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2013-05-17 13:46:00.0 Topics

Expands Test Handler, Probe Card Supply Capability

TOKYO, Japan - May 17, 2013 - Leading semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857, NYSE: ATE) announced today that its new factory in Cheonan, South Korea, has been completed. Production of test handlers - used in conjunction with testers in semiconductor manufacturing - began this week. The new factory boasts a monthly production capacity of 80 test handlers and 40 probe cards.

A ceremony was held at the factory yesterday to celebrate its completion, with Ahn Hee-jung, governor of Chungnam in attendance, among other local dignitaries, in addition to representatives from Advantest customers and suppliers.

Also yesterday, Advantest Korea Co., Ltd. moved its headquarters from Seoul to the new Cheonan facility.

Located at 421, Chaam-dong, Seobuk-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungchongnam-do, the new factory comprises a two-storey building and a basement area with a total area of 39,821m2. It represents an investment of approximately 50 billion won ($44 million / \4.4 billion).

Advantest announced the relocation of its handler and device interface production to South Korea in 2012 in recognition of the country’s importance as a center of semiconductor manufacturing. The new factory will enable the company to align its operations more precisely with customer needs. It also represents an expansion of production capacity that is expected to further improve the Advantest Group’s competitiveness in the global arena.

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