EV Group Achieves Record Growth in Fiscal 2007 - Posting 30% Increase over 2006 in Order Intake and Revenue

ST. FLORIAN, AUSTRIA, November 6, 2007 - EV Group, a leading supplier of wafer-bonding and lithography equipment for the advanced packaging, 3D interconnect, MEMS, SOI (Silicon-On-Insulator), nanotechnology, compound semiconductor and silicon-based power devices markets, today announced that it achieved record financial results for fiscal 2007, ended Sept. 30.

The company realized a 30-percent overall increase in both revenue and order intake compared to fiscal 2006 - making 2007 its most successful year to date in its two decade-plus history, and serving as further evidence of EVG´s leadership in successfully delivering high-volume manufacturing solutions to its global customer base.

Follow-on orders in high-volume manufacturing applications - a fast-growing segment of EVG´s business - were a primary driver behind the 30-percent boost in orders. Another significant factor was new technologies, with advanced packaging applications, including thin-wafer handling and 3D interconnect, leading the surge. This market is of key significance to EVG´s technology portfolio; in 2006, the company co-founded the EMC-3D Consortium to create and help drive implementation of a cost-effective through-silicon via (TSV) process for chip stacking and packaging of MEMS/sensors.

The company also saw an overall increase in business for its coater, aligner and bonder solutions.
Commenting on the company´s record performance, EV Group Founder and Chief Executive Officer Erich Thallner, noted, "With these results, we have not only bested our own long-term targets, but we are also on track to outperform the semiconductor and related industry markets. To ensure our ability to help our customers achieve sustainable growth, we´ve implemented a number of crucial steps. During fiscal 2007, EVG strengthened its global headcount by 15 percent, bringing our total number of employees to more than 400. We also doubled our worldwide cleanroom capacity to enhance our process development and demonstration capabilities (up to Class 10); and expanded the manufacturing area at our corporate headquarters by 25 percent.
Additionally, as a total solution supplier, we furthered our goal of serving as a single source for customers´ wafer-processing needs by offering complementary products from our strategic partners. Together, these moves position us to continue satisfying customer requirements going forward, whether for next-generation process development or advanced production capabilities."

Indicative of the EVG´s customer-centric focus, this announcement closely follows the company´s fifth consecutive selection as one of the industry´s 10 BEST small suppliers of wafer-processing equipment in the annual customer-satisfaction survey conducted by San Jose, Calif.-based VLSI Research Inc. The company was ranked particularly high for quality of results and for its commitment to supporting customers´ needs.

About EV Group
EV Group (EVG) is a world leader in wafer-processing solutions for semiconductor, MEMS and nanotechnology applications. Through close collaboration with its global customers, the company implements its flexible manufacturing model to develop reliable, high-quality, low-cost-of-ownership systems that are easily integrated into customers’ fab lines. Key products include wafer bonding, lithography/nanoimprint lithography (NIL) and metrology equipment, as well as photoresist coaters, cleaners and inspection systems.

In addition to its dominant share of the market for wafer bonders, EVG holds a leading position in NIL and lithography for advanced packaging and MEMS. Along these lines, the company co-founded the EMC-3D consortium in 2006 to create and help drive implementation of a cost-effective through-silicon via (TSV) process for major ICs and MEMS/sensors. Other target semiconductor-related markets include silicon-on-insulator (SOI), compound semiconductor and silicon-based power-device solutions.

Founded in 1980, EVG is headquartered in St. Florian, Austria, and operates via a global customer support network, with subsidiaries in Tempe, AZ; Albany, NY; Yokohama and Fukuoka, Japan; Seoul, Korea and Chung-Li, Taiwan. The company's unique Triple i-approach (invent - innovate - implement) is supported by a vertical integration, allowing EVG to respond quickly to new technology developments, apply the technology to manufacturing challenges and expedite device manufacturing in high volume.

Contacts:
EV Group
Tel: +43 7712 5311 0
E-mail: Marketing@EVGroup.com

Marie Labrie
Vice President
MCA, Inc.
Tel: +1-650-968-8900, ext. 119
E-mail: mlabrie@mcapr.com

 

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