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SPTS Technologies Named Anchor Company by Welsh Government

ESTnet Premier Member SPTS Technologies, a supplier of advanced wafer processing solutions for the global semiconductor industry and related markets has been awarded Anchor Company status by the Welsh Government. With 44 companies on the list, the Anchor Company program was designed to acknowledge prominent global businesses based across Wales.

SPTS serves a customer base spanning Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America through its 10 global offices. It employs 500 people world-wide, with 248 employees based in the United Kingdom. In recent years, the rapid growth and expansion of the company has resulted in numerous awards, including the 2013 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, the Made in Wales Manufacturer of the Year, and the number two spot on the Sunday Times Profit Track 100.

“By awarding us anchor status, the Welsh Government is acknowledging SPTS as one of their key employers and contributors to the economy” said Kevin Crofton, executive vice president and chief operating officer at SPTS Technologies. “We owe this success to the loyalty and commitment of all our employees.”

Economy Minister Edwina Hart said: "I congratulate SPTS on its achievements and success and I am delighted they are joining the Welsh Government’s anchor company programme which acknowledges economically and strategically important companies that we work with in Wales to create jobs, growth and wealth within the Welsh economy. On a recent visit to their facility, I saw the operational scope and complexity of the high-tech semiconductor equipment that processes silicon wafers that are eventually used for microelectronic devices in smart phones, tablets and automotive sensors. With their technology and products exported around the world, SPTS is a strong example of Welsh manufacturing excellence at its best, creating employment for highly-skilled talents within the technology sector here.”