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Sumitomo Chemical to Ramp Compound Semiconductor Materials Production.

Tokyo, Oct 7, 2011 - (JCN) - Sumitomo Chemical announced today an expansion of facilities for production of compound semiconductor materials at the Chiba Works to further strengthen this business and enhance a stable supply of such materials to customers.

Compound semiconductor materials for which the company will expand production are GaAs epitaxial wafers (GaAs epiwafers) prepared by thin film crystal growth of materials, such as GaAs, on GaAs substrates.

Sumitomo has been manufacturing GaAs epiwafers at the Chiba Works and Sumika Electronic Materials, Inc., its US subsidiary, with production capacity expanded stepwise in the past.

Given expectations of a continued increase in demand for GaAs epiwafers, the company has decided to double the compound semiconductor materials production capacity at the Chiba Works with an investment of about four billion yen for the purpose of establishing a fully secured system for stable supply as well as expanding the business.

In addition, capitalizing on its technology cultivated through the GaAs epiwafers business, Sumitomo Chemical is engaged in the development of new compound semiconductor materials. Specifically, the company will participate in the government-private sector joint project for next generation.

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Date:Oct 7, 2011
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