Semikron announced a turnover of € 545 million for the business year 2010. This is an increase of 68% compared to 2009. Since the first diode/ thyristor module was developed and presented to the market in 1975, Semikron has been the market leader in this sector. According to IMS Research, “The global power semiconductor market 2010”, the company still leads with a market share of 30%.
31% of the turnover is generated from the renewable energies market which has more than doubled over the last three years, following the drives market with a share of thirty five percent. Semikron developed the first IGBT modules for use in wind turbines the beginning of the 1990´s. These modules featured innovative pressure contact technology, integrated power, driver and sensor functions and met the challenges posed by this entirely new area of application in terms of long-term reliability and power density.
The experience in the electric hybrid vehicle market also dates back to the early 1990`s, long before the German government announced that one million passenger cars must be electrically driven by 2020. In 2010 Semikron introduced Skai, the most compact power Electronic systems for hybrid and electric vehicles for use in the agricultural industry, construction industry, materials handling and battery-powered vehicles of any kind. The dedication to this market is evident in partner cooperations with Compact Dynamics and Drivetek and the 100% take-over of Vepoint. 560.000 electric fork lifts and 8.250 hybrid busses are powered by Semikron technology.
In May this year, the company launched a revolutionary packaging technology for power semiconductors which does away with bond wires, solders and thermal paste. This reliable and space-saving technology is the optimum solution for vehicle and wind power applications, markets with a high growth rate.