The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the Tokyo Electron (TEL) Group. We wish to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported Tokyo Electron these long years.
The history of semiconductors extends over half a century, starting with the invention of the transistor in 1947. Since then, semiconductors have made dramatic contributions to human life and to the productivity of society. In information and communication technology, they have shaped a ubiquitous society typified by the words "Anyone, anywhere, anytime." Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are expected to spread more rapidly in the future, as they become more pervasive in developed nations and the number of purchasers in emerging economies increases. Furthermore, the global importance of semiconductors has been increasing, as the core technology for a variety of industries which are expected to experience significant growth in future, including medical care, education, finance, automobiles, aviation, aerospace, safety and environment. The semiconductor, flat panel display and photovoltaic panel production equipment handled by Tokyo Electron is foundational for each of these industries, and are supportive core technologies enabling the advancement of a variety of electronic devices.
Based upon our corporate philosophy of "supporting the development of a dream-inspiring society through our cutting-edge technologies and reliable services," all our management and employees will work as one in our aim for continued growth through business expansion and market creation, and by always striving for technological innovation in a dynamic market. Furthermore, as a true global company, we will maintain and increase the transparency of our operations to meet the expectations of our stakeholders worldwide.
I ask for your continued support in our efforts to achieve these goals.