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Hemlock Semiconductor Group wins 2013 Supplier of the Year Awards from SUMCO Japan and SUMCO USA
[August 15, 2014]

Hemlock Semiconductor Group wins 2013 Supplier of the Year Awards from SUMCO Japan and SUMCO USA

MIDLAND, Mich. --(Business Wire)--

Tokyo, Japan-based SUMCO Corporation and Phoenix, Ariz.-based SUMCO Phoenix Corporation have both named polycrystalline silicon (polysilicon) manufacturer Hemlock Semiconductor Group as the recipient of the companies' 2013 Supplier of the Year Awards.

Hemlock Semiconductor Group's high-purity polysilicon for use in semiconductor and solar application ...

Hemlock Semiconductor Group's high-purity polysilicon for use in semiconductor and solar applications (Photo: Business Wire)

The distinction places Hemlock Semiconductor among SUMCO Japan's top five suppliers out of approximately 1,000. For 2013, Hemlock Semiconductor scored 92 out of 100 on SUMCO's supplier evaluation, which examines product quality, technology, cost, delivery and customer service. On the written portion of the evaluation, evaluators specifically thanked Hemlock Semiconductor for contributing to SUMCO's financial performance for 2013 via the commercialization of key polysilicon products. Since the award program began in 2001, Hemlock Semiconductor has now received recognition six times.

"We appreciate your efforts to provide ongoing communications regarding product life continuous improvement plans, product variability reduction plans, change control forecast, business continuity plans and technological roadmaps," wrote James K. Fortman, CPM, Corporate Director of Purchasing for SUMCO Phoenix Corporation, in a letter informing Hemlock Semiconductor of the honor. "Thank you again for your continued support in meeting SUMCO's quality, supply and production requirements."

"Hemlock Semiconductor is honored to be recognized as a Supplier of the Year for SUMCO," said Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. Commercial and Product Line Director Phil Dembowski. "The award is a reflection of our commitment to outstanding customer service and the reliable supply of high-quality, cost-competitive materials for the electronics industry. Hemlock Semicnductor has a long history of working with SUMCO, and we look forward to our continued collaboration in the future."

About Hemlock Semiconductor Group

Hemlock Semiconductor Group ( is comprised of several joint venture companies owned in majority by Dow Corning (News - Alert) Corporation. Hemlock Semiconductor is a leading provider of polycrystalline silicon and other silicon-based products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices, and solar cells and modules. Hemlock Semiconductor began its operations in 1961.

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About Dow Corning

Dow Corning ( provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company's Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands. Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning's annual sales are outside the United States. Dow Corning's global operations adhere to the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care® initiative, a stringent set of standards designed to advance the safe and secure management of chemical products and processes.

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Phoenix, Ariz.-based SUMCO Phoenix Corporation and Tokyo, Japan-based SUMCO Corporation manufacture electronic-grade silicon wafers for the semiconductor industry. The wafers are used by companies all over the world to make integrated circuits and semiconductor devices that power a myriad of electronic products, from computers to cellphones and from digital watches to automobile engine systems.

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