Samco opens new office in Malaysia, strengthens presence in Southeast Asia
Samco, a semiconductor process equipment developer and manufacturer based in Japan, announced that it will open its Malaysia branch office on Aug. 10, 2016 in Petaling Jaya, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur.
“With our new office conveniently located near Kuala Lumpur, we expect to better serve Malaysia’s research universities and manufacturers,” says Osamu Tsuji, Samco’s chairman, president and CEO. “Four company representatives will be assigned to this new location, where they will actively provide production-type systems and services, consisting of the three major technologies Samco specializes in.”
These technologies include: thin film deposition with PECVD and ALD systems; microfabrication with ICP etching, RIE and DRIE systems; and surface treatment with plasma cleaning and UV ozone cleaning systems.
“Samco has been continually enhancing its sales presence and service capability in Southeast Asia since the establishment of Samco’s Singapore office 20 years ago,” says Tsuji. “The region has seen an increased number of semiconductor and electronic component manufacturers in recent years, which initially led to the creation of the company’s former Vietnam service office in Ho Chi Minh during 2012.”
However, Tsuji adds, there was still a considerable physical distance between the Vietnam office and the Europe-based device manufacturers that have accumulated in Malaysia (mainly in Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Malacca), as well as the research institutions of some of Samco’s important customers.
“Bridging that distance was one reason Samco decided to replace its Vietnam office with our new location in Malaysia,” he says.
These efforts to strengthen the company’s presence in Southeast Asia include samco-ucp, which was established in Liechenstein after the acquisition of plasma cleaner systems maker UCP in May 2014, and now serves as Samco’s main European office.
“Some of samco-ucp’s chief customers are concentrated in Southeast Asia,” says Tsuji. “Our Malaysia office will also be used as a sales and service base for samco-ucp’s main product, production-type plasma cleaners that operate with a remote plasma source.”
Currently, the company’s annual sales in the region are nearly 2 million USD, which is expected to rise to 5 million USD after three years.
“With the combined sales revenue from both companies, we plan to increase Samco’s annual revenue in Malaysia to 10 million USD,” says Tsuji.
Samco’s Malaysia branch office is located at:
C-8-21, Block C, Centum at Oasis Corporate Park,
No. 2, Jalan PJU 1A/2, Ara Damansara, 47301
Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Samco was founded by Osamu Tsuji in 1979 as the Semiconductor And Materials Company. From its modest beginnings in Kyoto, Japan, Samco has grown into a $50 million corporation with more than 180 high-level design and production research associates at its corporate headquarters in Kyoto, sales and service offices in Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea and Singapore, its Europe head office in Liechtenstein, its main US office in Sunnyvale, California and its New York office. The Silicon Valley research and development facility in Sunnyvale was opened in 1987.
As an innovative developer of plasma material science, Samco has been providing deposition, etch, and surface treatment systems for 37 years, installing more than 3,600 systems in 30 countries, and continues to play a critical role in the production of our customers’ power devices, LEDs, LDs, MEMS, TSVs, SAW devices, RF devices and photonic crystals. Samco has earned a reputation for “Sharpening the Cutting Edge” by rapidly developing and manufacturing turnkey equipment/process solutions through partnerships with its customers in design and process development.