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Amkor Technology Announces Plans to Build State-of-the-Art Factory and Global R&D Center in Korea
Amkor Technology, Inc. has announced that it plans to build a state-of-the-art factory and global research and development center in the Incheon Free Economic Zone, which is located in the greater metropolitan area of Seoul, Korea. The new factory and R&D center will focus on the design, development and full scale production of innovative semiconductor packaging and test services for the world’s leading semiconductor and electronic manufacturing companies.
“We are making a strategic, long term investment in our core manufacturing and research infrastructure. It is a commitment to the future,” said Ken Joyce, Amkor's president and chief executive officer. “Korea is a worldwide center of excellence for the semiconductor and electronics industries, and with our new site we will be able to attract top engineering talent and a highly skilled workforce.”
“This investment will strengthen our competitive position as an industry leader providing advanced interconnect technologies, and help ensure our future growth,” added Joyce.
We have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding for a site for the new facilities with approximately 186,000 square meters, or about 46 acres. We expect to spend approximately $350 million over the next three to four years to acquire and develop the land and buildings, with approximately $30 million planned for the fourth quarter of 2012 and approximately $70 million planned for 2013. The $100 million of spending planned for 2012 and 2013 is expected to be accrued this year and would be incremental to our previous guidance of $550 million of capital additions for 2012.
Construction is expected to commence in 2014 and the facility is expected to become operational by late 2015 or 2016. We expect to equip our new manufacturing and R&D facilities using our normal capital additions budget.
“Our total investment for this project may reach $1 billion over the next 10 years, although spending for a project like this will be spread over many years and can be controlled as needed as economic and market conditions and the cash needs for our business evolve,” noted Joyce.
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Indium Corporation Acquires New Manufacturing Facility in Rome, NY
Indium Corporation has acquired a new manufacturing facility, located at 5836 Success Drive, Rome, NY, USA. The plant is currently being outfitted to expand production capacities of Indium Corporation’s range of compounds, including indium-, gallium-, germanium-, and tin-based materials.
The company’s expansion addresses its growing global success with supplying materials to industries such as solar photovoltaic, flat panel display, semiconductor, optical fiber, LED, and others.
Indium Corporation is installing state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, processes, and analytical capabilities to address the world’s demand for high-performance materials. The enhanced capabilities will enable Indium Corporation to convert a wider range of feed materials into high-purity compounds and provide recycling of customers’ reclaim streams.
According to Claire Mikolajczak, Indium Corporation’s Director of Metals and Compounds,
“This major expansion enables us to simultaneously enhance our process efficiencies, product quality, and product range. We will soon be able to deliver a very large share of the world’s demand for high quality compounds.”
Greg Evans, Indium Corporation President, added,
“We have committed to our markets that we will raise the bar with regard to capacity, quality, and service. Our new facility addresses each of these issues and even allows us to partner with new customers on their challenging future requirements. We look forward to these new opportunities.”
The new plant is sized to accommodate future expansion of upstream and downstream processes to improve its costs and performance.
Indium Corporation Facilities Engineer, Paul C. Ragusa, CPE, said,
“Our 11th plant is Indium Corporation’s largest facility in the world. It is designed to address the continuous growth and technical development of the company to suit evolving market needs.
NuSil Technology LLC (www.nusil.com), the global leader in silicone materials for the healthcare, aerospace, pharmaceutical, aircraft and drug delivery industries, announces plans for a major facility and capacity expansion in Bakersfield, California. Construction of a third building is complete, and the site is on track to reach a total of seven buildings on the 15-acre campus.
“This facility expansion will result in increased employment opportunities across many functional areas at NuSil Technology’s Bakersfield campus,” says Bill Klansek, Vice President of Manufacturing. “MorehouseCowles, a NuSil subsidiary, will be designing and building much of the equipment necessary to support the new manufacturing processes.”
The newly completed third building significantly increases the polymer processing capacity while adding additional warehousing space. The fourth building, at approximately 35,000 square feet, is now under construction and is scheduled for completion in September 2012. This new structure will become the center for Quality Assurance, Human Resources and Engineering, and will feature an enlarged QA testing laboratory and expanded office facilities.
Two additional manufacturing buildings have been designed and are quickly entering the permit stage. “The goal of this campus expansion is to increase plant capacity by three to four times over the next few years,” said Jim Yabsley, Vice President of Engineering.
For more information, please contact NuSil at +1 805-684-8780 or visit www.nusil.com.
METALOR USA Refining Corporation Achieves Responsible Source™ Certification from SCS
Metalor USA Refining Corporation has announced its successful certification to the Responsible Source™ standard from Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). SCS Responsible Source™ certification ensures that refineries and manufacturing plants operate using fair labor and implement stringent supply chain risk management. The precious metal and jewelry industries have been working to address problems with conflict minerals, toxic emissions and habitat destruction. In an effort to reduce reliance on mined materials, the standard focuses on recycling practices and systems.
SCS Responsible Source™ certification encourages leaders in the industry to make positive reductions across multiple environmental impact categories. “Our goal at SCS is to provide the most rigorous level of independent certification. The Responsible Source™ certification is helping manufacturers, like Metalor USA Refining, demonstrate that they are not only reducing demand from controversial sources, but also addressing environmental impacts and social issues.” says Michael Wolfe, Managing Director, Environmental Certification Services at SCS.
