Tegal Signs Distributor Agreement With Noah Corporation of Japan
Exclusive Agreement With Noah Assuming All Tegal Sales and Support Operations in Japan
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tegal Corporation (Nasdaq:TGAL), a leading designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems used in the production of integrated circuits and nanotechnology devices, today announced that it has signed a distributor agreement with Noah Corporation of Japan. The exclusive agreement, which covers an initial three-year period, calls for Noah to assume responsibility for Tegal’s sales and field service support for all existing and future customers in Japan.
“We are very excited about taking on the Tegal product line in Japan”
“We believe it is a good time to enhance our sales coverage to better meet the strong opportunities in the Japanese market for Tegal’s etch and PVD equipment,” said Thomas Mika, President and CEO of Tegal. “We have a high degree of confidence that Noah will contribute materially to Tegal’s continued expansion in Japan where we have a long history of direct operations. In addition, the retention of our own field service engineers by Noah guarantees a high level of support and continuity to our existing customer base. This agreement is consistent with the strategy of enhancing our distribution throughout Asia, a key growth region for Tegal.”
“We are very excited about taking on the Tegal product line in Japan,” said Hiroshi Tabira, President and CEO of Noah Corporation. “Tegal’s etch and PVD tools are well-suited to the needs of Japanese device manufacturers, especially those which are focused on consumer electronics, cell phones and other wireless products. Tegal has an excellent brand name in Japan and we believe that our partnership together in this business will be good for both companies.“
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Tegal provides process and equipment solutions to leading edge suppliers of advanced semiconductor and nanotechnology devices. Incorporating unique, patented etch and deposition technologies, Tegal’s system solutions are backed by over 35 years of advanced development and over 100 patents. Some examples of devices enabled by Tegal technology are energy efficient memories found in portable computers, cellphones, PDAs and RFID applications; megapixel imaging chips used in digital and cellphone cameras; power amplifiers for portable handsets and wireless networking gear; and MEMS devices like accelerometers for automotive airbags, microfluidic control devices for ink jet printers; and laboratory-on-a-chip medical test kits.
For more information about Tegal Corporation, visit: www.tegal.com.
Noah Corporation is a full-service trading company of semiconductor front-end, back-end, metrology and analytical equipment in Japan, offering complete sales, distribution and technical support services for its portfolio companies. In addition, Noah provides installation and maintenance support for both new and refurbished tools, outsourcing, technical support and advisory services. Noah was founded in 2001 and listed on the Nagoya “Centrex” exchange in 2005.
For more information about Noah Corporation, visit: www.noah-corp.com.