OYAMA, JAPAN, FEBRUARY 25, 2008 — Gigaphoton Inc., a major lithography light source manufacturer for the global semiconductor industry, today announced its expansion in the U.S. with its subsidiary, Gigaphoton USA Inc., to be located in Beaverton, Oregon. Slated to open this April, Gigaphoton USA Inc. is set to substantially strengthen support for the company’s growing U.S. customer base. This expansion follows on the heels of heightened adoption of Gigaphoton’s laser light sources by several major U.S. device manufacturers, and the impending growth opportunities the U.S. market yields. With 40% share worldwide, Gigaphoton continues to achieve dominance in the laser light source market – gaining momentum year-over-year.
Heading Gigaphoton USA Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer will be Hitoshi Tomaru. In this role, Tomaru is responsible for all U.S. operations. Prior to this appointment, he most recently served as Gigaphoton’s corporate vice president and the general manager for U.S. and Europe operations where he oversaw market development in the U.S., sales and support. Prior to joining Gigaphoton, Tomaru held various high-level and general management positions at Komatsu, Ltd.
“With one-fifth of the worldwide market in the U.S., we’re fully committed to establishing our presence in the microlithography arena here, not only to enhance our support capabilities for our current customer base, but also to reach the new opportunities the market continues to hold,” said Tomaru. As a result, Gigaphoton remains committed to developing superior light source solutions to enable the product roadmaps of our U.S. customers.”
Currently, Gigaphoton has customer support bases in Fishkill, New York, Austin, Texas and Newberg, Oregon. The new Beaverton facility will replace the present office in Newberg—providing service and support for the existing laser in the U.S., customer training and technical support for U.S. customers.
Gigaphoton Inc. was founded in 2000 as a joint venture of Komatsu Ltd., the world’s No. 2 construction machinery manufacturer, and Ushio Inc., the world’s No. 1 lithography lamp manufacturer. Since then, Gigaphoton has been developing and marketing user-friendly, highly innovative laser light sources that make a great contribution to lithography technology so as to meet the stringent requirements of the ultra-fine circuit patterns of the gigabit era, and is delivering them to major lithography tool suppliers in the global semiconductor industry. As the world’s no. 2 excimer laser light source manufacturer, Gigaphoton holds a strong position in the Asian market, including Japan, while also continuing to enjoy rapid growth in the U.S. and European markets. More information about Gigaphoton can be found on the company’s website athttp://www.gigaphoton.com.
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