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Combination makes Applied Materials the leader in high-growth equipment market for advanced packaging of chips for mobile devicesStrengthens Applied's opportunity in the memory industry's conversion to copperLive conference call and webcast today at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Standard TimeSANTA CLARA, Calif. & KALISPELL, Mont.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT) and Semitool, Inc. (Nasdaq:SMTL) today announced a definitive agreement for Applied to acquire the outstanding shares of Semitool for $11 per share in an all-cash tender offer.The acquisition makes Applied the equipment leader in two fast-growing segments: advanced packaging and the memory industry's conversion to copper. The combination enables Applied to serve its customers with a broader range of products and expands the company's reach to a new set of customers in the semiconductor packaging industry."The semiconductor industry recovery is being fueled by global demand for mobile devices such as smart phones, notebook PCs and portable media players for music, gaming and books," said Mike Splinter, chairman and CEO of Applied Materials. "With this acquisition, Applied will help the world's leading chip makers create ever-smaller and more powerful devices.""Applied Materials and Semitool have a strong track record of collaborating to develop equipment solutions for leading chip makers," said Randhir Thakur, senior vice

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Sulzemoos 12 November 2009 / Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, is today releasing its figures as per 30 September 2009. Seen from an operational standpoint, the two segments of "Power Plants" and "Components & Systems" developed in very different directions in the third quarter of 2009 and generally fell short of own expectations.In the three months from 1 July to 30 September 2009, domestic business in the Components & Systems segment was the dominant factor. Despite sharp declines in modules prices, revenues in this segment climbed by 11.4 percent to EUR 76.2 million (Q3/2008: EUR 68.4 million). Business in the Power Plants segment remained difficult. The implementation of large-scale power plants continued to suffer from delays in financing and the granting of approvals. Revenues of this segment came to EUR 13.5 million, which is 83.3 percent below the previous year's quarter (Q3/2008: EUR 80.9 million) during which high revenues and profits were generated, above all in the Spanish market.Reflecting the development of the segments, consolidated revenues stood at EUR 89.7 million in the reporting period, which is around 40 percent short of the year-earlier level (Q3/2008: EUR 149.8 million). Earnings before

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Tokyo, November 13, 2009 - SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) is pleased to announce that it has developed two new large-capacity high-voltage lithium-ion battery systems, and will begin mass production of the new products in March 2010. In recent years, there has been a lot of interest in electric vehicle technology as a replacement for the internal combustion engine, as part of a move towards better efficiency and the use of clean energy in order to achieve a low-carbon society. With features including high energy density, superior safety, and high voltage, SANYO has been leading the way in the market for lithium-ion batteries used in information devices such as laptop computers and mobile phones. Since around 2004, SANYO has been using its technologies to develop large-scale lithium-ion battery systems in order to help contribute towards the realization of a low-carbon society. After extensive verification testing and trial application in and outside the company, SANYO now has large lithium-ion battery systems that are ready for the market. SANYO will launch a lineup of two large lithium-ion battery system models. The Standard Battery System for Energy Storage (DCB-101) can be easily incorporated into existing systems as part of hybrid schemes using solar

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Zero Defects International and Viscom, Inc. have announced a day long event featuring demonstrations of inspection equipment utilized in the solar industry. This will be held at the Viscom Technical Center located at 1968 Junction Road in San Jose. The date is Friday, November 20th. Doors will open at 9:30 AM and demonstrations will continue until 4:30 PM.{pagebreak}Technologies to be showcased include AXI [automated X-Ray inspection], as well as a newly developed infrared inspection system. Visitors to this open house are encouraged to bring samples of products which they would like to see inspected on one or both of these technologies. Additionally, those interested in AOI [automated optical inspection] solutions are invited to attend in order to discuss current and anticipated requirements for this equipment.Viscom is a world leading manufacturer of inspection equipment for the PCBA, solar, MEMS and wafer  industries. Zero Defects International provides test and inspection services to these same industries and  represents several equipment manufacturers, including Viscom.Further Information: PaulBenke@ZDefects.com , www.zdefects.comPaul Benkewww.zdefects.com Ph: 408/986-8522 

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Applied Materials, Inc., the leading supplier of equipment and services to the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry, announced today that it has acquired substantially all the assets, including the intellectual property, of Advent Solar, Inc. for an undisclosed cash amount. Advent Solar is a developer of advanced technology for crystalline silicon (c-Si) PVs. This acquisition is expected to complement Applied's portfolio of solar PV technologies and enhance its leadership in the c-Si equipment market.Advent Solar has pioneered several innovations for producing c-Si cells and modules, including technology for streamlining module assembly processes and advanced efficiency device architectures. The company, founded in 2002, is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico."We believe the acquisition of Advent Solar will increase our opportunities to provide innovative solutions for reducing module production costs," said Dr. Mark Pinto, chief technology officer and general manager of Applied's Energy and Environmental Solutions Group. "Combining Advent Solar's PV technology with Applied's expertise in automated wafering and cell production equipment, we expect to deliver systems that will enhance customers' c-Si roadmaps and accelerate the reduction in cost per watt of solar electricity."After the close of this transaction, Advent Solar's assets will be integrated with Applied's Energy and Environmental

