Furukawa to enter chip equipment biz

Jan. 23, 2002 – Tokyo, Japan – Furukawa Co. is set to launch a chipmaking equipment business, aiming for sales of one billion yen in the initial year.

The company enjoys the world’s top market share in high-purity arsenic metal, a material used for semiconductor compounds, reported the Financial Times.

The Furukawa group’s core company will produce equipment for metal organic chemical vapor deposition, as part of a line for thin film manufacturing.

Furukawa will install a demonstration system in March at its research center in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, to promote sales.

In FY02, it expects to sell five to seven models.

Furukawa is also considering starting a business to recycle waste arsenic produced in the process of making semiconductor compounds.


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