DANBURY, Conn. and TOKYO, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- ATMI Japan K. K., a
wholly-owned subsidiary of ATMI, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATMI) and Nissan Chemical
Industries, Ltd. today announced the signing of an agreement granting Nissan
Chemical an exclusive right to manufacture, distribute, and sell certain of
ATMI's wafer cleaning chemicals in Japan. ATMI provides specialty materials
and services to the worldwide semiconductor industry. Nissan Chemical
specializes in chemical manufacture and has developed a strong market presence
in electronic materials in Japan and Asia.
ATMI and Nissan Chemical have cooperated for three years to introduce ATMI
photolithography residue remover and wafer cleaning chemicals to Japanese
semiconductor and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) device manufacturers.
Japan-based manufacturing is an important element of ATMI Japan's strategy to
serve the domestic customer. Qualification of the first phase of Nissan
Chemical's manufacturing plant in Toyama is complete; the plant is expected to
be fully operational in September 2002.
ATMI has developed numerous proprietary cleaning chemical solutions in
response to customer requirements. The formulations are optimized for advanced
designs and for use with emerging copper and low-k-based semiconductor
technologies. Several major semiconductor manufacturers in Asia and Japan have
selected ATMI's unique cleaning chemistries for copper and low-k commercial
The semiconductor manufacturing process modifies wafers by stacking
multiple chemical layers by numerous processes, which include thin film
chemical or physical vapor deposition, ion implantation, and photolithography.
Producing a completed semiconductor "chip" on a wafer may take more than
400 discrete process steps. The wafers need to be carefully cleaned with
specialty cleaning materials that selectively remove only unwanted materials
prior to starting each new step. Underlying circuits must be left untouched
when cleaning and removing extraneous particles and residues.
Nissan Chemical offers a wide range of unique products and materials
through a combination of traditional chemical synthesis and cutting-edge
technology. Outside of a strong presence in the LSI (large scale integration)
market with unique antireflective coatings and in the LCD market with unique
orientation layer materials, Nissan Chemical has a renowned presence in
agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, and a variety of specialty chemicals. Nissan
Chemical has created added value to their target markets through intensive
research and development efforts.
ATMI provides specialty materials and services to the worldwide
Located in Tokyo, ATMI Japan promotes ATMI products and services in
cooperation with its partners and provides selected ATMI products and services
to the semiconductor manufacturers. Nippon Sanso and ATMI are partnered to
provide safer and more productive process gas delivery systems; Nissan
Chemical and ATMI are partnered to provide liquid solutions used in cleaning
semiconductor wafers; Sanyo Chemical and ATMI are partnered to provide
chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) slurries.
Statements contained herein that relate to ATMI's future performance,
including, without limitation, statements with respect to ATMI's anticipated
results of operations or level of business for 2001 or any other future
period, are forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of
the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are
based on current expectations only and are subject to certain risks,
uncertainties, and assumptions, including, but not limited to: changes in
semiconductor industry growth or ATMI's markets; competition, problems, or
delays developing and commercializing new products; problems or delays in
integrating acquired operations and businesses into ATMI; problems or delays
associated with any restructuring activity; and other factors discussed in
ATMI's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such risks and
uncertainties could cause actual results to differ from those projected. ATMI
undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
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CO: ATMI, Inc.
ST: Connecticut, Japan
IN: CHM ARO
-0- Dec/03/2001 21:13 GMT
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