5 July 2012

Edwards sells 10,000th abatement systems

Vacuum and exhaust- abatement equipment maker Edwards Ltd of Crawley, UK says that it has sold more than 10,000 abatement systems since it entered the business nearly 20 years ago. In addition, Edwards has placed second in VLSI Research’s ‘Top 10 Suppliers of Critical Subsystems 2011’ report for the semiconductor and flat panel display industries.

“The growing concern about the environment and climate change has spurred increasing awareness of the need to abate a variety of potentially harmful industrial by-products,” says exhaust management systems product manager Steve Cottle. “In 2011, our systems were responsible for abating the equivalent of 8,500,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide at our customer facilities, equal to 98% of the net carbon dioxide emitted annually by industrial processes in the UK,” he adds.

“2011 was a record year for suppliers of critical subsystems,” says John West, CEO of VLSI Research Europe. “Sales grew 9.3% to reach a value of $7.88bn. The main driver for the industry was capital expenditures on semiconductor manufacturing equipment for 32nm and below technology nodes,” he adds.

Most of the abatement systems sold have been from Edwards' inward fired combustor product range, which includes its TPU (Thermal Processing Unit) and Atlas products. The firm says that the proven performance and reliability of its unique inward-fired combustor design have made these products the top-selling combustion abatement systems for the past ten years.

Geographically, the USA remains the firm’s largest market for abatement systems. However, the Asia Pacific region is also a key market, due to the rapid growth of high-tech manufacturing and increasing environmental regulations.

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