Moscow-Based MEMS Manufacturer Has Dutch Roots

The Techopolis Moscow special economic zone hosts over 40 microelectronics manufacturers. Among them is Mapper, a supplier of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). 

The MEMS sensors (accelerometers, gyroscopes, micro mirrors, pressure sensors) produced by the company, are used in the production of various high-tech products in Russia and abroad.

Mapper, a portfolio company of Rusnano, was founded by the Dutch manufacturer Mapper Lithography in 2012.

“Two years later, we started the serial production of lens elements for the parent company – after specialists from Mapper Lithography built and launched a production facility at Technopolis Moscow in Pechatniki with the help of specialized contractors and designers,” says Johannes Brilleman, executive director of Mapper. “The facility occupies almost 2,000 square meters, including ISO 6 cleanrooms equipped with machines used in the production of MEMS on silicon wafers.”

Before settling on Moscow, Mapper Lithography conducted a large-scale study with more than 10 key requirements for a potential site. As a result, of the four territories suitable for the localization of a high-tech plant, the company selected Technopolis Moscow in Pechatniki.

“All things considered, Technopolis suited our needs more than the other candidates. It has a good transport accessibility, so it’s easy for employees to get to work; there is a good engineering base, a customs post,” recalls Brilleman.

MEMS manufacturing puts forth stringent requirements to employees. MEMS was a new technology for Russia, therefore the company's specialists had to study in the Netherlands. In order to “grow” new personnel, Mapper offers internships for students of Moscow's technical universities.

“It is very difficult to find a niche specialist – much easier is to train a person to work on specialized equipment, and also to see how he or she works during the internship. Those who see themselves in semiconductor manufacturing, as a rule, stay with us,” says Brilleman.

In 2018, Mapper obtained the status of Technopolis Moscow resident.

“Thanks to tax benefits, we save money and invest into business development. In February 2019, Mapper's quality management system was ISO 9001 certified by TÜV Rheinland. According to our Russian industry partners, Mapper's MEMS production is on par with top European factories. In the next 3-5 years, we aim to further expand our presence in the Russian and international markets, given the growing demand for elements manufactured by the company,” says Brilleman.

5 september 2019