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ASM International NV
ASM Announces Levitor RTP Shipment for NiSi Anneal to Japanese Customer
BILTHOVEN, The Netherlands, July 29, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- ASM International N.V. (Nasdaq:ASMI)(Euronext:ASM) today announced that its subsidiary, ASM Europe B.V. has shipped its Levitor(R) 4000 RTP system for NiSi anneal applications to a customer in Japan. The Japanese customer will use the Levitor 4000 for the development of Nickel Silicide processes in the temperature range of 200:oC to 550:oC for the 65 nm and 45 nm technology nodes. This is a recently developed application for the Levitor system that, up to now, has largely been used for implant anneal processes in the temperature range of 900:oC to 1100:oC. Launched in 2000, the Levitor 4000 is based on a floating wafer principle: a wafer, confined between two massive hot blocks, is heated through conduction. The gas layer between the wafer surface and reactor blocks self-centers the wafer and keeps it floating without any support. The 0.15 mm thick gas enables uniform, ultra fast heating with rates up to 900:oC/s.
Old Mutual plc
Nedcor Limited Interim Results to 30th June 2003 -- Important information relating to GAAP presentation
LONDON, United Kingdom, July 29, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Nedcor Limited. (Other OTC:NDCRF) (NED.SJ) ("Nedcor"), the 53%-owned banking subsidiary of Old Mutual plc (Other OTC:ODMTF) (LSE:OML), ("Old Mutual") has today issued interim results for the six months ending 30th June 2003. The full text of the Nedcor announcement is available via the news service of the JSE Securities Exchange, South Africa, (SENS), or from the company's website www.oldmutual.com .The unaudited Nedcor results have been prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles currently applicable in South Africa ("SA GAAP"). For the 2003 reporting year these SA GAAP has been modified due primarily to the implementation of AC133, which is a new reporting standard for financial instruments substantially based upon draft International Accounting Standard 39.
SCA: Management change within the European hygiene operations
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, July 29, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- The President of SCA's (Other OTC:SVCBF) European hygiene operations, Stefan Angwald, has left his position. The function will be taken over temporarily by Jan Astrom, President and CEO of SCA. The action, which was initiated by the company, is based on a lack of agreement regarding the future management and organization of the consumer tissue operations.
Golar LNG has completed a directed equity offering
OSLO, Norway, July 29, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Golar LNG (Nasdaq:GLNG) has completed a directed equity offering of 5,600,000 shares towards international institutional investors. The equity offering was significantly oversubscribed. The subscription price is NOK 73 per share, and the issue will give net proceeds of USD 57 million. The company's share capital will after the registration of the share issue consist of 61,612,000 shares, each at a par value of USD 1.00. The managers of the directed issue have been Orkla Enskilda Securities and Fearnley Fonds. The total number of outstanding options is 300,000, with strike price of USD 5.50.
Precise Biometrics AB
Precise Biometrics Receives an Order from Stockholm City's Schools
LUND, Sweden, July 29, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Precise Biometrics AB (publ) (Other OTC:PBMTF), which develops and sells world-leading and user-friendly biometric security solutions based on fingerprints, has received an order for fingerprint readers from Stockholm City's schools. The readers, Precise PC-Card and Precise 100 A BioKeyboard, with software from SAFLINK, will form part of a fixed installation at Tensta Sixth Form College and at a number of elementary schools included in the Spanga-Tensta district administration. The new installation can be viewed as a result of the test installation at Kvarnby School in Rinkeby, which proved to significantly reduce time and expense for password administration. The order value for Precise Biometrics amounts to around SEK 500,000.