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December 1, 1997

Dainippon Screen to Build Technical Center in Taiwan
Strengthening its Semiconductor-Related Service Network

Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd., (headquarters: Kyoto, Japan; president:Akira Ishida) has finalized plans to build a combined technical center/office facility on a site adjacent to the Hsiu-chu Science Park in Taiwan, with the aim of enhancing its technical service capabilities. Construction will start in February 1998, with operations scheduled to begin in October of the same year.

The new facility, a three-story building, will include a semiconductor fabrication equipment showroom and training rooms to instruct service personnel and demonstrate equipment to customers. The facility will occupy 1,300 square meters of a 2,000-square-meter site and require a capital investment of 1 billion yen. Initially, the facility will employ approximately 40 people. Dainippon Screen plans to use the Hsiu-chu facility to enhance sales of coaters/developers, scrubbers and wet stations.

Capital investment for the new facility will be made through subsidiary Dainippon Screen (Taiwan) Co., Ltd., which built a technical center in May 1995 to capitalize on projected growth in the Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturing equipment market. Dainippon Screen is confident that the new Hsiu-chu technical center/office facility will enhance the technical center's capabilities and contribute to greater customer satisfaction.

Dainippon Screen (Taiwan) Co., Ltd. Dainippon Screen established Dainippon Screen (Taiwan) as a subsidiary in 1990. The subsidiary is capitalized at NT$15 million, with Dainippon Screen providing 66.7%, and employs a staff of 43 people. Initially, the subsidiary concentrated on sales and service for printing and prepress systems. In 1995, the subsidiary also began providing service for semiconductor fabrication equipment.


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