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DuPont Photomasks push cost reduction plans

Posted: 10 Dec 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:photomask? microimaging? reticle technology? micron technology?

DuPont Photomasks Inc., a provider of microimaging solutions, has announced its plans aimed towards reducing costs, improving productivity, and enhance customer service.

The company intends to streamline its European operations by consolidating photomask production in Rousset, France and Hamburg, Germany into its manufacturing facility in Corbeil, France. As part of these initiatives, DuPont Photomasks plans to decommission several production lines and relocate other equipment within its global manufacturing network.

In Europe, the company plans to produce photomasks supporting 180nm and below design rules in a new, advanced commercial production facility in Dresden, Germany, announced earlier this year. Operations in Dresden are scheduled to begin by Q2 of fiscal year 2004. The Rousset and Hamburg facilities, on the other hand, will continue to serve as front-end regional centers for technical and sales support, critical functions required to maintain world-class customer service and on-time delivery.

The company anticipates completing consolidation of the European operations within 10 months. These initiatives are expected to reduce the global workforce by approximately 8 percent, or 140 positions, once fully implemented.

Additionally, the company will reduce its global workforce by approximately 2 percent, or 30 positions, in Round Rock, Texas. These reductions will result in improved efficiencies as the company integrates the Round Rock-based employees from its commercial production facility with those from its joint venture R&D center, the DPI Reticle Technology Center (RTC). The RTC has been focused on developing advanced photomask technologies since its inception in 1996 and is owned equally by DuPont Photomasks, AMD, Micron Technology, and Motorola.

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