Surface Technology Systems Appoints Dr. Robin Johnson as Chief Operating Officer

Jul 26, 2006, 01:00 ET from Surface Technology Systems plc

    NEWPORT, Wales, July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Surface Technology Systems plc
 (STS) today announced the appointment of Dr. Robin Johnson as its interim
 Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.
     Since returning from North America in 2000, where he was President of a
 component manufacturing company, Dr. Johnson has overseen change management
 within businesses seeking rapid deployment of their technology to the
 market place. Commenting on his appointment by STS, Dr Johnson commented:
 "The time between research and volume production is getting shorter and
 shorter for both STS and our customers. Through capitalising on the
 opportunities new technologies offer I intend to bring strong competitive
 advantage to STS that will benefit our customers globally."
     Throughout his career Dr. Johnson has demonstrated multiple successes
 in delivering innovative products to companies such as Intel, Dell and IBM.
 Gaining his PhD from the University of East Anglia in Solid State Physics
 he then went on to complete an MBA from Kingston Business School
 specialising in International Business and Management of Innovation.
     "We are delighted that Robin has joined the senior management team at
 STS," added STS CEO John Saunders. "His impressive track record at creating
 productive, efficient companies makes him a strong addition to our team. On
 a personal level, I am looking forward to working closely with Robin over
 the next few months as we continue to take new products from R&D through to
 production and capitalise on the strong momentum we have gained to date
     About Surface Technology Systems plc
     STS designs and manufactures a range of highly specialized systems
 incorporating innovative technology used in the production of
 semiconductors and related devices and is a leader in plasma based etch and
 deposition technologies for processing non 'mainstream' semiconductor
 devices. STS serves a range of applications in several emerging sectors
 within the telecommunications, data storage, advanced packaging, MEMS and
     STS is the market leader in deep silicon etching for the growing MEMS
 market, offering patent-protected technology. In addition, STS has a strong
 presence in each of its other served markets and distributes its process
 solutions worldwide through an experienced sales and service operation. The
 Group currently markets in over 30 countries and has an installed base of
 over 850 systems. For more information about STS please see

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