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SCREEN Develops Industry-first SB-3300 Hybrid Type Wafer Back-side Cleaning System With Both Chemical and Brush Cleaning Functions

SCREEN Semiconductor Solutions Co | December 14, 2020

SCREEN Develops Industry-first SB-3300 Hybrid Type Wafer Back-side Cleaning System With Both Chemical and Brush Cleaning Functions
SCREEN Semiconductor Solutions Co., Ltd. (SCREEN SPE, president: Masato Goto), a SCREEN Holdings Group (TOKYO:7735) company, has concluded advancement of its new industry-first1 SB-3300 wafer posterior cleaning framework. The SB-3300 is outfitted with a compound carving/cleaning capacity just as an actual cleaning capacity that utilizations brushes. Deals of the framework will start in December.

The server farm market has extended altogether as of late, determined by the continuing ascent in information traffic needed for exercises, for example, far off working, e-learning and video real time. Simultaneously, fast appropriation of 5G-compatible cell phones and IoT framework basically for in-vehicle and modern applications has provoked developing interest for the refined semiconductors required by these and other front line markets.

Notwithstanding, as scaling down and coordination of the circuits for cutting edge rationale and memory ICs has improved, there has been a related decrease in yield rates brought about by rear molecule bond and distorting of wafers during their assembling measures. This issue has made cleaning of the posterior more significant than any time in recent memory and prompted developing calls for enhancements in profitability.

In light of these patterns, SCREEN SPE has built up its industry-first SB-3300 single wafer cleaning framework. The SB-3300 is uniquely intended for rear cleaning of wafers and highlights both a synthetic cleaning capacity and brush cleaning capacity that utilizes a scrubber technique.2 The framework performs substance and brush cleaning measures all the while to guarantee exceptionally powerful evacuation of particles on the posterior of wafers. These particles are a critical reason for defocusing during the photolithographic cycle of front line semiconductor gadgets.

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Collaboration is “the name of the game” to build resilience, say speakers at 12th GPCA Supply Chain Conference

Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association | June 04, 2021

The virtual conference was held on 26-27 May, attracting over 1300 attendees from 450 companies in 62 countries Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 31 May 2021 – The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic of the last 15 months has demonstrated the acute importance of collaboration to build more agile, resilient, and responsive supply chains, said industry leaders at the 12th Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Supply Chain Conference held virtually on 26-27 May. Senior executives from across the chemical and petrochemical value chain, logistics service providers and shipping operators urged industry leaders to capitalize on the lessons learned during the pandemic and act upon them in the future – from collaborating more closely with the regulators, their customers, and strategic partners, to driving better supply chain visibility, investing in digitalization, building their workforce capabilities, and focusing on supply chain sustainability. In his keynote address, Hamad Alterkait, Chairman of the Kuwait based company, PIC, encouraged chemical leaders to engage in supply chain collaboration even with their competitors and keep their inventory in close customer proximity to improve their reliability and better serve their end markets. He told attendees at the virtual event: “Regional chemical producers must diversify their supply base even if it means incurring higher costs in order to cushion the impact from any future crisis. Companies must also explore out of the box supply chain solutions, using different scenarios, which may aid in addressing important challenges at a critical time.” Echoing Alterkait’s remarks on the importance of collaboration were Hosam Al-Zamil, VP, Global Supply Chain, SABIC; Ahmed Abdulla Al-Salahi, CCO, Q-Chem; and Ahmed Al-Katheeri, SVP - Supply Chain Management, Borouge, in the conference’s inaugural panel on the future of chemical supply chains. The COVID-19 pandemic was a test to chemical supply chains’ resilience, as it demonstrated that the world is one global community, panelists said. “The future will not be the moving of our products; it will be the moving of data which will help enable responsiveness and agility and drive customer centricity to stay competitive. However, we cannot achieve this by working in silos. The chemical industry is just one part of the supply chain and we must work together to build a more resilient future,” Al-Katheeri added. A recent GPCA survey confirms the insights shared by speakers. It found that chemical supply chain and operations have been the single most impacted business function within downstream organizations in the GCC in the past 15 months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the path to recovery, chemical companies must focus on supply chain digitalization, sustainability, trade facilitation and regulatory engagement. Within these trends, carbon neutrality, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) will be the key segments to focus on and drive the highest impact on businesses’ supply chains today, the survey found. Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA, commented, “I was pleased to welcome the regional and global chemical industry to the virtual edition of the 12th GPCA Supply Chain Conference last week and gain first-hand insight into the challenges associated with the pandemic on their chemical supply chain and operations. The audience was left with a message of positivity on what’s to come next and provided with a range of practical tips on how to address the uncertainty and any new crisis in the future. I hope delegates enjoyed attending the event and thank all our sponsors and partners for making this edition possible.” The 12th GPCA Supply Chain Conference was held under the theme ‘Powering a resilient, responsive and agile supply chain’, attracting over 1300 attendees from 450 companies in 62 countries. To learn more, visit www.gpcasupplychain.com About the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) was established in 2006 to represent the downstream hydrocarbon industry in the Arabian Gulf. Today, the association voices the common interests of more than 250 member companies from the chemical and allied industries, accounting for over 95 percent of chemical output in the GCC. The industry makes up the second largest manufacturing sector in the region, producing over USD 108 billion worth of products every year. GPCA supports the petrochemical and chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf through advocacy, networking and thought leadership initiatives aimed at helping member companies to connect, share and advance knowledge, contribute to international dialogue, and become prime influencers in shaping the future of the global petrochemicals industry. Committed to providing a regional platform for stakeholders from around the world, GPCA manages six working committees – Plastics, Supply Chain, Fertilizers, International Trade, Research and Innovation, and Responsible Care – and organizes six world-class events each year. The association also publishes an annual report, regular newsletters and various other industry reports. For more information, visit www.gpca.org.ae. Contact: Slavka Atanasova Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association P. O. Box 123055, Dubai, United Arab Emirates T: + 44 7561 525126 E: slavka@gpca.org.ae or Hector Aquino hector@gpca.org.ae

