Vital & FHR North America LLC (Vital/FHR), a global leader in advanced materials and processing, was pleased to host an open house at its new facility in Bowling Green, OHIO, USA on Wednesday June 28, 2023. The event celebrated the expansion of operations and showcase Vital/FHR's commitment to serving strategic customers in the United States with domestic production.

The open house was attended by approximately 20 distinguished guests, including representatives from the local government, universities, contractors, and key customers of Vital Materials (Vital) in the United States, including Bloom Energy. The event was also be joined by key Vital staff from the U.S. and overseas.

The day commenced with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring notable figures that included Mike Aspacher, Mayor of the City of Bowling Green; Satish Chitoori, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Procurement and Supply Chain, Bloom Energy (NYSE: BE); Michael Xiong, Managing Director of the Americas, Vital; and Mark Zhu, President of Vital Thin Film Materials. Following the ribbon cutting, all visitors had the opportunity to tour the Bowling Green office and production areas.

During this momentous occasion, Michael Xiong shared insights into Vital's mission, highlighted the significance of the Vital/FHR facility to onshore manufacturing, and acknowledged support received from the local government. The event aimed to foster connections, promote collaboration, and signify Vital/FHR's dedication to delivering innovative solutions to meet the evolving demands of customers in the US market. The Bowling Green operation is part of a series of strategic projects undertaken by Vital as it expands its presence and enhances its support for key customers.

About Vital/FHR

Vital/FHR, a subsidiary of Vital Materials, specializes in the manufacturing of materials and vacuum coating systems for a diverse range of applications, including solar, display, automotive, photonics, and wearable/decorative products. Vital’s investment into Bowling Green is paramount to reduce inventory costs, shorten lead times, and secure critical supply chains for key customers, while contributing to local economic development and job creation.

At Bowling Green, Vital/FHR will provide manufacturing services for Bloom Energy, a leading solid oxide platform for distributed generation of electricity and hydrogen. Furthermore, the new facility will serve as an engineering center of excellence for next generation medical imaging devices. In addition to the Bowling Green facility, Vital/FHR has invested in a new production plant in Perrysburg that will focus on material processing, service, and engineering support for launch in 2024-2025.

About Vital Materials

Vital Materials is a global materials technology and equipment company that has been operating since 1995. With vertically integrated industrial and commercial operations spanning North and South America, Europe, and Asia, Vital Materials employs over 7,000 individuals worldwide.

About FHR

FHR Anlagenbau GmbH, a division of Vital Materials, is a leading manufacturer of vacuum coating systems. The company designs, manufactures, and replicates coating systems for various applications, including thin film solar panels, GaAs, heterojunction, and more.


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Tony Munoz
VP of Operations
Vital & FHR North America LLC
Phone: +1 740 442 9154