Element Six, an independently operated firm owned by De Beers and Umicore, opened its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Silicon Valley, south of San Francisco, California. The facility will house employees in the production, technical and customer service fields, and will serve to establish a direct connection to Element Six technologies division’s customers and partners in the U.S. The company’s continued expansion into the U.S. market is in direct response to the growing demand and interest in synthetic diamond for commercial use in advanced technology applications.
Technology developers using Element Six's synthetic diamonds benefit from the many unique extreme properties, including its unparalleled hardness, thermal conductivity, optical and electro-chemical properties. As a result, synthetic diamond is increasingly being recognized as the ultimate supermaterial.
The use of synthetic diamond is disruptive in a diverse range of sectors. For example, its thermal conductivity and electric insulator properties can result in step-change reductions in semiconductor device operating temperatures, creating significant competitive advantage. Other innovative applications of synthetic diamond’s extreme properties include reducing operational costs of high-power CO2 lasers, enabling environmentally friendly water treatment systems, quantum computing, magnetometry and bio-medical sensors.
“As the pioneers of the commercial CVD diamond markets, we have the technical excellence, capabilities and track record to develop entirely new applications for synthetic diamond,” said Cyrus Jilla, the chief executive of Element Six. “With our new Santa Clara facility, we will build on our 25 percent year on year growth, and deliver innovative products which enhance productivity, reduce energy consumption and lower operational costs.”
The company has recently announced the construction of the world’s largest and most sophisticated synthetic diamond supermaterials research and development facility in Oxford in the U.K.