Signed a sub-contracting inventory management agreement with EMA Inventory Lifecycle Solutions
Migdal Haemek, Israel – August 20, 2007 – Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM; TASE: TSEM), an independent specialty foundry, announced today that EMA Inventory Lifecycle Solutions, a joint partnership of Exel MPL and AVBA Hi-Tech Services, was chosen to integrate a variety of advanced capabilities in logistics, engineering and support services, to facilitate comprehensive solutions for inventory management of spare parts for Tower’s manufacturing tools.
The services provided by EMA will include: onsite spare parts management services, planning, procurement, logistics, repair, transport and delivery. The significant achievement of this transaction is the fact that the vendor purchases and owns the spare part inventory and assumes responsibility for the entire supply chain, including the spare parts’ availability. Therefore, the supplier and the customer share the risks and advantages of managing efficient inventory.
For Tower, this transaction is expected to produce several advantages: (i) cost reduction; (ii) improvement of spare parts’ availability which may result in increased manufacturing capacity; (iii) reduction of Tower’s inventory level.
EMA has vast experience and success in these areas having managed inventory for a leading global semiconductors manufacturing company and other companies from the microelectronics industry.
"EMA offers a complete suite of inventory management solutions tailored for semiconductor companies”, said Shimon Dahan, Tower’s VP of corporate services. “We already see cost reduction and during the coming three years we expect to achieve accumulated savings of approximately $15 million on Tower's spare parts and other costs”.
"Working with Tower presents an excellent opportunity for EMA to diversify our customer's base and services offering”, said Avi Gilboa, EMA’s CEO. “We are proud of Tower’s decision to manage its spare parts inventory through EMA".
About Tower Semiconductor Ltd.
Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Nasdaq: TSEM, TASE: TSEM) is an independent specialty foundry that delivers customized solutions in a variety of advanced CMOS technologies, including digital CMOS, mixed-signal and RF (radio frequency) CMOS, CMOS image sensors, power management devices, and embedded non-volatile memory solutions. Tower’s customer orientation is complemented by its uncompromising attention to quality and service. Its specialized processes and engineering expertise provides highly flexible, customized manufacturing solutions to fulfill the increasing variety of customer needs worldwide. Offering two world-class manufacturing facilities with standard and specialized process technologies ranging from 1.0- to 0.13-micron, Tower Semiconductor provides exceptional design support and technical services to help customers sustain long-term, reliable product performance, while delivering on-time and on-budget results. More information can be found at http://www.towersemi.com.
About EMA Inventory Lifecycle Solutions
For information please visit EMA Inventory Lifecycle Solutions website, located at http://www.emagls.com