January 29, 2008 — /PRNewswire/ — TOKYO, JAPAN — TAZMO Co., Ltd. and Silecs, Inc. today announced an extension of their existing partnership that allows them to co-market their respective solutions to mutual customers. Under the terms of the agreement, Silecs’ silicon-based materials and TAZMO’s coating equipment are now available as a mutually optimized solution to help manufacturers of semiconductors and liquid crystal displays (LCDs) accelerate the integration of these solutions into their advanced manufacturing processes. Silecs and TAZMO will jointly exhibit their products at this week’s SEMICON Korea trade show in Seoul, Korea.
The co-marketing agreement follows extensive collaboration between both companies on spin-coating and slit-coating process development for IC and LCD applications. In January 2007, TAZMO placed its spin-coating system at Silecs’ electronic materials production and demonstration facilities in Espoo, Finland to run wafer demos for both companies’ semiconductor customers.
“We are seeing strong demand for silicon-based materials in both semiconductor and LCD manufacturing, and we are pleased to be working with Silecs as a technology leader in this area,” says Takahiro Katayama, new business development manager of TAZMO. “Used together with advanced materials, our spin-coating and slit-coating equipment provide high-performance solutions to manufacturers of semiconductor devices and flat panel displays.”
“Our expanded collaboration with TAZMO will provide our mutual customers with a comprehensive solution set that combines the materials, tools, and processes they need to integrate these solutions into their devices,” says Jack Kokko, Silecs’ CEO. “The alliance with this leading supplier of semiconductor process equipment helps us to better support our microelectronics customers worldwide.”
About TAZMO Co., Ltd.
Established in 1972, TAZMO is headquartered in Ibara, Okayama Prefecture, Japan with 7 manufacturing facilities. The company is the manufacturer of the world’s best selling SOG, SOD coaters. In addition, TAZMO is an OEM contract manufacturer of EFEMs, process modules, wafer and substrate handling systems, and complete turn key assembly. Innovative wafer and substrate handling equipment includes our edge grip end effectors and edge hold aligner combined with a complete line of robots for high speed repeatable placement.
About Silecs, Inc.
Headquartered in Mountain View, CA, Silecs, Inc. provides enabling materials for the microelectronics industry. Silecs’ products are used primarily in semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturing, giving customers improved performance, density, and yield for their devices, and reduced overall production costs. Silecs is committed to supplying high-purity materials that consistently meet customers’ stringent requirements. Silecs, Inc. is a privately held company backed by leading institutional investors.