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New start: Ceresana study on the market for coatings in the automotive industry

Ceresana | March 30, 2021

Automotive coatings do not just look good, they also protect the surface of vehicles against scratches, UV light, rust, fuel splashes, and other hazards. The automotive industry is one of the biggest consumers of coatings. The market research institute Ceresana has examined how the global market for automotive paints and coatings is recovering from the Corona crisis. Despite a massive decline, around 3.4 million tonnes of these high-performance coatings were consumed around the world in 2020. This latest study covers the coating of all components that are manufactured by suppliers or vehicle manufacturers and installed in road vehicles. It examines the use in passenger cars and commercial vehicles (trucks, vans, buses) - both in new construction and for spare parts. Number of Car Registrations is Increasing Again The global sales of new cars had already reached its peak in 2017 with more than 70 million units. Since then, i. a. the declining momentum in the emerging markets, especially the BRIC countries, has led to a drop in passenger car sales. The spread of Covid-19 caused a dramatic decline in the last year, with the number of new registrations decreasing by around 15% worldwide. However, a large part of the decline occurred in the first half of 2020. A recovery started already in the second half of the year, albeit to varying degrees depending on the country. More Refinish Coatings, Fewer OEM Coatings The financial losses suffered by many households as a result of the crisis will probably continue to have an effect for several years and will influence consumer behavior: Used cars gain in importance wherever new cars are unaffordable. Ceresana has conducted a detailed analysis of the demand for individual coating layers, areas of application, technologies, and product types. The market researchers expect coatings in the refinish segment to gain several percentage points of market share over OEM coatings in the course of 2021 or 2022. The slight time lag is due to the fact that the number of driven kilometers - and thus the demand for refinish coatings - is only gradually increasing again. Large Quantities of Basecoats High demands are placed on the quality and properties of automotive coatings. Full, partial, and individual part coatings are applied in the event of damage, for used cars, and for special new car coatings at the factory or dealership. The coating process can be divided into the following steps: cathodic dip coating, underbody protection and application of primer surfacer, basecoat, and clearcoat. Primer surfacers are used to even out surface irregularities and improve the adhesion of subsequent layers. The most important paint layer in terms of quantity is the basecoat, followed by the electrodeposition coating. The basecoat is a coloring layer and largely determines the appearance of the overall paint finish. Electrodeposition coating is primarily used to protect vehicle bodies from corrosion. The analysts at Ceresana expect the market for basecoats to reach a level of around 1.4 million tonnes in 2030. The Study in Brief: Chapter 1 provides an overview of the global market for coatings in the automotive industry - including forecasts up to 2030. Demand and revenues are presented for the regions Western and Eastern Europe, North America, South America, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. Chapter 2 provides market data for the 16 most important countries, i.e. including country-specific demand and revenues. Demand is analyzed in detail for different coating layers (electrodeposition coating, primer surfacer, basecoat, clearcoat), application areas (OEM coatings, refinish coatings), technologies (solvent-borne, water-borne, others) and product types (epoxy, polyurethanes/PUR, acrylic, others). Chapter 3 provides company profiles of the most important manufacturers of coatings for the automotive industry, clearly arranged according to contact information, sales, profit, product range, production sites, and profile summary. Detailed profiles are provided for 56 manufacturers. Further information: www.ceresana.com/en/market-studies/industry/automotive-coatings/ About Ceresana As one of the world's leading market research institutes, Ceresana is specialized in the segments chemicals, plastics, packaging, and industrial goods with a focus on transportation / mobility. Companies have been benefiting from our high-quality industry analyses and forecasts since 2002. More than 200 market studies provide more than 10,000 customers around the world with the knowledge base for their sustainable success. Find more information about Ceresana at www.ceresana.com Ceresana Mainaustrasse 34 78464 Konstanz Germany Press contact: Martin Ebner, m.ebner@ceresana.com

