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MKS acquires Ion Systems & Umetrics

Posted: 06 Jan 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MKS Instruments  Ion Systems  Umetrics  electrostatic management solutions 

MKS Instruments Inc. announced that it closed on transactions to acquire Ion Systems Inc., a provider of electrostatic management solutions to semiconductor, flat panel display, data storage and other high technology manufacturers, and Umetrics AB, a developer of multivariate data analysis and modelling software for semiconductor, pharmaceutical, petrochemical and other manufacturing processes.

MKS CEO and President Leo Berlinghieri commented that their new acquisitions support their strategy to improve process performance and productivity. "As cycle times shorten and processes become more complex, the costs of contamination and the requirements for data increase. Tight process control is required to reduce defects and improve yields. We believe that an increasing percentage of the capital equipment budget is going to be spent to improve uptime, yield, and throughput, and return on invested capital," said Berlinghieri.

Ion Systems' ionisation technology controls electrostatic charge to reduce process contamination and improve yields, which complements MKS' process monitoring and control technologies. Umetrics' multivariate data analysis and modelling software converts process data into useable information for yield improvement when linked with MKS' open and modular platform of process sensors and data collection, integration, data storage, and visualisation capabilities.

MKS expects the net effect of these acquisitions to be slightly accretive on an operating or non-GAAP earnings basis in the first quarter of 2006. The company has historically been acquisitive, and MKS' management believes the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures, which exclude the costs associated with acquisitions and other special items, is useful to investors for comparing prior periods and analyzing ongoing business trends and operating results.

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