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Posted: Mar 30, 2012

SUSS MicroTec Acquires Tamarack Scientific and Expands Technology Competence in Photolithography

(Nanowerk News) SUSS MicroTec, a leading supplier of equipment and process solutions for the semiconductor industry and related markets, announces the acquisition of Tamarack Scientific Co. Inc. (Tamarack), Corona, California, USA. Today both parties signed a corresponding purchase agreement. The agreement stipulates the purchase of 100% of Tamarack's shares for a total price of $ 9.34 million plus an additional variable earn-out component which depends on the development of revenues for the upcoming three financial years.
The requirement for more functionality and higher performance of electronic devices drives the increasing performance needs for semiconductor components and higher complexity at the same time. This trend will prevail in the future requiring the adoption of innovative technologies in the semiconductor backend. In the last two years necessary initiatives were undertaken to focus and reposition SUSS MicroTec to ensure that the company will remain in a position to respond to market and customer requirements in a fast and flexible manner. A further strategic step is the recent acquisition of Tamarack Scientific.
Tamarack develops, manufactures and distributes UV projection lithography systems as well as laser micro-structuring tools for the Advanced Packaging, 3D Integration, MEMS and LED markets. These systems are used in high volume industrial manufacturing as well as research and development. With the acquisition of Tamarack, SUSS MicroTec is pursuing a consolidation strategy in the semiconductor backend equipment industry by complementing its exposure technology portfolio with projection lithography.
'With this acquisition, we enlarge our company's lithography segment by adding a new product line and core technology, both of which are highly complementary to our existing exposure capability.' says Frank P. Averdung, President and CEO of SÜSS MicroTec AG. 'SUSS MicroTec thereby becomes the leading backend lithography equipment and solution provider by offering the most comprehensive set of products and technologies to the market. This enables us to uniquely satisfy a range of customer's needs and allows us to offer a broad product range to meet the different price and performance points required by the industry.'
'We are pleased to become a part of SUSS MicroTec, a company with a strong market position in semiconductor backend lithography, a global sales and service infrastructure as well as a solid financial position. Together with SUSS MicroTec, we can now expand our lithography and laser processing systems business faster and more successfully in our target markets.' says Courtney Sheets, Chairman and CEO of Tamarack Scientific.
About SUSS MicroTec
SUSS MicroTec is a leading supplier of equipment and process solutions for microstructuring in the semiconductor industry and related markets. In close cooperation with research institutes and industry partners SUSS MicroTec contributes to the advancement of next-generation technologies such as 3D Integration and nano imprint lithography as well as key processes for MEMS and LED manufacturing. With a global infrastructure for applications and service SUSS MicroTec supports more than 8,000 installed systems worldwide. SUSS MicroTec is headquartered in Garching near Munich, Germany. For more information, please visit http://www.suss.com .
About Tamarack Scientific
Founded in 1966 and headquartered in Southern California, Tamarack Scientific is an industry leading developer of industrial laser processing and photolithography systems which are used to micro-fabricate a wide range of advanced electronic technology products for the world's leading technology companies in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Tamarack designs and engineers systems with the capability to provide reliable turnkey 24/7 solutions in many different industrial sectors, specifically tailored to address each of its customers unique needs. For more information, visit the company's website at www.tamsci.com .
Source: SUSS MicroTec (press release)
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