Elevating Cleanroom Technology

The transition to Cleanroom-as-a-Service: advantages of a new business model in productized cleanroom solutions


In this article, we delve into the evolving landscape of the cleanroom industry, shedding light on the potential advantages of adopting a service-oriented business model, Cleanroom-as-a-Service (CaaS). While the software industry already made this shift in the late nineties (SaaS), the manufacturing industry is slowly making this shift through servitization (Neely, Benedettini, & Visnjic, 2011). This transition from a product-centric world to a solutions-focused approach has yet to fully unlock its potential in the cleanroom sector. ABN Cleanroom Technology has embarked on this journey to not only deliver cleanrooms but also offer a full turnkey service model.

Making the switch to a service model in the form of an Industrial Product Service System (IPSS) consists of different checkboxes that need to be ticked for success (Ayala, Paslauski, Ghezzi, & Frank, 2017). The following sections of this paper will delve into diverse topics, providing insights why ABN Cleanroom Technology initiated this change and why the transition to a CaaS model is essential for fostering innovation in our client’s industry.

This necessary shift to Cleanroom-as-a-Service will be based on the three most important topics to ensure a successful transition:

  1. Shifting our financial model from CAPEX to OPEX
  2. From traditional cleanrooms to productized cleanroom solutions
  3. Transition from Service to Cleanroom Lifecycle Management

1. Transforming our financial model

Before delving into details, let’s first clarify some financial terms. Capital expenditures (CAPEX) generally involve investments in fixed assets such as property, plant and equipment (commonly referred to as PPE). Cleanroom facilities typically fall within this category. On the other hand, Operational Expenditures (OPEX) are the day-to-day operational expenses of an organization, which can be either one-time or recurring.

What if we embraced the idea that cleanroom facilities should be flexible, evolving alongside the dynamic needs of our clients? With this vision in mind, we’ve restructured our financial model to introduce the option of renting our cleanroom facility at the client’s location with the opportunity to purchase after a specified period of time. 

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What’s in it for the financial department?

Capital Conservation

Operational Flexibility

Risk Mitigation

Enhanced Financial Ratios

1. Off-site production, on-site assembling

Legolisation means standardisation. Standardisation causes a shift in production. Work is carried out in conditioned spaces such as factory halls. our cleanrooms are manufactured partly or entirely off-site, which means huge savings on transport costs and reduction of inconvenience on-site