Amtech Systems' Tempress Subsidiary Announces Cleantech Award

        Amtech Systems' Tempress Subsidiary Announces Cleantech Award

PR Newswire

TEMPE, Ariz., Jan. 8, 2013

TEMPE, Ariz., Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:
ASYS), a global supplier of production and automation systems and related
supplies for the manufacture of solar cells, semiconductors, and sapphire and
silicon wafers, announced today that its subsidiary, Tempress Systems BV was
honored with "The WNF Cleantech Star 2012" award by the World Wide Fund for
Nature The Netherlands (WNF) during the third WNF Clean Tech Symposium in

The Cleantech Award is given to the most promising and distinctive company in
the field of sustainable clean energy in the Netherlands. It recognizes
Tempress Systems' innovative technologies which support the production of
higher efficiency solar cells and the company's ongoing focus on next
generation solutions for the advancement of solar energy. Higher efficiency
solar cells with lower costs will lead to further adoption of solar energy and
consequently massive reduction of CO2 emissions. In the development cycle
towards the high efficiency solar cells, Tempress successfully collaborated
with ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands), a leading research
institute for solar in the Netherlands and Yingli Green Energy Holding Company
Limited, a leading solar energy company and one of the world's largest
vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturers. In one year, new cell
technology invented by ECN was brought into production in joint effort by the
three parties and is now sold by Yingli under the brand name Panda.

Mr. Fokko Pentinga, Chief Executive Officer of Amtech, commented, "We are
honored and proud that we are being recognized for our leading-edge
technologies and our ongoing commitment to advancing solar technology. In
2012, we introduced our ion implant system and new tube-type batch PECVD as
next cycle solar technologies. Our ion implanter has allowed us to make
significant progress in process development. In 2013, we look forward to
furthering solar through continued investment in research and development
including the continued development of advanced P- and N-type cell
technology. Our goal is to continue to develop leading-edge technologies to
support our customers' pursuit of higher efficiency solar cells at a lower
total cost of ownership."

Further Dr. Albert Hasper, General Manager of Tempress Systems B.V. commented,
"Although the solar industry is suffering from huge overcapacities leading to
the severe downturn in the solar industry, Tempress committed itself to
continued investments in R&D and new technologies. This Cleantech award is an
extra motivation and incentive for Tempress and its employees."

Tempress was awarded the Cleantech award by Ab van der Touw, chairman of the
jury and CEO of Siemens in the Netherlands.

About Amtech Systems, Inc.

Amtech Systems, Inc. manufactures capital equipment, including silicon wafer
handling automation, thermal processing equipment and related consumables used
in fabricating solar cells, LED and semiconductor devices. Semiconductors, or
semiconductor chips, are fabricated on silicon wafer substrates, sliced from
ingots, and are part of the circuitry, or electronic components, of many
products including solar cells, computers, telecommunications devices,
automotive products, consumer goods, and industrial automation and control
systems. The Company's wafer handling, thermal processing and consumable
products currently address the diffusion, oxidation, and deposition steps used
in the fabrication of solar cells, LEDs, semiconductors, MEMS and the
polishing of newly sliced silicon wafers.

Amtech Systems, Inc.
Bradley C. Anderson
Chief Financial Officer
(480) 967-5146
Investor Relations
Patty Bruner
(480) 201-6075

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