GT Advanced Technologies Enters Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Intego GmbH for Automated Sapphire Inspection Tools

  GT Advanced Technologies Enters Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Intego
  GmbH for Automated Sapphire Inspection Tools

New tools will enable high volume sapphire material inspection, improve yields
             and lower cost for LED and cover screen applications

Business Wire

NASHUA, N.H. -- March 13, 2013

GT Advanced Technologies (NASDAQ: GTAT) today announced an exclusive
distribution agreement with Intego GmbH allowing GT to market and sell
Intego’s automated sapphire inspection tools including the Intego SIRIUS slab
and brick inspection tool and a sapphire cover inspection tool currently in
development. The new inspection tools are expected to increase the amount of
yielded material from sapphire boules and improve the throughput of material
during the inspection process thereby lowering the cost for growing and
fabricating sapphire for a variety of applications.

In addition, the inspection tools allow full material tracking by linking
inspection data with slab and brick layout to downstream computer numerical
control (CNC) machine tools. The tools are expected to benefit today’s LED
manufacturing industry and also help enable high volume, cost-sensitive
applications such as cover screen material for mobile and touch screen
devices. Terms of the agreement have not been released.

“Intego is a recognized leader in vision systems and material inspection in a
number of industries and we are pleased to be working with them to bring
automated sapphire inspection tools to market,” said Tom Gutierrez, GT’s
president and CEO. “The agreement gives us the ability to offer the LED and
mobile device industries important products that will lower cost and increase
productivity in their sapphire supply chains. Automating the sapphire material
inspection process will deliver more repeatable and consistent results that
drive greater throughput. This will help to lower the cost of sapphire for
high volume applications such as cover material for mobile and touch screen

The SIRIUS sapphire inspection tool was developed by Intego in collaboration
with GT’s engineering team utilizing the capabilities of GT’s sapphire R&D
facility in Salem, Massachusetts. Using advanced sapphire inspection
techniques and optimization algorithms, the SIRIUS tool can quickly provide an
optimized core or material layout on a sapphire slab and transfer that pattern
to the CNC machine tool. The sapphire screen inspection tool, when fully
developed, is expected to perform 2D and 3D inspection of sapphire screens and
windows to help characterize and track each piece through all downstream
production steps. GT will fully support the tools in the field through its
global service and support resources.

Intego GmbH, located in Erlangen, Germany, develops inspection systems for
automated production lines used in a number of industries including solar,
LED, automotive, plastics and medical technologies. For more information about
Intego visit

About GT Advanced Technologies Inc.

GT Advanced Technologies Inc. is a diversified technology company with
innovative crystal growth equipment and solutions for the global solar, LED
and electronics industries. Our products accelerate the adoption of new
advanced materials that improve performance and lower the cost of
manufacturing. For additional information about GT Advanced Technologies,
please visit

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain of the information in this press release relate to the Company’s
future expectations, plans and prospects for its business and industry that
constitute "forward-looking statements" for the purposes of the safe-harbor
provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including
but not limited to: the ability of the Company and Intego to successfully
execute the terms of their distribution agreement, the ability of the Intego
tools to meet their expected performance capabilities, the Company’s ability
to successfully market and sell the Intego tools to new and existing
customers. These forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance
and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which
are outside the Company's control, which could cause actual events to differ
materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. Other factors
that may cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or
implied by our forward-looking statements include the impact of continued
decreased demand and/or excess capacity in the markets for the output of our
solar and sapphire equipment, general economic conditions and the tightening
credit market having an adverse impact on demand for the Company’s products,
the possibility that changes in government incentives may reduce demand for
solar products, which would, in turn, reduce demand for our equipment,
technological changes could render existing products or technologies obsolete,
the Company may be unable to protect its intellectual property rights,
competition from other manufacturers may increase, exchange rate fluctuations
and conditions in the credit markets and economy may reduce demand for the
Company's products and various other risks as outlined in GT Advanced
Technologies Inc.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
including the statements under the heading "Risk Factors" in the company's
report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012. Statements in
this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors.
The statements in this press release represent GT Advanced Technologies Inc.'s
expectations and beliefs as of the date of this press release. GT Advanced
Technologies Inc. anticipates that subsequent events and developments may
cause these expectations and beliefs to change. GT Advanced Technologies Inc.
is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to,
update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events, or otherwise.


GT Advanced Technologies
Jeff Nestel-Patt, 603-204-2883
GT Advanced Technologies
Ryan Flaim, 603-681-3869
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