Traditionally known for the development and manufacture of specialty plastics, chemical and polymer products, Uniroyal Technology Corporation is transitioning to high-technology. Its new business segment, Compound Semiconductors & Optoelectronics, is comprised of Uniroyal Optoelectronics and Sterling Semiconductor, Inc. Uniroyal Optoelectronics (UOE) manufactures high brightness light emitting diodes (LEDs) from its state-of-the-art 77,000 square foot facility in Tampa, Florida. UOE, one of only a few companies in the world able to produce high brightness LEDs, provides the lighting industry with a variety of colors, with an emphasis on blue and green. Current applications for high brightness LEDs include traffic signals, automotive applications, and indoor/outdoor signage, and new, innovative applications are increasing rapidly. The high brightness LED market grew 54% in 1999 and is expected to grow substantially each year for the foreseeable future.
Uniroyal completed the acquisition of Sterling Semiconductor, Inc. (Sterling) in May 2000. Sterling produces single crystal silicon carbide (SiC) substrates as well as epitaxial thin films on SiC substrates. These next-generation semiconductor materials possess physical and electrical properties that exceed those of silicon and gallium arsenide materials. Silicon carbide’s unique properties allow SiC-based devices to operate efficiently at higher temperatures and frequencies, provide greater power amplification, and are key to advancing technologies in wireless communications, industrial process controls, and optoelectronics.
Uniroyal’s Coated Fabrics and Specialty Adhesives business segments continue to strengthen the strong reputations enjoyed in their respective industries.
Naugahyde® coated fabrics remains a respected leader in the vinyl coated fabrics industry. Available in dozens of designer colors and patterns, Naugahyde is chosen by the furniture, recreation, and medical industries because of its durability, stain resistance and ease in cleaning. And the Company continues to add new patterns and colors to the growing family of Naugahyde® products. NaugaSoft™, one of the most recent product introductions, has the feel of soft leather and has met with great success in the furniture industry.
Uniroyal’s Specialty Adhesives segment manufactures industrial adhesives and sealants, commercial roofing adhesives and mirror mastics. Uniroyal Specialty Adhesives is focused on strong relationships with its customers and business partners and on developing new markets for its specialty adhesives brands. The segment’s Silaprene® line of solvent- and water-based adhesives and its Hydra Fast-En® line of sprayable water-based contact adhesives are used in the transportation, recreational vehicle, manufactured housing and furniture fabrication industries. Gunther is a full line of professional products used in the installation and care of mirrors.
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