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28 March 2018

Neoganth® W Pre Dip – Atotech’s new horizontal activator pre dip for fine line applications

Neoganth® W Pre Dip is Atotech’s new process for desmear and metallisation (PTH) process steps for fine line HDI and package substrate applications. The new pre dip assures higher yield rates due to a significantly reduced occurrence of short circuits.

The trend for ever smaller lines and spaces in advanced HDI boards for mobile applications continues. Lines and spaces (L/S) will be reduced to 25/25 µm by 2019. The trend was made possible by manufacturing technologies such as modified semi-additive processes (mSAP) and advanced modified semi-additive processes (amSAP). With this minimization comes the need for new PORs (process of record), which offer significant technical advantages over existing ones.

Neoganth® W Pre Dip
Atotech’s newly developed Neoganth® W Pre Dip is a low foaming activator pre dip designed for horizontal transportation mode such as in Atotech’s Uniplate® LB line. The process leads to a significant reduction in particle formation thereby enabling higher yield rates in fine line production. A key feature to achieve this is its alkaline pH.

Customer data has shown that using Neoganth® W Pre Dip reduces the occurrence of short circuits in the process by up to 50% compared to competitive products. At the same time, the process provides excellent coverage performance while significantly reducing foaming behavior.

Neoganth® W Pre Dip is best used in front of an ionic PTH activator, such as Neoganth® U Activator or Neoganth® X Activator. It ensures proper wetting, pre-conditions the glass fibers and securely removes remaining copper oxides after etch cleaning.

The process has already been rolled-out successfully in Korea, Taiwan and China. Its key benefits allow it to exceed previous PTH POR process steps thereby assuring customers receive outstanding performance results.

Coverage performance comparison on 4 different base materials (Isola IS410,Panasonic R1755C, Nanya NP140,Shengyi S1141) after new make-up, throughput and with maximum drag-in of Neoganth® W Pre Dip into the subsequent activator bath

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Schweizer Electronic AG: Preliminary unaudited group figures for Fiscal Year 2017

* Preliminary annual result amounts to 3.5 million euro

* Turnover and EBITDA within forecast

* Order book with 181.5 million euro significantly higher than previous year

Schramberg, March 22, 2018 – According to preliminary unaudited IFRS figures the SCHWEIZER Group was able to boost its annual result 2017 to 3.5 million euro (2016: 0.6 million euro). Besides the operative development, which was better than expected, the par- tial sale of SCHWEIZER’s stake in Meiko Electronics amounting to 4.0 million euros had a positive impact on the financial income. In the fourth quarter of the year 2017 SCHWEIZER and Meiko Electronics had agreed on a reduction of their mutual shareholding. The partial sale of the shares has no impact on the continuing successful cooperation of the two com- panies.

At the operative level the company achieved an EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) of 12.5 million euro, which corresponds to a ratio of 10.3 percent. Due to special effects, this key figure was negatively affected, so that the EBITDA in consideration of the special effects amounted to 9.5 million euro (2016: 9.5 million euro). This corresponds to an EBITDA ratio of 7.8 percent. The special effects concern legal cost provisions for pending lawsuits as well as extraordinary expenses in connection with the establishment of a new production plant in China.

With sales of 120.9 million euro in the year 2017, the SCHWEIZER Group has achieved its highest Group turnover so far. Reporting an order book increase of 14 percent to 181.5 million euro (2016: 158.4 million euro), the company is in a very good position for the fur- ther development.

The high order income and the good operative results support the growth plans of the company through the construction of a production plant in the province of Jiangsu (China).

Final, audited figures for the business year 2017 will be disclosed on April 20, 2018.

Explanations to Financial Figures are available at: https://www.schweizer.ag/en/investor-relations/company- key-figures/explanations-financial-figures.html

 

 

 

 

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