SOURCE: International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative

October 27, 2005 19:00 ET

ISMI Names Applied Materials Winner of Environmental Leadership Award

AUSTIN, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 27, 2005 -- The International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) today gave its first-time Supplier Environmental Leadership Award to Applied Materials, Inc. in recognition of Applied's dedication to resource conservation in the semiconductor equipment industry.

The award was presented to Bruce Klafter, Applied's Director for Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS), during a dinner that followed the day-long Energy Conservation Workshop, sponsored by ISMI. The workshop was held in conjunction with the 2005 ISMI Symposium on Manufacturing Effectiveness.

James Beasley, ISMI project engineer and workshop organizer, said the award recognizes suppliers who have significantly and consistently contributed to process equipment energy conservation initiatives. "Applied has demonstrated a sustained commitment to resource conservation for semiconductor manufacturing equipment," Beasley said.

Beasley added, "Applied has implemented effective internal processes to characterize and improve the environmental performance of their products, influenced industry standards for resource conservation, and demonstrated improved performance and roadmaps for their 300 mm semiconductor manufacturing equipment product lines."

ISMI is a global alliance of the world's major semiconductor manufacturers, dedicated to reducing cost per wafer, and ultimately cost per die, through cooperative programs focused on manufacturing effectiveness. The consortium conducts programs in manufacturing infrastructure, methods, standards, and productivity, with the aim of reducing the costs of producing finished wafers and chips and driving solutions to major productivity challenges. ISMI is a wholly owned subsidiary of SEMATECH of Austin, TX.

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