Dec 02, 2004

Seagate Expands Capacity at Springtown Plant

Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX) has completed a significant expansion of production capabilities at its recording head fabrication facility located in Springtown Industrial Estate, Londonderry. The company has fitted-out an additional 25,000 sq ft of cleanroom space within the factory and will presently occupy 10,000 sq ft of this. The remaining 15,000 sq ft will be occupied as needed to meet future requirements.

This additional cleanroom space will allow the Springtown facility to increase its current manufacturing capabilities, enabling the company to develop and manufacture the newest recording head technologies in the hard disc drive industry. A cleanroom is an area that is controlled to reduce levels of contamination, an environment that is essential for the highly sensitive wafer fabrication process that is undertaken at Springtown. The facility uses Class 100 cleanrooms, meaning that in the cleanroom a cubic foot of air will not contain more than 100 particles bigger than half a micron*.

John Spangler, plant manager at Seagate's Springtown facility, said the expansion was an essential part of Seagate's strategy to maintain technology leadership: "This effort will help ensure that Springtown continues to play a central role in extending Seagate's capability to develop and manufacture advanced technology products. As hard disc drives expand their role at the heart of new and exciting digital devices and systems, new products will be required to provide the vast amounts of storage that these devices depend on," he said. "Furthermore, the decision to expand at Springtown reflects Seagate's confidence in the high quality of talent available in Northern Ireland".

* A micron is one thousandth of a millimetre or one millionth of a meter.

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Seagate has two facilities in Northern Ireland, employing over 1,800 people between them. At the Springtown wafer fabrication facility, the Company develops and manufactures the recording heads, which write information onto and read information from the recording disc inside a computer's hard drive. The Company's Limavady facility produces nickel-plated aluminium substrates, the core material on which computer hard disc drives read, write and store digital information.

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