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ESTnet Premier Member Achieves $1B Export Sales of Semiconductor Equipment

SPTS_OrbitechSPTS Technologies, an Orbotech company and supplier of advanced wafer processing solutions for the global semiconductor and related industries has announced that it has surpassed U.S. $1 billion in cumulative export sales of semiconductor processing equipment from its manufacturing headquarters in Newport, South Wales. This milestone was achieved over the past six years since the founding of SPTS in 2009.

SPTS has been pioneering advanced wafer processing technologies for semiconductor and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) device manufacturing from its headquarters in Newport. With support from the Welsh Government Research, Development and Innovation (“RD&I”) funding, SPTS continues to develop its industry leading process solutions for Advanced Packaging applications, including Fan-out Wafer Level Packaging and Plasma Dicing of wafers for higher yield device singulation.

Kevin CroftonCommenting on this achievement, Kevin Crofton, President of SPTS Technologies and Corporate VP at Orbotech, remarked: “SPTS has a long history of innovation in the new wafer processing technologies for the global semiconductor and micro-electronics manufacturing industries, with Advanced Packaging remaining a strategic and high growth segment of our business. Our proven ability to develop and commercialise new products and solutions has been key to achieving our first billion dollar export sales milestone. In 2014, SPTS was awarded significant research and development funding from the Welsh Government in support of a three-year project, which will assist us in ensuring that the Advanced Packaging solutions developed in Newport by our research and development team will continue to provide customers around the world with the most technically advanced and low-cost-of-ownership solutions available in the marketplace.”

Welsh Minister for Economy, Science and Transport Edwina Hart said, “SPTS Technologies has a track record of identifying niches and successfully exploiting them, and was awarded Anchor Company status by the Welsh Government in recognition of its strategic importance to the Welsh economy in terms of exports, job creation, R&D investment and supply chain support. This $1 billion exports milestone is a tremendous achievement, and I congratulate the company on not only reaching, but surpassing, this significant milestone which represents a major boost for Welsh export sales and the economy.”