Semefab is playing a vital role in the global fight against COVID-19

Monday, 20 April 2020

Glenrothes-based semi-conductor manufacturer, Semefab, is making a vital contribution to the UK and global fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The firm has been inundated with enquiries and orders and is currently working to supply more than 12 million semiconductors for use in COVID-19 related applications in the medical and healthcare sectors over the next 3 months. Orders have been received from companies in the UK, USA and China. 

Allan James, Managing Director at Semefab, which is headquartered in Eastfield Industrial Estate, said that end user equipment manufacturing firms in those sectors were struggling to cope with global demand. However, Semefab’s existing relationships with in-country businesses alongside its reputation for supplying cost-effective, high quality semi-conductors, has led to a sharp increase in enquiries and orders. 

Allan said:  “Semefab has been supplying chips into manufacturers of CCTV cameras and Passive Infra-Red (PIR) Sensors for energy saving security lighting for more than 15 years. We’ve built up an excellent international reputation as a cost-effective supplier of high-performance silicon products. 

“It is, therefore, understandable that several overseas end user equipment manufacturers and their supply chain companies have come to us for help. We’ve been asked to manufacture and supply over 10 million non-contact temperature measuring chips to seven customers. In addition, ultra-low pressure sensors for ventilators, respirators and an aesthesia kits, manometer chips for measuring room pressure differential – important in maintaining isolation environments - photo detectors for X-Ray and haemoglobin monitoring and precision analogue IC’s for MRI/CT scanners. Since January we’ve shipped over four million devices. It’s good to know that some of those devices will return to the UK inside medical and healthcare equipment being used in the UK’s fight against COVID-19.”

Allan added:  “We have a vital role to play in the global fight againstCOVID-19 and we’re doing everything we can. We’ve adapted the business as well as our manufacturing processes and, for instance on some production equipment, to avoid potential bottlenecks, we now operate those 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet demand.”