SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aviza Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVZA), a supplier of advanced semiconductor equipment and process technologies for the global semiconductor, compound semiconductor, nanotechnology and other related markets, today announced it has selected Fastgate Corporation as the company's authorized distributor in Japan. Fastgate will be responsible for distributing and servicing Aviza's suite of products in the Japanese market. "Japan is a critical and strategically important market for Aviza, where the company has a large installed base of primarily atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD) systems as well as atomic layer deposition (ALD) tools," said Rick O'Malley, Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Customer Support of Aviza Technology, Inc. "Our partnership with Fastgate demonstrates our continued commitment to this region and to our Japanese customers. We believe that together with Aviza's existing Japan sales, service and support offices and Fastgate's established network, this partnership will help enhance Aviza's position in the Japanese market. Aviza Technology KK and Fastgate intend to leverage the increased sales and service infrastructure to promote the company's newly expanded portfolio of product offerings and advanced process technology and materials solutions." Prior to working with Aviza, Fastgate had a successful five-year partnership with Trikon Technologies distributing and servicing Trikon's CVD, etch and PVD products. Following the completion of Aviza's and Trikon's merger transaction, Fastgate will continue to promote the former Trikon products in addition to Aviza's ALD systems and diffusion and low pressure CVD (LPCVD) furnaces. Both Aviza and Fastgate will be participating at the SEMICON Japan exhibition, which will be held from Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005 - Friday, Dec. 9, 2005 in Chiba, Japan. For more information about Aviza and its products, please visit Aviza's booth in Hall 2, #2B-201 or Fastgate's booth in Hall 4, #4B-906 of the Makuhari Messe. Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect Aviza's management's current expectations regarding future events and Aviza's future performance, including, but not limited to, the statements made by Rick O'Malley and all statements containing the words "will," "believe," "intend" or words of similar import. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: whether Aviza and Trikon will be able to integrate their businesses successfully and achieve anticipated synergies, variability of Aviza's revenues and financial performance, risks associated with product development and technological changes, the acceptance of Aviza's products in the marketplace by existing and potential future customers, disruption of operations or increases in expenses caused by civil or political unrest or other catastrophic events, general economic conditions and conditions in the semiconductor industry in particular, the continued employment of key personnel and risks associated with competition. Some of these factors and other important factors are detailed in various Securities and Exchange Commission filings that have been made by Aviza (formerly, New Athletics, Inc.) and Trikon, particularly in Aviza's latest Registration Statement on Form S-4, copies of which are available from Aviza without charge. Please review these filings and do not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. About Aviza Technology, Inc. Aviza Technology, Inc. is a supplier of advanced semiconductor equipment and process technologies for the global semiconductor, compound semiconductor, nanotechnology and other related markets. Aviza offers both front-end-of-line (FEOL) and back-end-of-line (BEOL) process applications including products for atomic layer deposition (ALD), diffusion and low pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) furnaces, atmospheric pressure CVD (APCVD), CVD, etch and physical vapor deposition (PVD). The company is publicly traded on the NASDAQ National Market. Aviza is headquartered in Scotts Valley, Calif., with manufacturing, R&D, sales and customer support facilities located in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. Additional information about the company can be found at http://www.avizatechnology.com .
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