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2000 Photo: "PI-7900"Screen mapped out "Eco value 21", the 5 year scheme for environment management, to reinforce the environment protect, product safety and occupational safety and health. Heidelberg, the world leader in printing solution, and Screen agree on exchange of CTP technologiesScreen releases new automatic optical inspection system "PI-7900".
Photo: "MP-3000"Screen brought in web-based material procurement system.Screen developed new single-wafer cleaning system for 300mm wafers "MP-3000".
2001 Photo: "PlateRite8600"Screen released high-class thermal plate recorder "PlateRite 8600".
Photo: "1000"シリーズScreen was transferred the print-circuit detection equipment business from Kobe Steel., Ltd. Screen released new fabrication equipment for fifth-generation thin film transistor liquid crystal.
Screen received "OHSAS18001" certification as occupational safety and health system.Kobe Steel, Ltd. and Screen will develop next-generation semiconductor fabrication equipment using supercritical fluid technology.Screen joined IMEC's Ultra Clean Processing (UCP) programScreen joined international alliance to develop advanced packaging and interconnect solutions.
2002 Photo: "1100"seriesIntroduced the Internal Company system.
Released the "1100" series, the TFT LCD manufacturing equipment processing glass substrates as large as 1,100 by 1,250 mm.
Spun off the domestic sales sector of the Media technology company into a separate company.
Released the "PI-8000", the all-in-one type of optical inspection system for PCB that includes CAM download, inspection, and verification capabilities.
Established a joint venture company with Tokyo Electron limited and Ebara Corporation to develop low energy electron beam direct writing system.
Photo: "Azero Originator"Azero Originator, a large size copying system, got attention as "Human copying machine".
Established the company performing a sale and a maintenance service of semiconductor production equipment and FPD production equipment in Shanghai, China.
2003 100th "working invention competition" takes place.
Photo: "PlateRite8800"PlateRite 8800 thermal CTP unit released.
Collaborative project designed to advance next-generation DTP for Mac OS X launched with Apple, Adobe, and Morisawa.
Photo: "PlateRite Ultima"PlateRite Ultima thermal CTP unit released.
Joint research and development of next-generation photolithography process with Nikon.
Photo: "RF3""RF3 ( next-generation applicator developer )" released.
Reorganization of semiconductor manufacturing equipment and FPD device manufacturing equipment service operations; SEBACS Co., Ltd. and FEBACS Co., Ltd. established.
Photo: "SK-1500G""SK-1500G ( TFT liquid crystal applicator developer )" for 6th generation glass substrates released.
Number of maintenance and service locations for flat panel display manufacturing equipment increased in Korea and Taiwan.
2004 Photo: "TruePress 344"Developed the next-generation TruePress 344 digital printer.
Photo: "PlateRite Ultima 16000"Developed the PlateRite Ultima 16000 thermal CTP recorder, suitable for output onto large-size plates.
Photo: 7th generation TFT LCD displayDeveloped a 7th generation TFT LCD display manufacturing equipment appropriate for the production of the world's largest glass substrates.
Photo: MIXA Co., Ltd.Established MIXA Co., Ltd., a subsidiary that publishes and sells image elements and digital contents.
Photo: A new company responsible for the re-hiring of employeesEstablished a new company responsible for the re-hiring of employees who have reached mandatory retirement age.
Photo: Signed an inclusive cooperative research agreementSigned an inclusive cooperative research agreement with Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto) and China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Launched the Micro Chemical Initiative, which includes six different manufacturers.
Cooperated in efforts to preserve cultural treasures electronically.
Photo: Entrusted with rooftop tile printing work by the Otani sect of Shinshu Buddhism (Higashi Honganji, Kyoto).Entrusted with rooftop tile printing work by the Otani sect of Shinshu Buddhism (Higashi Honganji, Kyoto).
Achieved the world-record 150 WPH (wafers per hour) throughput performance from a coater developer while linked in-line to a step and scan system.
