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Expanding our Capabilities

Expanding our Capabilities

Today is significant for two reasons: first, it’s Applied Materials’ 44th anniversary—we’ve come a long way since 1967—working with amazing people, developing great products and creating an innovative culture; and secondly, it’s now official —Applied Materials and Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates have become one company, combining the best of each to help the world’s leading chip makers solve the challenges of today’s increasingly more complex transistors.
Congress Approves Korea Free Trade Agreement

Congress Approves Korea Free Trade Agreement

After more than four years of convoluted negotiations (both bilaterally and domestically), Congress today finally approved the legislation necessary to ratify and implement the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA). This long overdue action is an important step in U.S. trade policy, and will help open new opportunities and new markets. And the agreement was ratified just in time to welcome South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak to a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday afternoon and to the White House for a state dinner on Thursday evening.The KORUS FTA bill was approved as part of a package of trade-related measures, which also included agreements with Colombia and Panama and an extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance program for displaced U.S. workers. In total, it is estimated that these three agreements would boost U.S. exports by about $13 billion annually – with approximately $10-$11 billion alone stemming from implementation of the KORUS FTA.
Applied Materials to Acquire Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates

Applied Materials to Acquire Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates

Applied Materials announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which Applied will acquire Varian for $63 per share in cash for a total price of approximately $4.9 billion on a fully-diluted basis.The acquisition will extend Applied's leadership in wafer fabrication equipment (WFE) with the addition of the technology leader in ion implantation - a critical step in integrated circuit manufacturing.
Education and Innovation Key to Silicon Valley’s Competitive Edge

Education and Innovation Key to Silicon Valley’s Competitive Edge

Repeated over and over during the 8th Annual CEO Business Climate Summit were two important topics for the future success of high tech companies in California — an educated workforce and innovation.Applied Materials chairman and CEO, Mike Splinter (left), Facebook chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg (second from left), Governor of the State of California, Jerry Brown (center), and SunPower CEO, Tom Werner (second from right), joined a panel discussion moderated by Barbara Marshman (right), editorial page editor at the San Jose Mercury News, to exchange ideas on how to strengthen California’s economy and business climate.
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Applied Materials Ranks on FORTUNE’s Most Admired Companies List

Applied Materials moved up a spot and ranked third behind Intel and Texas Instruments in the ‘semiconductor’ industry on the Most Admired companies list and received an overall score of 6.78. Applied Materials has been on FORTUNE's Most Admired companies list since 1998. The full list is available on FORTUNE’s web site.Per FORTUNE's web site, companies are rated by executives, directors, and analysts in their own industry on nine criteria, from innovation and global competitiveness to social responsibility.