Vacuum Engineering & Materials to Market EEJA Electroplating Semiconductor Equipment in the United States

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VEM expands product portfolio promoting EEJA’s newly designed POSFER-E series electroplating equipment – compact, highly-functional and fully-automated equipment at a competitive price

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Vacuum Engineering & Materials, which has superior sales channels spanning throughout the entire United States, will enable EEJA to further expand business all over the U.S.

Vacuum Engineering & Materials Inc. (VEM), a leading supplier of high-purity PVD materials, announced that it has entered into the semiconductor equipment market by signing a strategic sales representation agreement with Tanaka Kikinzoku International (AMERICA) Inc., a subsidiary of Tanaka Precious Metals, for products of Electroplating Engineers of Japan (EEJA), based in Kanagawa, Japan. Under the terms of the agreement, VEM will act as a sales representative of EEJA’s wafer plating equipment including the newly announced POSFER-E series throughout the United States.

VEM has been providing expert sales and support to over 200 customers for 27 years. The addition of EEJA’s line of electroplating systems will fit well with VEM’s strong presence in the thin film materials market, expanding EEJA’s reach into United States.

By combining forces, “Vacuum Engineering & Materials, which has superior sales channels spanning throughout the entire United States, will enable EEJA to further expand business all over the U.S.,” said Mr. Kazuhiro Taniguchi, Director, General Manager of EEJA. VEM’s professional approach and experienced sales team complements EEJA’s high quality product offering.

With the footprint for semiconductor equipment becoming smaller, EEJA is redesigning their POSFER-C series, and will be launching the POSFER-E series in January 2014. The compact, highly-functional and fully-automated electroplating semiconductor system designed for up to 8-inch wafer volume production, delivers a 150% higher throughput, 40% smaller footprint and 40% reduced price when compared to its predecessor. In addition, its unique cup structure is capable of agitating the plating solution powerfully near the wafer surface, improving embedded deep vias and thickness uniformity.

“We are very excited to bring our 27 years of marketing and sales expertise into partnership with EEJA,” said Jon Myers, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of VEM. “This partnership is in alignment with our philosophy of continuously building on quality and service. We believe the POSFER-E series will be of high interest to our current customers and look forward to forming a strong and long lasting partnership.”

Vacuum Engineering & Materials has been recognized as a trusted supplier of high-quality PVD materials for over 27 years. Based on years of experience, VEM continues to innovate new products and services that provide our customers with the latest PVD solutions available today.

About Vacuum Engineering & Materials (VEM)
Vacuum Engineering & Materials is a leading supplier of high-purity thin film deposition materials used in the semiconductor, wireless, photonics, LED, data storage, aerospace & defense and life sciences markets. From cutting edge R&D needs to large production requirements, VEM offers a full range of products and services. Our product portfolio, ranging from high-purity PVD sputtering targets to evaporation materials, spans the periodic table and we have an experienced technical team developing innovative new products. VEM also provides precious metal reclamation and shield cleaning services. VEM is ISO 9001 and ITAR registered. More information can be found at

About Tanaka Precious Metals
Established in 1885, Tanaka Precious Metals has built a diversified range of business activities focused on the use of precious metals. Tanaka Precious Metals is a top class manufacturer and supplier in volume of quality precious metals in Japan. For many years the group has developed and stably supplied industrial precious metals, in addition to providing accessories and savings commodities utilizing precious metals. As precious metal professionals, the Group will continue to contribute to enriching people’s lives in the future.

The eight core companies in the Tanaka Precious Metals are as follows:

  • Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd. (pure holding company) - Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K.
  • Tanaka Kikinzoku Hanbai K.K. - Tanaka Kikinzoku International K.K.
  • Tanaka Denshi Kogyo K.K. - Electroplating Engineers of Japan, Limited
  • Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewelry K.K. - Tanaka Kikinzoku Business Service

About Electroplating Engineers of Japan (EEJA)
Head office: 5-50 Shinmachi, Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa
EEJA develops, produces, sells and exports advanced plating equipment and plating solutions. The Sel-Rex precious metal and base metal plating solutions, additives and surface processing-related chemicals are developed, produced and sold through partnership with Enthone Group. More information can be found at

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