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Connecting Old and New: Ceresana Examines the European Market for Adhesives

Ceresana | March 29, 2021

Future mobility will depend on innovative joining technology. Even today, a new car contains around 18 kg of adhesives - from heat-dissipating protective layers for battery cells to lightweight chassis and crash-proof windows. Where screws, rivets, or welds were used in the past, the automotive industry is now increasingly using adhesives. Ceresana has now examined the European market for adhesives for the fourth time: In 2019, a total of around 3.51 million tonnes were utilized. The market researchers expect sales generated with adhesives across Europe to grow by 0.5 % per year until 2027. Combining Established and Innovative Materials This latest study by Ceresana not only examines the growing use of adhesives in the automotive industry, where aluminum and fiber-reinforced plastics have to be joined with steel in a strain-free manner. An astonishing amount of paper is still needed in spite of digitalization and an increasing number of plastics: The most significant sales market for adhesives in 2019 was the segment paper and packaging with around 29% of total European usage. The construction industry came in second by a slight margin. Other major application areas for adhesives are wood processing, shoes and leather, as well as other consumer goods. Plastics with Special Properties Vinyl adhesives, which offer a particularly broad range of applications, constituted the most important product type in 2019. Adhesives based on polyvinyl acetate (PVAC) are also among the most important grades. Polyvinyl acetate is additionally used to produce polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), which is likewise used as an adhesive, e.g. for porous materials such as paper, cardboard, wood, cork, or leather. The primary consumers of vinyl adhesives are the paper, packaging, wood products, and construction industries, which use mainly water-based products and hotmelt adhesives. Looking for Alternatives to Solvents Physically setting adhesives in particular contain between 30 and 60 percent (by weight) of organic solvents, which evaporate from glued surfaces and from open tubes or bottles. Aromatic hydrocarbons are considered to be not only a fire hazard but also a health risk: Their vapors, such as those of xylene or toluene, can be addictive and are suspected of being carcinogenic and mutagenic. Alternatives that are less harmful to health and the environment are therefore increasingly sought after. In Europe, water-based adhesives already accounted for over 50% of total consumption in 2019. However, if an adhesive contains only water as a solvent, then preservatives must be added to it, which can in turn be problematic for people suffering from allergies. This study by Ceresana provides a breakdown of the adhesives market by technologies: water-based adhesives, hotmelt adhesives, solvent-based adhesives, reactive adhesives, and other products. The Study in Brief: Chapter 1 provides an overview and analysis of the European market for adhesives - including forecasts up to 2027: the development of sales, demand per application, trade, and production is presented for each country. The 8 largest countries are additionally analyzed with regard to adhesive technologies (water-based adhesives, hotmelt adhesives, solvent-based adhesives, reactive adhesives, other technologies) and adhesive types. Chapter 2 analyzes the various applications of adhesives in depth: Data and influential factors on their use in the segments paper and packaging, construction, wood processing, transportation, shoes and leather, consumer goods, and other applications. Additionally the chapter looks at the demand for individual adhesive types: vinyl, acrylic, polyurethane (PUR), elastomers, epoxy, and other adhesives. Chapter 3 presents a useful manufacturer's directory with the 82 most important adhesive producers, clearly arranged according to contact information, sales, profit, product range, production sites, profile summary, and specific information on adhesives. Further information: www.ceresana.com/en/market-studies/industry/adhesives-europe/ About Ceresana As one of the world's leading market research institutes, Ceresana is specialized in the segments chemicals, plastics, packaging, and industrial goods with a focus on transportation / mobility. Companies have been benefiting from our high-quality industry analyses and forecasts since 2002. More than 200 market studies provide more than 10,000 customers around the world with the knowledge base for their sustainable success. Find more information about Ceresana at www.ceresana.com Ceresana Mainaustrasse 34 78464 Konstanz Germany Press contact: Martin Ebner, m.ebner@ceresana.com

