Research & Development | Laboratories | Facilities | Capabilities | Achievements | Patents

Frontken research and development main focus are into innovative processes and materials. Today, the Group’s Research and Development operations pursue a three fold objectives:

• To bring to the Frontken operations to reach higher standards of efficiency, quality, reliability and environmental
  compliance, and products/services with broader and more diverse applications.
• To develop products/services aimed at new market segments undergoing strong expansion, to allow Frontken to
   bring its unique expertise to the growth of these new areas.
• To enable the entire Frontken Group to benefit from the complementary technical skills developed in its various
   business.


Frontken Research & Development Programmes strives to achieve its successful technology
and product strategies as follows:
• To create value through technology and new product development by designing the organization and technology
   strategies and align organizational capability with technology strategy to achieve market success.
• To identify high-leverage projects for research dollars and balance fundamental long-term research with short-
   term research that delivers more immediate value.
• To match products to market dynamics and choosing among promising technical opportunities and new product
   ideas.
• To develop and build technical capabilities to give the right set of products to create the customer value and need.
• To develop and sustain a superior environment of inquiry conducive to the highest quality research, and evolve
   the organization to match the changing demands of the market.
• To effectively integrate fundamental, translational and research to meet changing market and technical dynamics
   and deliver the strategy of transition from lab to new product.
• To invest R&D dollars to have sufficient intellectual property or complementary asset protection to keep
   competition at bay.


The FCB group carries out their R&D activities in Singapore and Penang,Malaysia. The R&D activities are based on our extensive knowledge and experience in surface metamorphosis technology using thermal spray processes as the core technology and a series of complementary processes.

Frontken Singapore R&D Lab @ 156A (156A Gul Circle, Singapore 629614)
Established as the first application research base in Singapore for thermal spray coating processes and advanced materials engineering for Power Generation, Petrochemical and Oil & Gas industries. This laboratory conducts research and development on the latest technologies relating to such topics Plasma spraying, HVOF thermal spraying, arc spraying and advanced materials engineering.

Frontken Singapore R&D Lab @ 15 (15 Gul Drive, Singapore 629466)
Established as the primary core research base in Singapore for thermal spray coating processes, advanced precision cleaning and advanced materials engineering for the electronics industry such as the Semiconductor which includes Optoelectronics, Flat Panel Display and Data Storage industries. This laboratory conducts pioneering interdisciplinary research in the latest technologies relating to such topics advanced plasma thermal spraying, advanced precision cleaning Best-Known-Method and advanced materials engineering.

Frontken Malaysia R&D Lab18
(18, Jalan Pala12, Kawasan Industri Ringan Permatang Tinggi, 14100 Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia)

Established as the application and experimental research base in Malaysia for thermal spray coating processes, advanced precision cleaning and advanced materials engineering for the electronics, semiconductor and Flat Panel Display, mass storage manufacturing, automotive industries. This laboratory conducts research and development on the latest technologies relating to such topics advanced plasma thermal spraying, advanced precision cleaning Best-Known-Method and advanced materials engineering. In future, this lab will be extended to include new technology from Singapore to cater for the Power Generation, Petrochemical and Oil & Gas industries.

Bend Tests, Resistivity Tests, Seawater Corrosion Simulation Tests, Tensile Bond Tests, Micro-hardness tests, Coating thickness Checks, Microscopic Inspections, NDT Magnetic Particle Inspection, NDT Dye Penetrant Crack Check, Roughness Measurement and other metrology capabilities.
  • Chemical processing technology
  • Mechanical processing technology
  • PVD process kits recycle cleaning technology
  • Etch process kits recycle cleaning technology
  • Al, Ti and SUS metal parts deposition removal, recycle cleaning, and texturing technology
  • Ceramic parts deposition removal, precision cleaning and retexturing technology
  • Quartz parts deposition removal, precision cleaning and retexturing technology
  • Process control technology and methodology
  • Chemical solution control technology
  • Special Cleaning Technology e.g. UHV decontamination
  • Surface Metamorphosis Technology (SMT)
  • Developed technology in minimization of the quantity of base material removed, thereby increasing the part's service life.
  • Developed technology to selectively remove unwanted materials, i.e.: removing one specific compound from a combination of compounds.
  • Developed technology to remove deposits from semiconductor equipment used in PVD and CVD processing.
  • Developed technology to remove deposits that are extremely resistant to chemical and/or mechanical processes.
  • Developed technology to change surface texture; enhance adhesion of deposits during semiconductor processing.

The FCB group IP includes technical know-how, proprietary formula and recipes, patents as well as Best-Known-Method for the surface metamorphosis technology. The FCB group constantly identifies and assesses the risks of their IP and selectively filed patents on selected critical processes. FCB also has other legal means of protecting their technical know-how and proprietary recipes.

Frontken IP Portfolios
  • Method and apparatus for deposition removal and recycle cleaning of copper interconnect semiconductor process kits.
  • Method and apparatus for advanced precision cleaning and surface metamorphosis engineering of semiconductor and optoelectronics components using both chemical and mechanical techniques.
  • System and method for Al, Ti and SUS metal parts deposition removal, recycle cleaning, and texturing.
  • System and method for ceramic parts deposition removal, precision cleaning and retexturing.
  • System and method for quartz parts deposition removal, precision cleaning and retexturing.
  • Method and apparatus for the next generation copper-based advanced precision cleaning and surface metamorphosis engineering of CVD process kits using both chemical and mechanical techniques.
  • Method and apparatus for the next generation copper-based advanced precision cleaning and surface metamorphosis engineering of PVD process kits using both chemical and mechanical techniques.
  • Method and computerised system for a knowledge-based process recipe system for classification, characterization and optimization of advanced deposition removal and precision cleaning.
  • Method and system on thermal spray coatings on substrates to improve and enhance adhesion of deposits during ultra-high vacuum processing.