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New incarnation of Electrotech as Sumitomo merges STS with Aviza

19 October 2009 | By Mark Osborne | News > Wafer Processing

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The DNA of long departed equipment supplier, Electrotech would seem to have been reborn with the decision of Sumitomo Precision Products to merge recently acquired Aviza Technology assets with Surface Technology Systems (STS), into a new division called SPP Process Technology Systems (SPTS). Both acquired companies have technology originally developed by Electrotech.

"SPP is excited to reunite STS and Aviza, both with common lineage from Electrotech Equipment Ltd, after so many years of separation," remarked Susumu Kaminaga, President of SPP and Chairman of SPTS. "As we broaden our product line through this acquisition we feel all STS and Aviza customers in MEMS, compound semiconductor, advanced packaging, data storage and power device industries will benefit from more technology options from one supplier, with enhanced global service and support."

"We appreciate that Aviza customers have had concerns about the long term stability of the company over the past 6 to 9 months," noted William Johnson, President of SPTS and Director of Corporate Strategy for STS. “Now through the merger of STS and Aviza we believe we offer a technically strong and financially sound business that is focused on our customers and the enabling technologies of tomorrow. In addition, we look forward to providing factory certified parts, upgrades, service, and additional systems to the thermal products customers of Aviza with the same experienced Scotts Valley team that has served them in the past under the Watkins Johnson, SVG, and Aviza brands."

A new business unit, Thermal Products Division, will also be established in the USA, which will focus on supporting Aviza's existing vertical furnace and APCVD customers. Sumitomo did not acquire the atomic layer deposition (ALD) systems business of Aviza.

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