SAN JOSE, Calif. Unaxis Holding AG said that it plans to sell its assembly and packaging equipment unit in 2006, according to a report from AFX.
In the report, Thomas Limberger, chief executive of Unaxis, was quoted as saying that the Swiss company is also looking to divest the entire semiconductor equipment unit.
“As a company that wishes to position itself in the future in high tech engineering, we will see if we can sell our semiconductor business soon,” he said in the report.
It’s unclear if Unaxis will sell all or part of its troubled semiconductor equipment unit, which is losing money. For some time, the company’s backend equipment unit, ESEC, has been on the block, analysts said.
However, at a meeting in October, the board of Unaxis said that it would not sell the company's semiconductor-equipment business "regardless of the purchase offers that have been received." The related negotiations with potentially interested buyers had been discontinued at that time, according to Unaxis (Pfaffikon, Switzerland).
Rumors were running rampant about Unaxis’ fab-tool unit after a battle for control at the company and the appointment of a new CEO.