Photo: Began factory operations at SCREEN's print-related equipment manufacturing subsidiary in Hangzhou, China.Began factory operations at SCREEN's print-related equipment manufacturing subsidiary in Hangzhou, China.
Photo: Successfully created a micro-reactor unitSuccessfully created a micro-reactor unit that enables a direct connection between fine chemical development and industrial production.
2005 Advertising and document transmission system creation service started operations.
Became a sponsor of J League football team Kyoto Purple Sanga, and began a variety of activities supporting the team. In addition to contributing to the promotion of sports in Screen's hometown, Kyoto, sponsorship increases awareness of the company and improve its image.
Revised its Rules and Regulations for Occupational Inventions Inventors now receive 5% of any monopolistic profits generated by their inventions.
Established DNS Feats (Taiwan) Co., Ltd., a group company that handles maintenance for electronics industry equipment in Taiwan.
Photo: "PI-8000"Released a new, economical high-resolution automatic optical inspection system for printed circuit boards. New model even faster and more highly functional than the bestselling 'PI-8000'.
Photo: "Mercurex"Released multi-purpose 'Mercurex' direct imaging system for printed circuit boards.
Successfully developed world's first discriminatory coating technology for organic electroluminescent material. Unique new technology enabled larger-size substrates to be used in next generation displays.
Photo: New group company, Miyako LinkRing Co., Ltd.Established a new group company, Miyako LinkRing Co., Ltd., to handle dispatching of personnel. Employees are assigned as necessary to accommodate worker lifestyles.
Acquired Inca Digital Printers Ltd. Acquisition linked innovative wide format digital inkjet specialist with world's leading manufacturer of equipment for the digital prepress, printing, semiconductor and flat panel display industries.
Released next generation 300 mm automated wet station 'FC-3100', providing enhanced technology and significantly reduced manufacturing and installation times.
Masahiro Hashimoto was appointed President and Representative director (COO).
Developed long pulsed flash lamp anneal technology, enabling next generation semiconductor manufacturing and alternatives for ultra-shallow junction processing.
Released thermal CTP equipment for the newspaper industry. New lineup included a variety of popular equipment types offering total performance.
Photo: FASSE Co., Ltd.Established a new group company FASSE Co., Ltd. in the semiconductor production equipment field, to handle everything from production of cleaning equipment to delivery and installation.
'Hiragino Font' won the Good Design Award 2005.
Full operation of Global Parts Center began, bringing a significantly improved speedy delivery system for service parts supply.
Photo: "RF3i"Launched of new 150 WPH 'RF3i (R-F cube-eye)' immersion coat-develop track includes immersion process lithocluster in the Netherlands.
Established a commemorative monument at headquarters, the former site of Zuikoin Temple, which once housed the hair of the 46 Ako Ronin.
2006 Photo: "PI-8700"Released 'PI-8700', a high-end optical pattern inspector for printed circuit boards. World's highest class of inspection precision and speed combined in an inspector suitable for both R&D and mass production.
Photo: Gerant Co., Ltd.Established a new group company Gerant Co., Ltd. to handle facilities management. Independent facilities management increases efficiency and enhance facilities.
Photo: White Canvas RakusaiEstablished Screen Group's largest R&D base, White Canvas Rakusai. Technology development functions concentrated in one place to increase synergy between different teams.
Received Intel's prestigious Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement Award.
Photo: SOKUDO Co. Ltd.Applied Materials and Screen signed final agreement to form SOKUDO Co. Ltd., joint venture company.
A group company Quartz Lead Co., Ltd. to combine quality, environmental, and workplace safety management systems for all Screen bases in Japan. Quartz Lead got first certification in Fukushima prefecture.
Photo: "Innovation that makes it possible to expand on and exceed one's core business"Published 'Innovation that makes it possible to expand on and exceed one's core business' (Nikkei BP Planning, Inc.), a volume on Chairman and CEO Akira Ishida's management attitudes.
