Cabot Microelectronics, Ondeo Nalco Form WWM/WR Alliance

Cabot Microelectronics Corp. a supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) polishing slurries to the semiconductor industry, has formed an alliance with Ondeo Nalco to provide flexible strategic sourcing solutions for wastewater management and water recycling (WWM/WR) to CMP customers in defined segments of the electronics industry.

In order to provide CMP customers with the benefit of the leading-edge expertise of both Cabot Microelectronics and Ondeo Nalco in this critical area of the overall semiconductor manufacturing process, Cabot Microelectronics brings its extensive knowledge of CMP consumables and the CMP process and Ondeo Nalco will deliver the WWM/WR strategic sourcing packages directly to customers.

"Among the critical issues facing semiconductor manufacturers are increasingly stringent requirements for reducing wastewater generation and water usage … We believe this alliance will combine our in-depth knowledge of CMP processes and chemistries with Ondeo Nalco's leadership in wastewater management and water recycling to offer our customers robust solutions to these challenges," stated Jeremy Jones, Cabot Microelectronics' vice president of New Business Development.

"We finance, operate, maintain, and continuously adapt and improve the water management/water recycle process for the customer," said Matt Knight, vice president of the Industrial and Institutional Services Division for Ondeo Nalco. "This allows customers to focus on their core competency — making semiconductors — while accessing the technology needed to manage their wastewater needs."

Where appropriate, Ondeo Nalco will utilize the services and products of its affiliate, Ondeo Industrial Solutions, in delivering WWM/WR solutions to customers.

Cabot Microelectronics, based in Aurora, Illinois, is active in the development and supply of high-performance polishing slurries used for chemical mechanical planarization (CMP), a process that enables the manufacture of the most advanced integrated circuit (IC) devices and hard disk drive components. The Company reported fiscal 2002 revenues of $235.2 million.

Ondeo Nalco, a subsidiary of SUEZ Environment Industrial Services division, is active in water treatment and process chemicals with 10,000 employees working with more than 60,000 customers in 130 countries and annual revenues of $2.7 billion.

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