HORIBA, Ltd. Announces the Grand Opening of the “HORIBA Technology Center” in Santa Clara, California.

5 July 2007


HORIBA, Ltd. will establish a new development facility, the “HORIBA Technology Center” on July 13 in Silicon Valley (Santa Clara, California), following the Group’s concerted efforts to meet the needs of the American hi-tech market for products such as semiconductors and biotechnology.
With the objective of conducting joint development with hi-tech corporate clients and offering collaborative proposals for solutions, the center will be set up amidst the world’s frontier technology companies. The facility is complete with laboratories and clean rooms that are furnished with the latest equipment from HORIBA’s Group companies and will be joined by HORIBA/STEC, Inc.

Staffed by a new R&D team, this facility will provide the venue and the opportunity for the kind of collaboration between vendors, integrators, and customers that is necessary to meet the challenges of next generation processes by providing value and enabling technology from HORIBA’s vast range of core technologies. Initially, a group of 10 engineers from Japan and the US will work together to develop fluid controlling devices and vacuum analyzing devices for subsystems on semiconductor producing equipment.

The Technology Center will identify not only the needs of the semiconductor industry but also those of hi-tech companies located in Silicon Valley. It will also target the development of solution analyzers unique to our company, by mobilizing and applying technologies controlled by the Group’s physical, chemical, and medical divisions. The Center continues our Group history of carrying out product development in close contact with our clients at the center of cutting-edge technologies in various industries, such as Detroit for the automotive industry and New Jersey for the physical and chemical industry. In addition, the opening of the Center is considered to represent the full-scale launch of the “US Strategic Project” that we have been promoting since 2006. The initial investment, including plants and equipment, will amount to approximately 400 million yen and the building will be one-story above the ground, with an approximate gross floor area of 1,900 m2.

The HORIBA Group started in the US by the establishment of a joint venture in 1970; currently a total of 7 companies such as HORIBA Instruments Inc., HORIBA/STEC Inc., HORIBA ABX Inc., HORIBA Jobin Yvon Inc., HORIBA Automotive Test Systems Corp., etc. are operating at 13 offices and facilities and with 750 employees.


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<Outline of the HORIBA Technology Center>
Name
  HORIBA TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Site Area
  3,500 m2
  (Approximately half an official soccer ground)
Building Area
  1,900 m2
  Clean Room Area: 160 m2
  (with Super Clean Area accommodating to class 10,000 and class 10 in parallel establishment)
  Laboratory Area: 250 m2
  (e.g. of installed equipment: flow standard meter, vacuum chamber for testing, chemical liquid monitor, etc.)
  Showroom: 110 m2
  (e.g. of installed products: X-ray fluorescence spectrometer, Raman spectrometer, FTIR gas analyzer, photomask particle inspection system, vacuum analyzer, chemical concentration monitor, pH meter, particle distribution analyzer , etc.)
  Distribution Center: 200 m2
Person in Charge
  Kiyoaki HARA, Corporate Officer, HORIBA, Ltd. and Director, HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd.
Employee Number
  23
Address  3265 Scott Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95054

<Activities of Our Group in the US>
Starting by the establishment of a joint venture in 1970, currently a total of 7 companies such as HORIBA Instruments Inc., HORIBA/STEC Inc., HORIBA ABX Inc., HORIBA Jobin Yvon Inc., HORIBA Automotive Test Systems Corp., etc. are operating at 13 offices and facilities and with 750 employees.

Company Number
  7 companies in total with 13 development and production bases
Employee Number
  750
Sales Size
  approx. 27 billion yen
Development and Production Bases
  Irvine (California), Ann Arbor (Michigan), Troy (Michigan), Tempe (Arizona), Austin (Texas), Reno (Nevada), Edison (New Jersey), Ontario (Canada)

<Outline of HORIBA/STEC Inc.>
HORIBA/STEC Inc. is a subsidiary of HORIBA International Corp., which is also our US subsidiary. Established in 1998, it is engaged in sales and service activities (at 7 bases) on products for the semiconductor industry and in the local production of mass flow controllers. There are 2 production plants: one at the Technology Center and the other at the Austin factory (Texas). For development bases, there is one site at Reno, Nevada in addition to the above two sites.

Name
  HORIBA/STEC Incorporated
Established
  September 1998
Capital
  4 million US Dollars
Employee Number
  60
Person in Charge
  Masayuki ADACHI, Corporate Officer, HORIBA, Ltd. and Director, HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd.
Sales Size
  41 million US Dollars (December 2006)
Headquarters Address
  3265 Scott Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Production and Development Bases
  Santa Clara (California), Austin (Texas), Reno (Nevada)
Sales and Service Bases
  Santa Clara (California), Austin (Texas), Dallas (Texas), Portland (Oregon), Hudson (New Hampshire)