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Posted: Jan 19, 2011
Altatech Semiconductor Earns ISO 9001 Certification
(Nanowerk News) Solidifying its status as an efficient and reliable partner for its customers and strategic partners, Altatech Semiconductor S.A. has gained ISO 9001:2008 certification for all operations at its headquarters in southeastern France. The quality-management certification covers all of the company's design, development, manufacturing and sales activities concerning equipment and associated services for global microelectronics markets.
Developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the ISO 9000 family of standards represents an internationally recognized protocol for quality management. The ISO 9001:2008 standard focuses on enhancing customer satisfaction and establishing products' compliance with the requirements of users and regulatory groups.
"With this ISO certification, Altatech can improve its product quality and performance faster. Implementing this continuous improvement approach further increases our operating efficiencies while also reducing waste. Our closed-loop management system enables a more responsive organization to increase customer satisfaction," said Fabienne Guennou, manufacturing and services director at Altatech Semiconductor.
Over the past 18 months, Altatech Semiconductor's research, development and production processes for its wafer-inspection, CVD and inkjet-printing products were thoroughly assessed by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance, an accredited ISO organization. All non-conformities were analyzed and resolved, with key performance indicators put into place to avoid any recurrence.
To support its continuous improvement program, Altatech Semiconductor conducted employee training and hired an in-house quality assurance manager and external consultants. Evaluations of the company's quality management systems are conducted each month by in-house personnel and annually by external auditors.
The ISO 9001:2008 certification is scheduled for renewal in three years.
About Altatech Semiconductor S.A.
Incorporated in 2004, Altatech Semiconductor manufactures wafer inspection and analysis, liquid-vaporization CVD, and nanoprinting equipment at its headquarters facility near Grenoble, France's epicenter of microelectronics production. Led by a management team with more than 30 years of experience in the semiconductor equipment industry, the company is focused on helping customers to achieve the fastest design-to-market cycle times for products serving the emerging semiconductor, MEMS and nanotechnology markets. For more information, visit www.altatech-sc.com.