Photo: 8th generation LCD color filter manufacturing businessReleased a new equipment for the 8th generation LCD color filter manufacturing business. Features new technology that significantly reduces production costs.
Photo: "CS-1"Construction of new factory 'CS-1' for flat panel display manufacturing equipment completed. Facility supports production and quality testing of manufacturing equipment for 8th and future generation glass substrates.
Photo: "Fab.FC-2"Construction of new production factory 'Fab.FC-2' for semiconductor manufacturing equipment completed. It was built to meet increased demand for wafer cleaning equipment.
Photo: "SU-3100"Released a new single-wafer cleaning system 'SU-3100'. Up to 8 built-in chambers and superior 300 wafer per hour productivity.
A group company MT Service Japan West Co., Ltd. got printing/prepress industry's first ISO/IEC 27001 and JIS Q 27001 certification.
A group company Initout Japan Co., Ltd. got ISO 27001 certification.
2007 Photo: "SK-2200G"Released manufacturing system 'SK-2200G' for producing TFT liquid crystal displays to be used with 8th generation glass substrates, improving production efficiency for 50-inch class large displays.
Photo: "PlateRite Niagara"Released an entry-level thermal CtP model 'PlateRite Niagara' for emerging markets. It is a high cost-performance printing plate recorder suitable for the demands of the BRICs markets.
Photo: MEBACS Co., Ltd.Established a new group company MEBACS Co., Ltd., which handles maintenance for printed circuit board production equipment. Company's mobility allows it to meet a wide variety of customer needs.
Started to use ships to transport semiconductor and LCD production equipment.Total CO2 emissions created during distribution of goods reduced by 30%.
Photo: "Truepress Jet650UV" Photo: "Truepress Jet2500UV"
Developed inkjet printing systems 'Truepress Jet650UV' and 'Truepress Jet2500UV' for specialized printing uses and enters inkjet printer market in earnest. By developing new applications of inkjet printing, Screen expands the reach of its business.
Photo: "SS-3100"Released next-generation single wafer cleaning system 'SS-3100'. It features eight chambers and takes up less space, while offering the industry's highest levels of productivity.
By using film thickness measurement technologies for semiconductor manufacturing processes and PWB inspection technologies, we entered into a new market on the flat panel display inspection equipment industry.
Held event at J. League match. Fans received free 'human copies' of themselves with Kyoto Sanga F.C. players.
Photo: S. Ten Nines SapporoEstablished a software development company in Hokkaido, as a wholly owned group company. New company 'S. Ten Nines Sapporo' handles the creation of test environments for semiconductor production equipment.
Received the Logistic Environment Grand Prize for its maritime transportation system, which reduces CO2 emissions by 30%. First such award for industrial equipment transport in Kyoto.
Photo: "LeafThrough"Released new saved file browsing software 'LeafThrough'. It is world's first saved file search/browsing tool allows operators to view contents of multiple files without opening them.
Won 'Supplier Excellence Award' for the 2nd consecutive year from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd(TSMC).
Photo: "FC-3100"Introduced a new transport mechanism and drying technologies. The model 'FC-3100' wet station offers industry-leading throughput and improved yield.
2008 Photo: "Hikone Plant"Established the Welfare Center at Hikone Plant. Aiming to enhance technological development and increase production capacity through provision of comprehensive support for employees.
Photo: "CMMI"Achieved level 3 of CMMI, an international standard for software development processes.
Photo: Received "Japan Machinery Federation Chairman's Award"Wafer annealing system 'LA-3000-F' received Japan Machinery Federation Chairman's Award for energy-efficient equipment. Instantaneous heating technology that consumes less than one-third the electricity of conventional systems received recognition.
Opened a digital printing showroom 'Media Square Kyoto' featuring inkjet technology, at our Kumiyama Plant.
Photo: Received "Supplier Outstanding Award"Received 'Supplier Outstanding Award' from UMC (Taiwan).
