BURGESS HILL, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Edwards Limited, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of integrated vacuum and abatement solutions, is now part of the newly-formed Vacuum Technique business area of Atlas Copco. Mike Allison has been appointed President of the Semiconductor division and Paul Rawlings is now President, Semiconductor Service division. Both Mike and Paul, report to Geert Follens, President of the Vacuum Technique business area within Atlas Copco.
"Mike Allison is a passionate business leader with deep and global experience from the semiconductor industry,” said Geert Follens, President of Vacuum Technique. “His proven track record in delivering strong business results through high-value solutions for our customers made him the best candidate for the position.”
Follens adds, “Paul Rawlings has a long history in the semiconductor industry with established relationships with key customers around the globe. He was an obvious choice to head our Semiconductor Service division. We wish them both great success.”
The new Vacuum Technique organization comprises 13 percent of Atlas Copco Group’s total business, and includes the Semiconductor, Semiconductor Service, Industrial Vacuum, High Vacuum and Vacuum Technique Service divisions. Major brands within the Semiconductor division include: Edwards and CSK.
Further information about Edwards can be found at www.edwardsvacuum.com
Edwards is a leading developer and manufacturer of sophisticated vacuum products, exhaust management systems and related value-added services. These are integral to manufacturing processes for semiconductors, flat panel displays, LEDs and solar cells; are used within an increasingly diverse range of industrial processes including power, glass and other coating applications, steel and other metallurgy, pharmaceutical and chemical; and for both scientific instruments and a wide range of R&D applications.
Edwards has over 4,000 employees worldwide engaged in the design, manufacture and support of high technology vacuum and exhaust management equipment. Edwards has state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Europe, Asia and North America.