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24 April 2018

SPTS honored with Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation

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Orbotech Ltd of Yavne, Israel says that its company SPTS Technologies Ltd of Newport, Wales, UK – which manufactures etch, physical vapor deposition (PVD) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and thermal wafer processing solutions for the MEMS, advanced packaging, LED, high-speed RF on GaAs, and power management device markets – has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2018, recognizing its development of novel PVD process solutions for fan-out wafer-level packaging (FOWLP).

In addition to assessing the degree of innovation, the judging panel also evaluated SPTS on its corporate responsibility, which included employee affairs, customer and supplier relationships, and its impact on the environment and contribution to society.

“We provide advanced wafer processing equipment to the world's leading semiconductor and microelectronics manufacturers, and an ongoing program of research and development coupled with our ability to commercialize our innovation has been key to building and sustaining a profitable business,” says Kevin Crofton, corporate executive VP at Orbotech and president of SPTS Technologies. “This award belongs to our entire global organization – from those directly involved in the development of our advanced PVD solutions for the fast-growing FOWLP application sector, to those who sold, manufactured, installed and supported the many 300mm Sigma systems that we’ve shipped into our customer base.”

“The success of our wafer processing solutions for advanced packaging is a testament to the quality and competitiveness of UK developed technologies and products in the global markets,” Crofton continues. “We are also very pleased to share credit for this award with the Welsh Government who demonstrated their commitment with the R&D grant that helped fund this and other advanced packaging development programs here at SPTS.”

“SPTS is a prominent global business in South East Wales and an increasingly successful exporter,” comments Wales’ Economy Secretary Ken Skates. “Companies like SPTS are increasingly vital to our economy, which is why my Economic Action Plan, which was published in December, seeks to support businesses to innovate, introduce new products and services and rise to the challenges of the future.”

Previously known as the Queen’s Awards to Industry, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise were introduced in 1966 to acknowledge businesses with outstanding performance in three categories – International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. The awards are open to any company operating in the UK and are announced annually on 21 April, The Queen’s birthday.

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