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Chasing the $100 million Fab Automation Business

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The need for higher and more sophisticated levels of automation for advanced 200mm facilities and the new wave of 300mm fabs is creating a market place that requires companies providing automation products and services to meet these challenges head on. This is a sector that is populated by many highly specialised companies. However these companies are either small in size, or are divisions of larger corporations, and are concentrated only on a few of the areas required to complete fab automation projects. To that end a US based company, Brooks Automation, has been on an aggressive trail of acquisitions and product rollouts since 1998 to position themselves as the major automation systems provider worldwide.

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