The “Internet of Things” is altering how people interact with their devices. From smartphones to smart homes and self-driving cars, the speed of innovation is dependent on how fast the semiconductor industry develops microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).
Teikoku Taping System (TTS), a Nagoya-based company that designs and builds semiconductor-manufacturing machines, has led innovation in MEMS technology.
Celebrating its fourth year in Arizona, TTS manufactures tools that allow innovation in production methods for various applications such as semiconductors, automobile sensors and medical devices.
In the last few years, many Japanese companies, particularly those in the semiconductor sector, have moved to Phoenix, attracted by the city’s new reputation for innovation. For a company that invests heavily in research and development, TTS found the perfect place in the state.
While most of Teikoku America’s success stems from its cutting edge technology in manufacturing 300-mm wafer-related machines, the company has identified new areas of growth.
“Aside from MEMS, we now see exciting opportunities in enhancing solar technology and medical devices,” said President H.C. Lee.
Amid fierce competition, Teikoku has differentiated itself from rivals by combining technology, attractive costs and robust aftersales support.
“A lot of end users endure slow customer service from other providers. We want the industry to consider us as partners throughout the customer journey,” Lee said.