Singapore National Environment Agency Offers Grant to UMC for Using Edwards’ Environmentally-Friendly Dry Vacuum Pump

  Singapore National Environment Agency Offers Grant to UMC for Using Edwards’
  Environmentally-Friendly Dry Vacuum Pump

 Edwards and UMC collaborated to apply for a grant from Singapore’s National
                       Environment Agency GREET project

Business Wire

SINGAPORE & CRAWLEY, England -- January 22, 2013

Edwards Group Limited (NASDAQ: EVAC), a leading manufacturer of sophisticated
vacuum products and abatement systems and a leading provider of related
value-added services, today announced that United Microelectronics Corporation
(UMC) (NYSE: UMC/TWSE: 2303) has received a grant offer from Singapore
National Environment Agency. The Grant of Energy Efficiency Technologies
(GREET) incentive is being offered for UMC’s use of Edwards’
environmentally-friendly iXL120 dry vacuum pump.

According to Kirel Tang, General Manager for Edwards’ Southeast Asia
operations, “We worked closely with the Singapore Branch of UMC on their
submission. We are delighted that they achieved this recognition, which is the
first for a vacuum pump, and we look forward to a partnership of continued
success.”

As part of their long-standing relationship, Edwards and UMC’s Singapore
Branch worked collaboratively to apply for this grant. Singapore’s National
Environment Agency (NEA) sanctioned this grant under the GREET (Grant for
Energy Efficient Technologies) project. With the offer of this grant, Edwards’
iXL120 is the first dry vacuum pump to gain this recognition for its
environmentally friendly operation.

The iXL120 replaces older-generation Edwards’ pumps, and will decrease
operating costs by reducing energy consumption and maintenance requirements.
Their selection process included a competitive evaluation of pumps from
various vendors.

“As a responsible corporate citizen, UMC is constantly upgrading its
facilities to achieve greener, more sustainable manufacturing,” said Johnson
Liu, Fab Operation Director at UMC’s Fab 12i in Singapore. “The transition to
the Edwards iXL120 pump is not only expected to result in more environmentally
friendly production for Fab 12i, but will help us reduce operating costs as
well.”

The compact, low energy iXL120 dry vacuum pump is one of the smallest and
lightest pumps available for load-lock and clean applications. The pumps’
Green Mode, in which power consumption is reduced by up to 95 percent, helps
lower both cost-of-ownership and environmental impact. The high-throughput
pump provides the fastest pump-down in its class; while its low energy
consumption, small footprint and minimal maintenance requirements help to
reduce its overall cost-of-ownership. Please visit: www.edwardsvacuum.com for
more information about the iXL120 dry vacuum pump.

About UMC

UMC (NYSE: UMC, TWSE: 2303) is a leading global semiconductor foundry that
provides advanced technology and manufacturing for applications spanning every
major sector of the IC industry. UMC’s customer-driven foundry solutions allow
chip designers to leverage the company's leading-edge processes, which include
28nm poly-SiON and gate-last high-K/metal gate technology, mixed
signal/RFCMOS, and a wide range of specialty technologies. Production is
supported through 10 wafer manufacturing facilities that include two advanced
300mm fabs; Fab 12A in Taiwan and Singapore-based Fab 12i. Fab 12A consists of
phases 1-4, which are in production for customer products down to 28nm.
Construction is underway for phases 5&6, with future plans for phases 7&8. The
company employs over 13,000 people worldwide and has offices in Taiwan, Japan,
Singapore, Europe, and the United States. UMC can be found on the web at
www.umc.com.

About Edwards

Edwards is a leading manufacturer of sophisticated vacuum products and
abatement systems and a leading provider of related value-added services for
the manufacture of semiconductors, flat panel displays, LEDs and solar cells
and a leader in vacuum technology for industrial, pharmaceutical, chemical,
scientific, process, glass coating and food packaging industries as well as a
wide range of R&D applications.

Edwards has over 3,300 full-time employees and over 600 temporary workers
operating in approximately 30 countries worldwide engaged in the design,
manufacture and support of high technology vacuum and exhaust management
equipment.

Edwards’ American Depositary Shares trade on The NASDAQ Global Select Market
under the symbol EVAC. Further information about Edwards can be found at
www.edwardsvacuum.com.

Contact:

Edwards
Company Contact:
Marie Tysall-Blay, +44 (0) 1293 603507
Marie.tysall-blay@edwardsvacuum.com
or
Agency Contact:
Sandy Fewkes, +1 408 224 4024
sandy@mind-write.com
 
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