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January 9, 2013

Watlow aquires Semiconductor Tooling Services

Gerald Ondrey

Watlow (St. Louis, Mo.;, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of complete thermal systems, announced today that it acquired Semiconductor Tooling Services, Inc. (STS; San Jose, Calif.) as a wholly-owned subsidiary. The terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.

STS is a leader in ion implant refurbishment, elastomer bonding and high-precision cleaning technologies. STS’ primary offering is the development and application of precision bonds between critical components in a process tool assembly. These bonds are responsible for adhesion, as well as to provide specific heat conducting properties. The acquisition will allow Watlow and STS to provide its shared customers a greater product offering and increased capabilities.

“We are pleased that STS is now a part of Watlow because it helps us provide even more value to our semiconductor customers,” says Tom LaMantia, Watlow’s president. “One of Watlow’s goals is to improve our domain knowledge and elevate our technical expertise in our strategic markets. This acquisition brings new expertise into the company and enables the development of higher quality, higher performing and higher value wafer processing assemblies. The ability to provide more comprehensive temperature management solutions enables our customers to improve their confidence in the thermal performance of a subsystem while also reducing their supply chain complexity.”


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