Valutek and SUMCO Announce Historic 5-year Partnership

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Valutek to become exclusive provider of cleanroom supplies to SUMCO within innovative vendor-managed program.

Valutek, a leading solutions provider of supplies for cleanrooms and controlled environments, has announced an historic 5-year partnership with SUMCO Phoenix Corporation, an international manufacturer of silicon wafers for the global semiconductor industry. In the landmark deal, Valutek will directly support SUMCO's Arizona and New Mexico facilities with all cleanroom supplies, rather than through a distributor. In addition, Valutek will provide a dedicated, on-site inventory specialist to support this new initiative.

"We've had a great relationship with SUMCO since 1996, when we provided cleanroom supplies to them through a distributor. This new partnership gives Valutek the opportunity to directly support their operations - it's truly groundbreaking," said Greg Heiland, CEO and President of Valutek. "We are the manufacturer, and we have the ability to control all elements of the manufacturing process, from raw material all the way to the operator's hands, feet, and head. This differentiator enables us to give SUMCO superior cleanroom supplies that address their operating environments perfectly."

"Additionally, our new inventory management process enables Valutek to maintain a full 30-days of cleanroom supplies at all times, guaranteeing SUMCO will have what they need, when they need it, in the amounts they require. Our newly created On-site Sales Specialist position can give SUMCO a daily 'personal touch' that is unmatched by other manufacturers in the industry. There's no need to make a phone call or send an email, because when they need us, we'll be there, in-person and ready to help," said Heiland.

"We are very excited to partner with Valutek. Greg and his team have consistently been on the leading edge of innovation. Their model of selecting highly motivated, experienced people has enabled them to be, in my opinion, the leader in the industry. Our 10+ year history with Valutek has produced outstanding results for SUMCO," said David Fruth, Purchasing Manager for SUMCO's plants in Phoenix and Albuquerque, NM.

"Through a customized support solution agreement, we can ensure the success of SUMCO's Arizona and New Mexico facilities while helping them maintain the outstanding levels of quality their customers have always received. It's really an ideal solution for both Valutek and SUMCO, and we look forward to working together on a direct basis for years to come," said Heiland.

About SUMCO Corporation - http://www.sumcousa.com/
SUMCO Corporation (SUMCO) is an international leader in the production of ultra-pure, defect-free, single crystal silicon wafers for the global semiconductor industry. SUMCO provides state-of-the-art products, high-tech solutions and technologies to customers worldwide, and offers the broadest technology base in the wafering industry. SUMCO operates 12 manufacturing facilities located in Asia, Europe and the United States.

About Valutek - http://www.valutek.com
Valutek has been providing cleanroom supplies for controlled environments for thousands of customers in the pharmaceutical, electronic, and biomedical industries since 1988. Its one-source shopping model eliminates the need to coordinate multiple manufacturers, invoices, and contacts. Valutek offers its customers the best experience possible with best-in-class cleanroom supplies and superior customer service. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Valutek also has operations in Penang, Malaysia.

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