Lam Research and Manz AG Begin Operations of Joint Venture Talus Manufacturing in Taiwan

09/06/2016 08:30:00 CEST

  • Talus enables greater proximity and service to customers in region
  • Global Refurbishment Center to upgrade and refurbish Lam’s production equipment for the semiconductor industry

Lam Research Corporation (Nasdaq: LRCX), an advanced manufacturer of semiconductor equipment and Manz AG, a high tech equipment contract manufacturer, today announced that they have begun operations of their joint venture, Talus Manufacturing Ltd., a global refurbishment center in Taiwan. Talus Manufacturing will upgrade and refurbish Lam’s semiconductor manufacturing equipment to fulfill customer demands in Taiwan and globally.
“Manz AG, a well-established Lam qualified supplier, has proven semiconductor expertise, an established presence in Asia, and meets Lam’s high quality standards,” said Tim Archer, COO, Lam Research. “The refurbishment center will continue to strengthen Lam’s manufacturing presence throughout the Asia region. Talus Manufacturing enhances our ability to meet customer demands for both advanced technology and previous generation nodes with improved flexibility, more rapid response, and shorter lead times.”
With the realization of the Internet of Things, or IoT, as well as demand for more diverse applications, semiconductor manufacturers are extending fab productivity by developing alternative solutions for the market that utilize older generation products. As these markets thrive, Talus will enable Lam to more quickly and efficiently serve this growing market.

“The operational start of the joint venture is the continuation of our long and successful cooperation with Lam Research,” said Dieter Manz, CEO and founder of Manz AG. “With Talus, we are strengthening our operating business in Asia and can use our available capacities in Taiwan more efficiently. Overall, this will contribute to improved profitability in Asia as well as at the Group level. We are looking forward to a successful collaboration with Lam Research.”

Lam Research provides a full suite of services to restore used equipment to original specifications with guaranteed performance as well as build new legacy tools, which significantly reduces chipmakers’ risk and uncertainty. Technology from leading edge applications is used both in Lam’s newly built older-model systems as well as for the company’s refurbished systems. This extends capability beyond the technology nodes originally addressed, which lowers the cost of ownership. Lam’s equipment addresses 200 mm and smaller wafer sizes and 300 mm semi-critical and non-critical applications.

Manz AG is the majority shareholder in Talus Manufacturing.

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