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KLA-Tencor expands in Asia with new Singapore facility

Posted: 20 May 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:manufacturing facility? Singapore operation? Asia market?

KLA-Tencor has opened its new facility in Singapore designed to expand its high-precision manufacturing and well as expand it training, sales and corporate functions.

The 17,400m? building provides cleanroom space for manufacturing the company's process control products, with ample room for future expansion. These products are used in every semiconductor fab worldwide, and the latest systems can detect nanometer-scale defects and anomalies on the wafers used to make the most advanced chips.

"We started our manufacturing in Singapore two years ago, and the remarkable success of this operation laid the groundwork for our new expansion here," said Rick Wallace, CEO of KLA-Tencor. "This new facility is a major step forward for KLA-Tencor in diversifying our process control product manufacturing and supplier relationships into Asia, where a growing percentage of our customer base is located. Singapore is an important regional hub and offers compelling advantages for our future business operations."

The new Singapore operation is key to KLA-Tencor's global business strategy, by continuing to increase the company's local presence in Asia, where approximately 70 percent of customers' operations are located.

Dan Lee, president of KLA-Tencor Southeast Asia, said, "Expanding in Singapore offers the opportunity to optimize our global strategy by transitioning selected activities to this new facility, both now and in the future. Our Singapore operation is a key part of KLA-Tencor's globalization efforts, putting us closer to customers with the ability to improve our responsiveness to changing customer requirements and market conditions."

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