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Applied Materials (AMAT) has signed an enhanced two-year contract with GLOBALFOUNDRIES to service all AMAT's equipment at its Fab 1 facility in Dresden, Germany.

This Applied Performance Service contract goes beyond traditional tool maintenance to support GLOBALFOUNDRIES in optimising technology ramps, increasing capacity, reducing scrap and improving factory output stability in critical areas.

These value-added services for GLOBALFOUNDRIES will be supported by Applied's FabVantage team of technology, equipment and industrial engineering experts who offer key insights to help customers solve some of their most difficult manufacturing challenges.

"GLOBALFOUNDRIES is currently ramping its worldwide capacity, including the build-out of the Dresden site into the largest manufacturing site in Europe," said Kay-Uwe Weber, Director Global Supply Management of GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 1. "We believe the spirit of this contract - to have both service teams collaborate even closer using Applied's technical depth and Fab1's manufacturing experience - will provide us with custom-made services to accelerate our success."

Under the agreement, a team of Applied certified engineers will provide GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 1 with 24 x 7 support in mission-critical areas, using advanced engineering and logistics technologies, including Applied's ExpertConnect remote diagnostic capability and Applied E3 equipment engineering and diagnostic software.

All the Applied tools covered under the enhanced contract will receive preventive and corrective maintenance, spare parts management, parts cleaning and coating, and analytical services.

"We are very pleased that GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 1 has chosen us as an important collaborator and resource in helping to achieve its aggressive growth and technology goals in Dresden," said Charlie Pappis, group vice president and general manager of Applied Global Services. "Together, we've tailored a flexible, wide-ranging Performance Service program that focuses Applied's efforts on solving high-value manufacturing challenges - which will allow GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 1 to focus on its core competency - providing high quality, advanced technology to its customers."

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