Gigaphoton Awarded “Best Supplier” by Two Major Foundries in Taiwan

Innovations Such as Inert Gas Reduction Technologies Win High Recognition

Oyama, Japan; February 17, 2016 -- Gigaphoton Inc. (Head Office: Oyama, Tochigi; President & CEO: Hitoshi Tomaru), a leading manufacturer of light sources used in lithography, has announced that two major foundries in Taiwan - United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) have recognized Gigaphoton with supplier awards.

In recognition of its contribution to proactive efforts in reducing the consumption of inert gas, on November 10, 2015 Gigaphoton was recognized with a "Creative Award" by UMC, which is one of the world's prominent foundries. Shortly after, on December 23, 2015 Fab 12B, one of the manufacturing sites of TSMC, the world’s largest foundry, praised Gigaphoton Taiwan (Gigaphoton's local subsidiary in Hsinchu City) for its consistently excellent support services with a "Best Service Support" award.

These awards attest to Gigaphoton's excellence in contributing to the reduction of environmental costs as well as providing ongoing support. Specifically, Gigaphoton was recognized for reducing environmental costs for users by proactively supplying eTGM technology, which enables customers to significantly reduce the consumption of neon and other inert gases used as laser light sources. Simultaneously, the company is also recognized for supplying outstanding ongoing support to ensure stable operation of the company's laser equipment.

Hitoshi Tomaru, President and CEO of Gigaphoton says, "We are extremely honored and thankful to receive these awards from two of Taiwan's world-leading foundries in 2015, which also happens to coincide with Gigaphoton's 15th anniversary. As a result of the support of such companies, we forecast that Gigaphoton will capture over 50% share of the market in FY 2015, a continuance from FY 2014 results. Not only are we filled with a sense of gratitude, but also feel greater responsibility to making a global contribution. We intend to work vigorously towards providing technologies and products that are useful to customers in FY 2016 as well."

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