Metalor is a leading global refiner of precious metals and provides gold and silver to the jewelry, and financial markets through its Refining division. Our gold and silver is certified Good Delivery in New York, London, Tokyo, and Shanghai. Metalor maintains a reputation of Swiss precision and excellence across its services, processing and environmental policies. In addition to being ISO 9001 accredited, Metalor has been designated as a Certified Member of the Responsible Jewellery Council as well as an Official Referee for both the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) and London Platinum and Palladium Market (LPPM).
Metalor proactively involves itself at the highest levels within the industries to ensure that it maintains a global leadership role with respect to ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards. “Metalor USA Refining is proud to continue its advancement with respect to our responsible refining program. Certification to this important standard is a significant milestone for us on this journey and we are pleased to be associated with this multi-attribute standard.” says Larry Drummond, President Metalor USA Refining Corporation.
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing and standards development since 1984. SCS programs span a wide cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, retailing and more. www.scscertified.com
Axus Technology, a global supplier of CMP and wafer thinning equipment, has introduced the Titan Carrier Upgrade for IPEC and Strasbaugh CMP platforms, adding yet another technology upgrade for use on legacy CMP tools.
With several thousand Titan carriers in production use on Mirra® tools, the Applied Materials Titan carrier has an established process and production history. By capitalizing on this proven Titan performance, the upgrade package developed by Axus Technology delivers significantly better uniformity, throughput, and yield for the widely used IPEC 372M and 472 tools and Strasbaugh 6DS-SP and 6EC platforms.
The Titan upgrade is designed as a tightly integrated package that installs cleanly and without affecting the tool software, host control, or recipe management. In comparison to the standard fixed-ring carriers, the results from the Titan processing on IPEC 472 and Strasbaugh 6DS-SP platforms demonstrated an improved edge exclusion, out to 3mm, along with as much as a 5X improvement in uniformity and with removal rates increased between 30 and 100%. Typical oxide baseline results with the Titan upgrade are 3% or less.
Additionally, the membrane-based Titan carrier upgrade eliminates the use of the vacuum holes that are required on metal plate carriers. The sealed membrane eliminates the uptake of process fluids that can be a source of corrosion and defects. Eliminating this source of contamination will also substantially reduce the maintenance of rotary unions and valves.
"Axus' engineering team is pleased to offer this upgrade of the Titan Carrier to help our customers meet their process and production requirements more efficiently," stated Dan Trojan, Vice President of Engineering for Axus Technology. "This upgrade allows us to offer customers who currently use IPEC and Strasbaugh platforms, the benefits seen on the Mirra® tools with the addition of improved process results, greater yield and more reliable tool performance, which in combination result in a substantially lower overall cost of ownership."
EV Group Receives First-ever Ranking Among Top Five VLSIresearch 10 BEST Suppliers of Chip Making Equipment
Jumps from 15th to 4th Place in 2012 10 BEST Focused Suppliers List; Also Named One of THE BEST Small Suppliers of Wafer Processing Equipment for Tenth Consecutive Year
EV Group has announced that for the first time, its customers have ranked EVG as one of VLSIresearch's top five 10 BEST Focused Suppliers of Chip Making Equipment companies in the market research firm's extensive customer satisfaction survey results for 2012. EVG was also awarded third place in VLSIresearch's 2012 THE BEST Small Suppliers of Wafer Processing Equipment ranking, with its stellar product performance and customer service landing it on this list for the tenth consecutive year. Together, these rankings represent EV Group's best showing to date in the prestigious annual surveys, underscoring the success of the company's focused efforts to continually improve its products and services.
This year's VLSIresearch customer satisfaction survey represents feedback from more than 99 percent of the global chip market, garnered over a period of more than two months. Participants were asked to rate equipment suppliers among 15 categories based on three key factors: supplier performance, customer service, and product performance. EVG soared from the fifteenth position in 2011 to ranking fourth in 2012 in the 10 BEST Focused Suppliers category – the company's first-ever appearance on one of the two most important, aggregated 10 BEST Suppliers of Chip Making Equipment lists. In addition, its third-place spot among THE BEST Small Suppliers of Wafer Processing Equipment was a three-position jump from last year's survey results.
"We congratulate EV Group on achieving its first appearance within the top five of the 10 BEST list this year," said G. Dan Hutcheson, CEO of VLSI Research. "EVG continues to innovate and introduce leading-edge equipment for 3D IC semiconductor applications, while expanding and strengthening its position in new markets, such as LED manufacturing and optoelectronics. Moving up from 15th to 4th in our 10 BEST list of focused suppliers is an incredible accomplishment and signifies EV Group's solid focus on ensuring its customers receive best-of-class products and service."
"EV Group constantly evolves and implements new programs that raise the bar on delivering leading-edge equipment and service to our customers," said Hermann Waltl, EVG's executive sales and customer support director. "This year's achievements—a ranking in the top five of VLSIresearch's 10 BEST Focused Equipment Suppliers for the first time and again improving in THE BEST Small Suppliers of Wafer Manufacturing Equipment—reflect our commitment to ensuring all of our customers receive best-in-class service, support and solutions. We are honored to receive these awards, and we thank our customers for partnering with us to help create mutually beneficial working relationships."