VILLACH, Austria -- The SEZ Group today announced it has taken over majority ownership of its joint venture in Japan to expand its customer base in the Japanese chip industry. The Austrian supplier of spin-on tools and wafer-surface conditioning products now holds an 80% stake in SEZ Japan, its joint venture with Sumisho Electronic Devices.
"The top three Japanese chip manufacturers currently account for the majority of our installed tool base, and the future growth potential in the market is virtually unlimited," said Herwig Petschnig, chief operating officer of SEZ. He said the majority stake in SEZ Japan is part of the company's overall efforts to expand its presence throughout the Asian region.
"Japan has always been an important market for our spin-processing equipment and we expect to increase our presence there as the industry changes to 300-mm wafers processing," Petschnig said. The company said it currently has 100 systems installed in Japan, including 200- and 300-mm tools.