WIN Semiconductors ISO14001 & OHSAS18001 Certifications Set Another Standard for GaAs Foundry Servic

Taipei, Taiwan, November 25, 2003 -- WIN Semiconductors Corporation (WIN) has set another standard for GaAs MMIC Foundry Industry by obtaining both ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 certifications. In addition to continuous improvement in both technology development and volume production capabilities, WIN has become the first, and only, GaAs manufacturer in Taiwan to be qualified for these certifications. Dr. C. S. Wu, President and CEO of WIN, will represent WIN to receive both certificates from SGS Taiwan Ltd., the Yarsley International Certification Services, today.


Published in 1996, ISO 14001 standard's objective is to establish a coordinated framework of controls to manage environmental protection and to form a formal and logical basis for environmental management. OHSAS 18001 is a comprehensive Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) management system specification, designed to enable companies to control OH&S risks and improve its performance by emphasizing legislative & regulatory commitment and continual improvement.


"WIN is dedicated to manufacture innovation and technology development to provide a superior compound semiconductor device and integrated circuit manufacturing foundry service. WIN was awarded QS-9000 and ISO9001 Quality certificates last year," Dr. Wu pointed out, "now WIN has demonstrated its support for industrial safety, environmental protection and pollution prevention in balance with socioeconomic needs."


The receipt of these certifications confirms WIN's pledge to pursue zero environmental pollution, zero safety violations, zero health risk, a safe working environment and to protecting employees against injury at work. In addition, WIN considers that it bears an unequivocal responsibility to its customers, shareholders, employees and the community to commit to legal compliance, pollution prevention and continual improvement in these areas. Beyond these requirements, WIN will continually enhance its environmental management system to achieve further improvements in environmental performance through a constant pursuit of perfection by the employment of "Plan - Do - Check - Act" cycles."


In 2002 WIN has entered volume production stage. Strategic Alliances and Foundry service agreements has been reached with several Design houses and IDMs. Consequently, in spite of the current global slow down and market down turn, WIN's revenue this year is expected to increase more than 300% of last year's level. This demonstrates that WIN's technology, quality system and production capability have set a model for GaAs foundry services.