In fact, the company reports it has grown, on average, approximately 20 percent year-over-year since 2003-successfully avoiding a drop in order intake and revenue even in 2008 and 2009 despite the global economic recession.
According to Hermann Waltl, EVG's executive sales and customer support director, the company capitalizes on its technology and market leadership by continuously building upon its extensive experience in bringing new and innovative products to market. "It's been another solid year for our company and demonstrative of our continuous investment in R&D. We firmly believe that our strong emphasis on R&D provides us with an edge in supporting our customers' increasingly sophisticated manufacturing requirements. As a result, we've witnessed continuous year-over-year growth since our inception in 1980-as well as expansion into key, high-growth markets, which has played a significant role in allowing us to successfully navigate through the ups and downs of this cyclical economy."
EVG also announced that its EVG770 Automated NIL Stepper won the prestigious fifth annual EuroAsia Semiconductor IC Industry Award in the category of back-end-of-line (BEOL) wafer processing. The IC Industry award winners are nominated by customers and other users of the tools. This win points to the company's excellence in service and the technology prowess of the EVG770 system, which is designed for step-and-repeat large-area UV-nanoimprint lithography (UV-NIL) processes for various applications, including 3D ICs, MEMS and CMOS image sensors.
In other news, the company recently unveiled a new technology capability that enables ultra-high-resolution patterning of features down to 12.5 nm: Soft Molecular Scale Nanoimprint Lithography (SMS-NIL). Based on EVG's proven UV-NIL systems, SMS-NIL provides customers with a repeatable, cost-effective process for producing ultra-high-resolution patterning on large-area surfaces. EVG also received a major order from Norway-based MEMS sensor producer Sensonor Technologies AS for its GEMINI® fully automated wafer bonding system. Sensonor will use the Gemini in the production of microbolometers-thermal imaging sensors used for such applications as night vision gear for security and military applications, on-board monitors in automobiles to help detect and avoid pedestrians and animals on roads at night, and imaging systems to improve building construction.
The company also announced the latest addition to its industry-leading EVG500 Series of permanent wafer bonding systems-the new three-chamber EVG520L3 wafer bonding system. The EVG520L3 addresses the need for high-vacuum, CMOS-compatible bonding processes while delivering significantly higher throughput, cost of ownership (CoO) and yields.