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Attractive and useful: Ceresana report on the world market for paints and coatings

Ceresana | March 26, 2021

The construction industry currently uses almost half of all paints and coatings that are sold. Large-scale projects for infrastructure or commercial construction are hardly ever directly affected by crises, and the demand for living space continues to grow in densely populated countries. The sales of paints and coatings for industrial products such as vehicles, on the other hand, are heavily dependent on the general economic development. This is the fourth time that Ceresana has published a study on the world market for paints and coatings. In 2019, a total of around 43.3 million tonnes of coatings were sold. Innovative Products with Multiple Benefits In addition to simple, traditional interior and facade paints, more and more coatings with special properties are used in the construction industry. Facade coatings that use the lotus effect, for example, clean themselves in the rain. Other products not only beautify surfaces but can also protect them from rust or contribute to thermal insulation. In hospitals and medical practices, paints and coatings with antibacterial properties are increasingly used to limit the spreading of dangerous germs. Acrylics for the Walls of China Most paints and coatings are consumed in the Asia-Pacific region. This part of the world is expected to further expand its leading position on the world market in the coming years. The second largest sales region last year was North America. Ceresana has also analyzed the demand for individual product types for the current market report: from paints and coatings based on acrylic, vinyl, alkyd, epoxy, polyurethane, or polyester to paints and coatings based on other materials. Acrylic colors were by far the most widely used type of paint in 2019. Vinyl paints took second place. The demand for acrylic paints was highest in Asia-Pacific and North America, followed by Western Europe and South America. Coatings based on acrylic resins are very often used in the construction industry because of their properties: as a wall or facade paint, acrylic resins are extremely light and weather resistant and remain breathable. They are used for exterior facades in conjunction with water-repellent silicone resins. Further applications are coatings of wood, plastic, or metal. Growing Demand for Water-Based Coatings Powder coatings only account for a small segment of the market for paints and coatings while water- and solvent-borne products generate the largest share of demand. Water-based coatings are relatively environmentally friendly thanks to reduced emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC). They also offer the possibility of recycling in some applications. Waterborne coatings are used for machine and automotive coatings, but also for coatings of wood, plastic, as well as leather and textile. Analysts at Ceresana expect waterborne paints and coatings to achieve the highest average growth rate in the coming years. The Study in Brief: Chapter 1 provides an overview and analysis of the global market for paints and coatings - including forecasts up to 2027: the development of sales, demand and production is illustrated for each region of the world. The market figures on demand are broken down by applications, product types, and technologies. The regional markets for paints and coatings are analyzed, providing data on use in the segments construction, transportation, wood processing, industry products, and other applications. The demand for individual product types is also examined - subdivided into the types acrylic, vinyl, alkyd, epoxy, polyurethane, polyester, other polymers, and other products. In Chapter 2, 16 countries are analyzed in detail: consumption of paints and coatings, export, import, production, and sales. The countries are additionally examined in terms of application areas. The market data on the demand volumes per country are broken down by types of paint and technology: waterborne, solvent-borne, powder coatings, and others. Chapter 3 offers a useful directory of the 112 most important manufacturers of paints and coatings, clearly arranged according to contact data, revenues, profit, product range, production sites, and profile summary. Further information: www.ceresana.com/en/market-studies/industry/paints-coatings-world/ About Ceresana As one of the world's leading market research institutes, Ceresana is specialized in the segments chemicals, plastics, packaging, and industrial goods with a focus on transportation / mobility. Companies have been benefiting from our high-quality industry analyses and forecasts since 2002. More than 200 market studies provide more than 10,000 customers around the world with the knowledge base for their sustainable success. Find more information about Ceresana at www.ceresana.com

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