Annual Bob Graham Award Presented to Archie Hwang of Hermes Epitek

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Award Recognizes Outstanding Contributions to Marketing Within the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Industry

HALF MOON BAY, Calif., January 10, 2005 -- Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) today presented the sixth-annual Bob Graham Award for outstanding contributions in semiconductor equipment and materials marketing to Archie Hwang, chairman and CEO of Hermes Epitek. The award was presented at the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) here at the Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay.

Hwang is recognized for being the first to promote and develop a service infrastructure and culture for semiconductor equipment sales in Taiwan. Specifically, he established local support and spare parts centers for fast response and offered free training to enable customers to quickly learn how to use equipment. This approach has since become the central strategy for any semiconductor equipment company entering the Taiwan market.

"Archie’s pioneering work in the marketing of semiconductor equipment became a model for local Taiwan companies as well as large U.S. and Japanese suppliers wanting to do business in Taiwan," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "He stressed the importance of a service culture with total customer satisfaction as the goal."

Hwang, a graduate from National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan, founded Hermes-Epitek Corporation in 1977 to sell and support equipment. The company has evolved into a multinational equipment manufacturer serving Taiwan and other Asian semiconductor-producing regions. A spin-off, Episil Technologies, was formed in 1985 to manufacture linear and power semiconductors. In 1995 another spin-off, Hermes Systems, was founded to develop process and equipment technologies. Hwang serves as chairman and CEO of all three companies. Then in 1997, he co-founded two equipment start-ups, HMI and AIBT. The e-beam & Ion beam products made their debuts in 2004 after 6 years of developments. In 1999, Hwang was elected to the SEMI board of directors.

The Bob Graham Award was established to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to customers through the creation and/or implementation of marketing programs that enhance customer satisfaction and further the growth of the semiconductor equipment and materials industry. The award is named in honor of the late Bob Graham, the distinguished semiconductor industry leader who was part of the founding team of Intel and who helped establish industry-leading companies Applied Materials and Novellus Systems.

Eligible candidates are nominated by their industry peers and are selected by an award committee, which is comprised of members of the Sales and Marketing Executive Council of SEMI (SMECS). Previous recipients include Art Zafiropoulo (2000), Jim Healy and Barry Rapozo (2001), Jerry Hutcheson and Ed Segal (2002), Steve “Shigeru” Nakayama (2003), and Edward Braun (2004).

SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that develop and provide manufacturing technology and materials to the global semiconductor, flat panel display, MEMS and related microelectronics industries. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


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