Hakuto to represent Maskless Lithography as exclusive Asian distributor in the PCB marketplace

Circuit World

ISSN: 0305-6120

Article publication date: 8 February 2011



(2011), "Hakuto to represent Maskless Lithography as exclusive Asian distributor in the PCB marketplace", Circuit World, Vol. 37 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/cw.2011.21737aab.003



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Hakuto to represent Maskless Lithography as exclusive Asian distributor in the PCB marketplace

Article Type: Industry news From: Circuit World, Volume 37, Issue 1

Maskless Lithography, Inc., a manufacturer of advanced direct-write digital imaging technology to the PCB industry, has signed an exclusive agreement with Hakuto Co. Ltd, Japan, to represent the company’s sales and distribution in all key Asian PCB markets. This news follows the recent announcement of Technica USA as their north American distributor. Earlier this year, Maskless Lithography introduced the industry’s first direct-write lithography system that combines high throughput and yield with best-in-class accuracy and registration using standard photoresists.

Direct-write lithography technology for PCB

“Maskless Lithography has the most advanced direct-write lithography technology in the Industry today. Their patented grey-level imaging and outstanding registration capabilities make the MLI 3000 series a very desirable manufacturing solution for Asian PCB customers, who focus on quality and low-cost solutions,” commented Noriaki Tomioka, Senior Vice President at Hakuto Co. Ltd

“Since 85 per cent of the world’s PCB facilities are in Asia and Hakuto is one of the most respected companies in that marketplace, we are delighted to have reached agreement with them to represent Maskless Lithography throughout Asia,” commented Maskless CEO and President Dr William Elder. “Their deep relationships within major PCB companies worldwide will be invaluable to us as we continue to grow and expand our global footprint.”

About Hakuto, Japan

Hakuto Co. Ltd, Japan, is one of the world’s largest trading companies specializing in electronic equipment, devices and components. Established in 1953, Hakuto has over 57 years experience in the electronics and semiconductor industry. Hakuto is a distributor of high-technology products around the world with emphasis in the Asian marketplace and has recently expanded their sales network and market share in China (www.hakuto.co.jp)

About Maskless Lithography

Maskless Lithography designs and manufactures low cost-of-ownership direct-write lithography production equipment for high-yield PCB manufacturing. Headquartered in San Jose, California, the company was founded in 2005 by Dr Dan Meisburger, who has more than 20 years’ experience managing and developing lithography and metrology products. He has held senior roles at Ultratech Stepper, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and KLA-Tencor, where he was responsible for developing the world’s first high-speed electron beam wafer inspection tool. Meisburger is joined on the executive team by CEO and President Dr William Elder, and COO Edward Carignan. Silicon Valley veteran Elder founded Genus, Inc., a semiconductor capital equipment company that he took public in 1988. Genus was acquired by Aixtron AG in 2005. Carignan is a 25-year veteran in the global PCB industry, holding senior roles with Sanmina-SCI where he had profit and loss responsibility for fabrication divisions in Malaysia, Singapore and China, and also led the division’s overseas expansion strategy (www.maskless.com)

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