Grand Opening of Comet Group’s Lab One in San Jose, California

Press release
Flamatt, October 6, 2017

Grand Opening of Comet Group’s Lab One in San Jose, California

About 130 customers, partners, media, employees and invited guests from the Bay Area and beyond came together yesterday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of COMET Group's Lab One. The working Lab and testing environment is now available to many leading Silicon Valley businesses – acting as a key resource for a variety of testing and inspection services, as well as for opportunities to collaborate with Comet Group’s industry experts, who will be now be available for consultation, brainstorming and problem solving.

“The Model of this type of facility covers many types of applications, said Frank Hochstenbach, VP New Business Development for VDL Enabling Technologies Group. “This allows for larger corporations as well as startups to take advantage of these novel technologies.”


With pioneering solutions for a wide range of industries, Comet Group will support its clients by bringing greater safety and security, mobility, sustainability and efficiency to numerous areas of life. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo was on hand for the official ribbon cutting ceremony and expressed appreciation for this commitment to the region by stating, “This type of offering is essential here in Silicon Valley and we are so grateful that you have chosen San Jose as the location to open this Lab.”


Ajit Manocha, President & CEO of Semi, Craig Arcuri, a Senior Manufacturing Executive and Bill Bader, President & CEO, iNEMI participated in a roundtable discussion led by Trevor Galbraith, Editor-in-Chief, Global SMT & Packaging, where they discussed the future of x-ray testing, plasma applications, additional industries for ebeam as well as how companies can best to use Lab One.


“Speed and agility are more important than ever given that companies’ innovation cycles get shorter and shorter,” said Paul Smith, General Manager for Lab One. “Lab One provides fast and easy access to our technologists and to our solutions, RF power, x-ray and ebeam.” Also Shannon Hart, SVP of Global Operations for Mattson Technology Inc. expressed excitement for the commitment to the region and Comet Group’s expansion by saying, "It will be great to have close collaboration between engineering and development teams to help speed up the product development process."


Victor Sloan, President of Victor Aviation summed up the core of Lab One right to the point by saying “What I’m most excited about is the fact that Lab One is an open-door organization that will help companies of all sizes, including mine,” said Victor Sloan, President of Victor Aviation.


Further information:

Ines Najorka
Corporate Communications
T +41 31 744 99 96


Comet Group
The Comet Group is a globally leading, innovative Swiss technology company with a focus on X-ray, high-frequency and ebeam technologies. Using high-quality high-tech components and systems, we make it possible for customers from various industries to improve the quality of their products and make them both more efficient and more environmentally friendly. The innovative solutions under the Comet, Yxlon and ebeam brands are used in applications such as material and safety testing, the coating and treatment of surfaces, and contact-free sterilization.
Headquartered in Flamatt, Switzerland, Comet  AG is now represented in all global markets. We employ more than 1,300 people worldwide, including some 480 in Switzerland. In addition to production facilities in China, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and the USA, we also maintain various subsidiaries in the USA, China, Japan and Korea. Comet’s stock (COTN) is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.