MILPITAS, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 20, 2007— Nanometrics Incorporated (Nasdaq: NANO), a leading supplier of advanced integrated and standalone metrology equipment to the semiconductor industry, today announced it has established Nanometrics' South Korea facility as its global manufacturing center for overlay metrology.
Overlay metrology, or the measurement of the registration of
sequential layers during the semiconductor manufacturing process, is a
key enabler for next-generation lithography and represents one of four
core market segments for Nanometrics, including optical critical
dimension (CD) scatterometry, film thickness measurement and
As part of Nanometrics' growth strategy, the company is
consolidating worldwide overlay manufacturing into one location in
Asia. Nanometrics is transferring all manufacturing and product
engineering out of its Concord, Mass. facility, attained when
Nanometrics acquired Soluris in March 2006. As a result, the IVS
product line, including the recently-introduced IVS 185(TM), will join
the Orion and Caliper systems already being manufactured in South
Korea. Scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2007, the
transfer will result in cost savings of more than $1 million annually.
After the consolidation is complete, Nanometrics will have
-- An Asian manufacturing center exclusively dedicated to overlay
-- One hundred percent of overlay product manufacturing in a
-- Overlay product engineering and development capability in
South Korea; and
-- Advanced overlay development by Nanometrics' engineering team
in York, England.
Bert Plambeck, director of overlay product marketing, said, "By
consolidating our overlay manufacturing operations into one central
facility in Asia, we are able to focus dedicated resources and improve
manufacturing systems, providing our customers with enhanced product
consistency, reliability and overall quality. We see this convergence
as a key factor in our ability to continue to provide best-in-class
overlay metrology systems to our customers worldwide."
About Nanometrics: Nanometrics is a leader in the design,
manufacture and marketing of high-performance process control
metrology systems used in semiconductor manufacturing. Nanometrics
metrology systems measure various thin film properties, critical
dimensions, overlay control and optical, electrical and material
properties, including the structural composition of silicon and
compound semiconductor devices, during various steps of the
manufacturing process. These systems enable semiconductor
manufacturers to improve yields, increase productivity and lower their
manufacturing costs. The Company maintains its headquarters in
Milpitas, California, with sales and service offices worldwide.
Nanometrics is traded on NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol NANO.
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