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MEMC Selects Factory Commander® for Advanced Factory Cost Modeling


June 10, 1999 (Business Wire) - MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., a leading supplier of silicon wafers used in the production of integrated circuits, announced today that it has purchased advanced factory cost optimization software from Wright Williams & Kelly. The software, Factory Commander®, will initially be used in the US and Japan to help optimize 300mm wafer process design.

According to Steve Brunkhorst, 300mm Product Manager at MEMC, "We will use Factory Commander® to evaluate innovative 300mm technologies and select the most effective process. It will also enable us to accurately predict all costs associated with a particular process design prior to construction of a mass production facility. We know that the marketplace values MEMC's robust approach to product design and cost engineering."

"We are pleased to have MEMC join our rapidly growing list of Factory Commander® customers," stated David Jimenez, WWK's VP and GM. "The massive investments associated with 300mm development are driving organizations to fully understand all the potential financial impacts. Factory Commander® is helping companies like MEMC to manage this transition in a manner that will minimize the business risks. MEMC is the first silicon supplier to implement this strategy and I believe this reflects their focus on manufacturing excellence."

MEMC is a leading producer of silicon wafers in the world. The silicon wafer is the fundamental building block of semiconductors, which, in turn, are found in virtually all electronics applications, including computers, telecommunications equipment, automobiles, consumer electronics products, industrial automation and control systems, and analytical and defense systems. Headquartered in St. Peters, MO, MEMC operates manufacturing facilities directly or through joint ventures in Italy, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States.


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