Merged Graphic Arts Equipment and Electronic Equipment segments to form 'Media and Precision Technology Company'. Leveraged synergy brought about by technological integration to expand into a variety of industrial fields.
Photo: "PlateRite Ultima 48000"Released a CtP recorder 'PlateRite Ultima 48000' supporting the world's largest plates. It supports growth of diverse advertising media in Europe and US.
Photo: "Screen station" on the Ohmi RailwayOpened 'Screen station' on the Ohmi Railway within the grounds of the Hikone Plant. Greater frequency of direct trains between Hikone and Taga Taisha-mae stations improves convenience for regular passengers.
Photo: "Process Technology Center"Established an R&D base for semiconductor manufacturing processes 'Process Technology Center', at Hikone Plant. It was a beginning of full-scale efforts to further enhance world-leading wafer cleaning technology.
Received 'Preferred Quality Supplier Award' from Intel Corporation (USA).
Photo: Received "Gold Supplier Award"Received 'Gold Supplier Award' from Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (Singapore).
Began a joint development of robot technology with Ritsumeikan University. United effort by industry and academia kick started robot technology development project.
Developed OLED production technology in partnership with DuPont (USA). Aims to reduce production costs and spur continued growth of flat panel display market.
Photo: "Truepress Jet SX"Developed next-generation sheet-fed inkjet printing technology. Released the world's first A2-wide sheet-fed inkjet printer 'Truepress Jet SX'.
Developed IPA removal system for semiconductor manufacturing lines in partnership with Toshiba.
Photo: "PI-9000"Released a printed circuit board pattern inspection system 'PI-9000'. This next-generation system provides improved inspection quality and operability.
Screen's file search and viewing software 'LeafThrough' used in DVD reprint of Japanese Statute Books.
Acquired Silicon Light Machines (USA). Merger of world-leading optical technologies.
All Screen products achieved top share in global market for semiconductor cleaning systems for fiscal 2007.
Photo: Creation of new business through application of existing proprietary technologyFull scale entry into the photovoltaic industry. Creation of new business through application of existing proprietary technology.
Photo: Participated in roof restoration project at Honno-ji TempleParticipated in roof restoration project at Honno-ji Temple, Kyoto. Our technology is used to print names of donors on new roof tiles 'Kawara'.
Opened a general training facility 'Global Training Center' for semiconductor manufacturing equipment, at Yasu Plant, aiming to fortify training programs to produce skilled, practical engineers as part of efforts to further enhance customer satisfaction.
Developed a new wafer edge etching and cleaning technology 'the Bevel Etching Chamber'. Improved processing precision helps increase semiconductor device production efficiency and yields.
Developed world's first 300-mm semiconductor wafer cleaning equipment with zero VOC emissions. This incorporates dry-air drying technology to dramatically reduce running costs and environmental impact.
Began joint research into evaluation technology for next-generation thin-film photovoltaic cell in partnership with Gifu University.
2009 Photo: MTSE_ISO27001

MT Service Japan East, a Screen’s subsidiary, obtained ISO/IEC 7001 and JIS Q 7001 certification.

Screen achieved over 60% global share in single-wafer cleaning systems. 

Photo: direct_patterningDirect patterning system developed for manufacturing flexible printed circuits.
Photo: before_etch_colorPhoto: after_etch_color
Photo: Pi9500

Launch of “PI-9500” automatic optical inspection system for printed circuits.

Photo: JPCA_award

Direct patterning system received the fifth JPCA award from the Japan Electronics Packaging and Circuits Association. 

Screen earned 2008 top global share in LCD manufacturing equipment market for coater/developers, wet etchers, and resist strippers.

Photo: SentoOT_C_8.0Pac

Release of a high-quality Chinese font certified by the Chinese government.

Photo: TruepressJet1600

Release of the “Truepress Jet1600UV-F” inkjet printing system for sign displays. 

Screen entered technical alliances with major MIS vendors for the “EQUIOS-Pre4m”.

Screen won “Best Delivery Support Award” from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (TSMC) 

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