Apple and GT Advanced open second sapphire plant in Salem, Massachusetts

A second Apple synthetic Sapphire Plant has been revealed from GT Advanced’s amended 10-Q SEC filing.

“GT’s Sapphire Operations are on track and ready to deliver the goods to Apple,” Matt Margolis reports for Wall Street Forensics.

“GT has retrofitted and qualified several hundred ASF furnaces located in its Salem, MA facility,” Margolis reports. “The prepayment details indicate that GT’s Salem, MA facility was retrofitted and qualified with sapphire growing facilities. GT recently confirmed that the Salem, MA facility has been transformed from an R&D facility into a sapphire manufacturing facility.”

“Furthermore, this is a clear indication that GT’s Salem, MA facility has been growing sapphire for since Q4 2013, which is consistent with my previous assumptions,” Margolis reports. “GT’s Salem, MA facility measures 25,000 square feet and is likely home to several hundred furnaces in addition to the 2,500 + furnaces that have been installed in the Mesa, AZ facility.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s a witches’ brew – for peddlers of iPhone knockoffs.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
Apple readies scratch-proof sapphire screens for next-gen 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones – June 19, 2014
Apple reportedly now has enough sapphire for iWatch, 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones with full sapphire cover glass – June 13, 2014
Apple patents method for embedding sapphire displays in LiquidMetal device chassis – May 27, 2014


  1. That much expansion for extra fingerprint sensors and camera lens covers? I don’t think so.
    I hope for a liquid metal case with sapphire cover.
    Not sure about the guts moving upon a drop or major impact, but I would love to see Tim Cook throw the iPhone across the room a few times and try to scratch it and then put it up on the screen. That would get my attention.

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