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Entegris Opens new $55 million innovation facility

The flagship innovation centre is designed for solving difficult materials science
Entegris Inc has inaugurated its new i2M Centre for Advanced Materials Science ("The i2M Centre") in Bedford, Massachusetts. The facility is the company’s flagship innovation centre for developing filtration and specialty coatings technologies, which are used to maximize production yields in a microelectronics manufacturing environments.

Representing an investment of more than $55 million, the i2M Centre aims to be one of the world’s leading R&D and manufacturing centres for filtration media, metal membranes, electrostatic clamps (E-Chucks) and proprietary advanced, low-temperature coatings.

Bertrand Loy, President and CEO of Entegris, said: “i2M stands for ‘ideas to market’ and we intend for this facility to be our flagship innovation centre for solving very difficult materials science challenges. Our customers run extremely complex manufacturing processes and the i2M Centre reflects our commitment to developing truly innovative solutions to support their process advancements. As a global company serving global customers, we evaluated a number of locations for this new building. We chose Massachusetts because it is at the epicentre of some of the best engineering talent in the world.”

Approximately 100 professionals will work at i2M Centre, many of whom hold doctorates and advanced degrees in material/separation science and chemical engineering. Entegris has approximately 350 employees in Massachusetts and approximately 3,500 employees worldwide. The Company reported on April 30, 2014 that it completed the acquisition of Danbury-based ATMI for $1.1 billion.

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