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Following the recent launch of the PV3000 solar metallization line, DEK Solar has extended its team even further with the addition of new Solar Project Manager, George Foot. Designed to support the growing demand for the company's services, the new role is focused on the development of next-generation solar solutions.The new DEK Solar Project Manager will assume a customer-focused role, concentrating on developing the company's award-winning commitment to service excellence. George's responsibilities will include working closely with DEK's global engineering presence to help bring solar products from development, through to customer Beta, final production and beyond. The new position will reinforce the department's efforts in ensuring DEK technologies are optimised, both technically and competitively, throughout product lifetime.Building on the company's reputation as a technology leader following the release of the very high throughput PV3000 platform, the new role will also reinforce DEK's dedication to thinking beyond equipment. DEK Solar Programme Manager, Richard Willshere, explains: "Here at DEK, we take pride in delivering our customers a true solar solution. This means utilising our dedicated engineers, unprecedented production capabilities and global infrastructure to deliver the technologies end customers and line integrators need to move from concept to final production. But above

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SGS Presents Wind Energy Services at the Korea Green Energy Show 2009The SGS Wind Energy Competence Center participated in the Korea GreenEnergy Show 2009 as the main exhibition for the energy industry in Korea.Attendees had the chance to learn more about the project life cycle of windturbines and about the services that SGS offers in each phase, such as WindFarm Project Certification, Blade Inspection and Condition Monitoring.The Korea Green Energy Show 2009, which took place in Seoul from October 13to 16, is the most important exhibition dedicated to the energy industry inKorea. With 5 pavilions - Fuel, Heat Using Equipment, Electrical Equipment,Renewable Energy, Parts and Components, Public and R&D - the energy show wasa very effective occasion to present energy-related products andtechnologies. The event successfully gathered energy experts andpractitioners to share their knowledge and experience within the industry.For SGS Industrial Services, it was a good opportunity to participate inthis event not only to stay up-to-date with new technologies and the latestdevelopments in the energy industry, but also to demonstrate its Wind EnergyServices throughout the project life cycle of wind turbines, such as WindFarm Project Certification, Blade Inspection and Condition Monitoring. TheSGS team of experts provided visitors with the latest information

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Contact: Rob Hallwachs, (213) 217-6450Nov. 5, 2009METROPOLITAN WATER LAUNCHES EIGHTH ANNUAL SOLAR CUP;TEAMS FROM 36 SOUTHLAND HIGH SCHOOLS PARTICIPATINGStudents build, race solar-powered boats in seven-month programhighlighting natural and renewable resourcesStudents from 36 Southland high schools will begin building solar-powered boats this Saturday (Nov. 7) that they will race in Metropolitan Water District's eighth-annual Solar Cup next May.The Solar Cup program combines hands-on engineering lessons with environmental awareness, teaching students practical application of mechanical and electrical engineering with tutorials in renewable resources and water-conservation."Solar Cup started in 2002 with eight teams," said Metropolitan General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger, "and eight years later, the program has 36 teams participating and is the largest solar-powered boat program in the nation, if not the world."Students who have participated in Solar Cup have told us it was the high-point of their high school years," Kightlinger said, "and that it convinced them to go to college and to pursue careers in engineering, science or environmental protection."A special benefit," Kightlinger added, "is that these bright young leaders get an overview of California's water-supply system and renewable energy. Learning about water and green power will prepare these students to contribute for the future."The seven-month program kicks off

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The Asia-Pacific Weeks (APW) Wind Energy Conference in Berlin was a great opportunity for SGS to present its Wind Energy Technology Center(WETC). The presentation held by Torsten Muuß, Global Technical Manager for Wind Energy from SGS, proved to be a success as participants showed great interest in the services provided by the Center.{pagebreak}The Asia-Pacific Weeks Wind Energy Conference which took place on October 12, 2009 in Berlin, Germany, was a unique opportunity for the main German, Chinese and Asian players to participate in a high profile meeting concerning the expanding industry of wind energy. Governments and ministries, business and cultural associations, companies, universities and research institutions, foundations and non-governmental organizations took part in a series of official meetings and conferences to discuss the latest developments in the wind energy sector.The presentations and workshops during the conference primarily dealt with the market growth in China and its corresponding challenges. Manufacturing concepts were presented and strategies for entering the market and investing in wind energy equipment were discussed.Torsten Muuß, Global Technical Manager for Wind Energy from SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, was one of the main speakers during this conference presenting the new SGS Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC) in Tianjin, China.The SGS Wind Energy Technology Center in China mainly focuses on Rotor

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Following the widespread success of the award-winning PVP1200 platform and the recent European launch of the highly anticipated PV3000 metallization line, DEK Solar is consolidating its position as a major force on the solar stage. Talking recently about the company's success in the sector, Alternative Energy Business Manager, Darren Brown, attributed the trend to DEK's ability to "think beyond equipment."{pagebreak}"The breakthrough accuracy, throughput and repeatability of our PV1200 and PV3000 is obviously a major part of our success - but this is only half the story," he explains. "Thanks to our 40+ year history in the SMT and Semiconductor industries, we're able to think beyond equipment to provide our customers with real-world solar manufacturing solutions. Having spoken to customers in the field, we know that the main challenge in this industry has not been finding the right equipment but rather, finding the right equipment backed by the right level of process support, knowledge and service. Here at DEK, we're able to harness our strengths in engineering and production, along with our global infrastructure, to deliver what our solar customers need to get ahead - and stay there."With a dominant market share in the screen printer sector for electronics circuit board

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