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QuantumClean joins EICC`s tantalum programme

The company says it is the first and only semiconductor industry outsourced process tool parts cleaner to participate in the programme

QuantumClean has announced its inclusion in the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition's (EICC) Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS) programme for tantalum.

QuantumClean is a global provider of high-purity outsourced process tool parts for cleaning, surface treatment and refurbishment. The firm provides analytical and engineering services to the semiconductor, solar and LED industries,

The EICC, in partnership with the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) launched "The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative" in 2010. This was to meet the need for downstream companies to demonstrate with reasonable certainty the origin and validate smelter procurement processes for four "conflict minerals". These materials include tantalum which is used by many semiconductor wafer fabs. In servicing these fabs, QuantumClean strips and recycles tantalum from many semiconductor process tool chamber parts.

"QuantumClean is committed to do its part in the elimination of unlawful and immoral activities, including unthinkable work conditions surrounding the trade and use of minerals mined in conflict-afflicted areas of the world and used in the semiconductor industry, which is why we elected to participate in the EICC's Conflict-Free Smelter Program for Tantalum," says David Zuck, Vice President and COO of Quantum Global Technologies.

To achieve inclusion in the CFS program, QuantumClean demonstrated tantalum supply chain integrity and traceability at both its Fremont California and Hillsboro Oregon Advanced Technology Cleaning Centres through rigorous 3rd party audits.

QuantumClean says it is the first and only semiconductor industry outsourced process tool parts cleaner to participate in the CFS program.

"When we founded QuantumClean many years ago, we wrote six essential, governing policy statements, including an Environmental and Social Responsibility policy. Our inclusion in EICC's Conflict-Free Sourcing program is the latest affirmation of management's commitment to this policy," concludes Zuck.

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