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SV Probe opens probe card factory in Vietnam

Posted: 14 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:probe card? Vietnam factory? R&D?

Ellipsiz subsidiary SV Probe has opened its new 4,000m? probe card factory at the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. Probe cards serve as interface tools in the testing of semiconductor wafers.

The factory, which started initial production in September, is the company's largest probe card manufacturing facility to date. The new facility is capable of producing both Cantilever and Vertical probe cards, and is projected to have a total annual capacity of 4 million probe points over a multi year ramp. This is more than twice the production capacity as its first factory in Vietnam, which started in 2003. The older factory was closed in September 2007 and all its employees and production capacity has been consolidated into the new factory.

Kevin Kurtz, executive VP of Ellipsiz and CEO of SV Probe, said "Our Vietnam factory will be the center of manufacturing excellence to help us strengthen our production capacity and delivery competence with better cost efficiency."

"Probe cards continue to be a key engine that drives our business growth. We see Asia as an important market for us and having a more significant presence here will better position ourselves to tap on the growth in this region," stated Xavier Chong, Chairman and CEO of Ellipsiz.

The new factory is expected to employ up to 800 people, including design and R&D engineers. The total investment in the new factory, including facility construction and equipment outfitting, is projected to be between $5 and $6 million over the next few years.

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