Vacuum Web Coating Proceeses. The talk is scheduled for 3:30pm on Wednesday 12th October, and hosted in the Continental Ballroom.

For further details on each of these events, click on the following links to visit the event websites:
Vacuum Expo
AIMCAL Web Coating and Handling Conference

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New Technical Sales Manager for Gencoa

Gencoa are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Steven Stanley as Technical Sales and Marketing Manager, joining the Gencoa sales team as a replacement for Tony Williams, who retired in August.

Steven joins us with a highly technical background in PVD processes and equipment for the optical, decorative and tribological markets. His expertise covers a wide range of process applications from visible and FIR optics to tribological coatings for space craft and components.

On commencing his role with the company, Steven commented: "I have used Gencoa as a customer on several occasions in my career and welcome the opportunity to join such a technically competent and progressive company. I hope to continue the excellent technical support to the sales and enquiry stage as seen throughout the Gencoa process."

Steven will be attending the forthcoming Vacuum Expo and SEMICON Europa events.

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Gencoa presenting at PSE 2016

Gencoa's Autumn schedule of exhibitions continues in Germany next week with the Plasma Surface Engineering conference, held every two years in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

The conference schedule will involve a talk from Florian Meyer on Ionisation Enhancement Control for Magnetron Sputtering Processes, which will take place in the Zugspitze Room on Friday 16th September, 11:15.

Gencoa are also contributing to four submissions during the poster sessions, with the details as follows:

Monday 12th September, 15:15 - 16:45 (Electrical and Magnetic Coatings)
PO1029: Transparent conductive IZO films deposited by reactive sputtering from metallic targets (Nano4Energy/Gencoa)

Monday 12th September, 15:15 - 16:45 (Plasma Treatment and Cleaning)
PO1048: Linear Ion Source Applications in Industry and Research

Tuesday 13th September, 15:15 - 16:45 (Protective and Tribological Coatings)
PO2050: Temperature dependence of the tribomechanical properties of DLC coatings deposited by magnetron sputtering (Nano4Energy/Gencoa)

Thursday 15th September, 15:15 - 16:45 - Properties of Technological Plasmas
PO4002: A Novel Sensor Using Remote Plasma Emission Spectroscopy for Monitoring and Control of Vacuum Processes

Exhibiting alongside German agents Beamtec GmbH, Gencoa's new Optix gas sensing instrument will be on display at the accompanying exhibition, which takes place on 13th and 14th September.

For further details visit the event website: Plasma Surface Engineering

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Gencoa at ICCG11

Conference presentation and poster planned for event

Gencoa will be in attendance at the 11th International Conference on Coatings on Glass and Plastics (ICCG11) which is being held in Braunschweig, Germany next week.

The event takes place from Sunday June 12th until Thursday June 16th, and will include a presentation by Victor Bellido-Gonzalez during Mondays' session which covers Advanced Vacuum Processes.

Victor's talk, entitled Low Damage, Low Sputter Voltage ITO Layers via Deposition from Rotatable Magnetrons, is scheduled for 5.20pm.

Gencoa will also be contributing to the poster session, with the topic of Effects of Ion Bombardment Pretreatment on Glass Coating Processes and Post Tempering covered during Poster Session 5 on Wednesday.

For further event details, visit the official website:

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Gencoa seminars at Vacuum Roadshow

Two talks planned for Edinburgh event

The final schedule for next month's Vacuum Roadshow has been confirmed, with Gencoa delivering two seminars at the Edinburgh-based event.

Taking place at Heriot-Watt University on Wednesday June 8th, the Vacuum Roadshow will include an equipment exhibition as well as a schedule of afternoon seminars including the following two talks by Gencoa's Dr Joseph Brindley:

13.30 - Sensing and feedback control in a vacuum environment for improved process yields
14.00 - Vacuum deposition techniques for optical thin film systems

The Vacuum Roadshow is being supported by Technology Scotland, and further visitor information is available through the event website:

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New home for Gencoa!

Move completed during weekend

Gencoa's move to a new purpose-built facility has now been completed.

Following the relocation of the workshop and R&D departments at the start of the month, all other areas have also now moved to the new site, situated just over a mile from the former premises.

The new address is: 4 De Havilland Drive, Estuary Commerce Park, Liverpool, L24 8RN.

Click for directions to the site from across the UK.

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SVC Final Program released

Dates and times of Gencoa presentations confirmed

The final program for this year's SVC TechCon has been release, with dates and times for Gencoa's involvement now confirmed.

Each year, Gencoa deliver a number of presentations during the conference, and this year will involve even more talks by experts from Gencoa than ever before!

A full schedule is as follows.

Gencoa Papers, Courses and Presentations

Tuesday May 10th

11:30am: P-4 An Alternative Approach for High Quality Indium Tin Oxide Coatings to be Deposited with Rotatable Magnetrons
2:00pm: E-7 Vacuum Polymerization of Active Devices
2:40pm: HP-3 Control of Reactive Bipolar HIPIMS Processes in Dual Magnetron Configuration (Nano4Energy/Gencoa)

HEUREKA! Session

5.50pm H-2 A Novel Sensor for Se Vapor Deposition Monitoring and Control (Nano4Energy/Gencoa)
6.10pm H-3 Tribomechanical Properties of DLC Coatings Deposited by Magnetron Sputtering on Metallic and Insulating Substrates (Nano4Energy/Gencoa)
6.30pm H-4 A Novel Sensor for Se Vapour Deposition Monitoring and Control

Wednesday May 11th

7:00-8:15am: Technology Forum Breakfast

Room 104: Tribological Coatings
Room 110: Modern Coating Sources
8:30am-4:30pm: Education Program: C-317 The Practice of Reactive Sputtering

9:40am: L-8 Linear Plasma Sources for Surface Modification and Deposition for Large Area Coatings

Thursday May 12th

Vendor Innovators Showcase (Room 109)

- 12:30pm: High Capacity Cantilever Mounted Rotatable Cathode
- 2:10pm: Features of 3rd Gencoa Circular Magnetron Cathodes for R&D Applications

1:40-2:40pm: Meet the Experts Corner: Modern Source Development

In addition to the company's involvement at the conference, Gencoa will be exhibiting from booth 506 at the Technical Exhibit, which will be held on May 11-12.

We look forward to seeing as many people as possible during the event!

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New premises update, January 2016

Internal work continues with move date now just weeks away

Work on the internal fit-out of Gencoa's new premises is making rapid progress, ahead the company's move to the facility in April 2016.

The photographs below show the completed office areas, across two floors of the building, and also the first floor meeting room, and the workshop and R&D areas.







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